Mesco Gold

Mesco closes in on gold licence

Date of Release: 
Aug 9 2016

After an unexpectedly lengthy review, the Ministry of Environment has approved the environmental and social impact study of Indian mining firm Mesco Gold, clearing the last major hurdle for the company to receive a licence to operate the Kingdom’s first royalty-generating mine.

“The Ministry of Environment has given its approval for underground mining over a 12 square kilometre area,” Rajeev Moudgil, director of Mesco Gold (Cambodia) Ltd, said yesterday.

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Mesco set to draw first gold from Ratanakkiri mine

Date of Release: 
Oct 30 2015

Mesco Gold has established the required surface-level infrastructure and is awaiting government approval to begin the extraction of gold at its Phum Syarung mine in Ratanakkiri province, the company’s director said yesterday.

The Indian mining firm is poised to become the first operational commercial mine in Cambodia and could begin drawing gold in early 2016.

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Indigenous people fighting for their culture in Cambodia

Date of Release: 
Aug 31 2015

In the far northeast of Cambodia, the forest is disappearing. On my first visit there, I expected to see thick, dense forests everywhere. Instead, most of the land has been cleared for large rubber and cassava plantations. The remaining forests are central to the daily lives of the local people, their livelihoods and culture. But foreign mining companies are failing to respect the rights of local communities, with important implications especially for indigenous people and their land.

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