Seabed Minerals Authority Background

BACKGROUND WORK
Since the opening of the Authority office and appointment of the Seabed Minerals Commissioner, the Authority has been undergoing major changes in terms of establishing its office, appointing new staff and procedures. The Authority has been actively building international, regional and local community awareness and engagement related to the Cook Islands unique and valuable Seabed Minerals resource and the commencement of its proposed Exploration Licencing system.

The Authority has been dedicated to undertaking all of the complex preparatory steps to establish a modern, efficient and robust Regulatory Framework (rules and procedures) necessary to begin seabed mineral activities in the Cook Islands.

The Authority is mandated as a Statutory entity by the Seabed Minerals Act 2009.

The Authority’s functions are as follows:
  • Regulate seabed mineral activity in the Cook Islands in accordance with the Seabed Minerals Act 2009 (the Act) and the regulations
  • Ensure that the provisions of the Act relating to the conduct of seabed minerals activity in the Seabed of the Cook Islands are implemented and complied with in accordance with the Act and its regulations
  • Make recommendations concerning the negotiation and conclusion of Seabed Mineral Agreements
  • Recommend regulations to be made under the Act
  • Promote co-operation amongst government ministries, departments, local authorities, the private sector, research bodies, non-governmental and other organisations, concerning seabed minerals of the Cook Islands
  • Assist in the provision of training in skills associated with the performance or exercise of the functions of the Authority
  • Provide secretarial and administrative services (including technical advice) to the Advisory Board connected with the exercise of its functions under the Act
  • Do anything that is incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.
  • Regulate seabed mineral activity in the Cook Islands in accordance with the Seabed Minerals Act 2009 (the Act) and the regulations
  • Ensure that the provisions of the Act relating to the conduct of seabed minerals activity in the Seabed of the Cook Islands are implemented and complied with in accordance with the Act and its regulations
  • Make recommendations concerning the negotiation and conclusion of Seabed Mineral Agreements
  • Recommend regulations to be made under the Act
  • Promote co-operation amongst government ministries, departments, local authorities, the private sector, research bodies, non-governmental and other organisations, concerning seabed minerals of the Cook Islands
  • Assist in the provision of training in skills associated with the performance or exercise of the functions of the Authority
  • Provide secretarial and administrative services (including technical advice) to the Advisory Board connected with the exercise of its functions under the Act
  • Do anything that is incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.
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