The minister responsible Atupele Muluzi made the remarks after visiting Geological Survey headquarters in Zomba.
Muluzi said for a country to have a certified mining laboratory there is need for skilled manpower and required equipment which is not an easy task saying in this part of Africa it is only South Africa that has such facility and Botswana is also developing one.
He said government is doing everything possible to have these facilities in the country as mining is one key sector for economic growth.
At the moment geological survey department staff are being trained in different skills to fit the laboratory requirements’ said the minister.
Muluzi added that mining at the moment is contributing about 7 percent of the country’s GDP but it is the government wish to have 30 percent of the GDP from the mining sector by 2030.
Meanwhile the ministry of Environment Energy and Mining will hold a final stakeholders workshop on draft Mining and Mineral Act in Lilongwe next week Tuesday.
According to the PS Ben Botolo the ministry has invited all mining companies, civil society organisations, high commissioners, development partners, district commissioners, religious leaders, government departments and agencies and the academia among others.