Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in the Natural Resource Governance
(STA-NRG) Consortium which comprises of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law
Association (ZELA), Silveira House, Habakkuk, Pact and International Senior
Lawyers Partnership is convening a three-day policy dialogue with the
Parliament Portfolio Committees on Investments and Commerce, Indigenisation and
Economic Empowerment, Mines and Mining Development.
the amendment of the 2018 Finance Act which repealed sections of the Indigenisation and
Economic Empowerment Act, the STA-NRG consortium has been advocating for a sustainable new economic
empowerment bill. This is the
core objective of the meeting which runs from the 26th -28th
of March 2021 in Kariba.
the amendment of the indigenisation and economic
empowerment act, a proposal was made during the 2019 mid-term budget review to
formulate a new empowerment framework. Several communities consulted by ZELA’s
hope lies in revamping Community Share Ownership Trusts (CSOTs) arguing that
these will ensure mining sector investment benefits them. This will also compel mining companies to comply and support the CSOT initiative. The STA-NRG Consortium and like-minded Civil
society organisations have been advocating for the enactment of laws that
promote development among locals creating a regulatory environment that
facilitates mining corporations to comply and uphold section 13(4) of the
Constitution to ensure that communities benefit from resources within their
poorly implemented, in some communities such as Blanket Mine, the CSOTs concept
has managed to address community’s development trajectory funded by revenue
from mineral resources. Therefore, the meeting being convened in Kariba will
see stakeholders discussing pertinent issues such as the collaborations between
different arms of government such as relevant Parliament Portfolio Committees
and Ministries in the formulation, alignment and harmonisation of laws and
that the CSOT has no legal backing,
it is important for the consortium and civil society organisations such as
Publish What you Pay to advocate for
a new economic empowerment framework that is sustainable and benefits the locals.
In 2020 the PWYP Zimbabwe
Chapter commissioned a research on benefit sharing arrangements in the
mining sector. Besides calling for transparency within the mining sector, the research focused on CSOTs, the need to tighten regulations to make the schemes mandatory,
promotion of transparency and
accountability in CSOT management.
at the opening of the policy dialogue,
Chairperson of the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce,
Honourable Joshua K. Sacco indicated that the economic empowerment bill will
drive the benefits enshrined in the constitution despite the repeal of the Indigenisation and Economic empowerment Act which created a vacuum and left the
CSOTs in limbo.