Recommendations from the National Economic Symposium Break-Away Session on Mining
Mining, essentially, value addition and beneficiation is one of the growth engines for the country’s development plans, the Zimbabwe Agenda and for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) and the Ten Point Plan.
An objective inspired by the fact that the country’s export earnings are predominantly anchored on raw mineral sales. Exporting raw materials translates to exporting wealth inform of jobs, foreign exchange, industries and tax revenue.
Precisely what the African Mining Vision seeks to address through one of it tenets that envisages a mining sector that is a key component of a diversified, vibrant and globally competitive industrialized African economy. Befittingly, the National Economic Consultative Economic Forum held a breakaway session on mining at the Harare International Conference Center (HICC) on 12 October 2016 during the inaugural National Economic Symposium under the theme “Enhancing National Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity through Dialoguing.”
Topical issues discussed were on national prosperity through value addition and beneficiation and artisanal mining, economic contribution, challenges and solutions. Moderated by Mukasiri Sibanda, an economic governance officer for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), the panel comprised of the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe (CoMZ) chief executive officer; Fredrick Kunaka, general manager for Fidelity Printers and Refineries (FPR) and Professor Gudyanga, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development (MMMD).
Below are some of the interesting discussion points and recommendations that were made during the panel discussion;
-Systematic quantification of the mineral resource base must be carried out. The last systematic of mineral was carried out in 1981.
-Easy of doing business reforms must be carried out to promote formalization of the artisanal mining sector. Compliance requirements are too complex. it is costly to comply. This accounts for why many artisanal miners prefer to work illegally and informally.
Mukasiri Sibanda (@mukasiri) is an economic governance officer. He is interested in mineral resource governance. He blogs at Mukasiri's Blog. Mukasiri works with the Zimbabwe Environmental law Association