Most of the licenses were issued in Kyrgyzstan for development of mineral resources – 1,273, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use Myrza Zhamanbaev reported.
According to him, 917 licenses have been issued for mineral exploration, and 230 – for prospecting. In total, over the years of independence, 2,420 licenses have been issued in Kyrgyzstan, 470 of them – for gold, 106 – for metals, 327 – for coal, and 1,045 – for non-metallic minerals.
In January-April the licensing commission of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use considered 959 issues. Following the results, 173 licenses were suspended and 165 were canceled. (24.kg/Ukrainian metal)