Mining Indaba set for Gweru
The Zimbabwe Chamber of Small to Medium Enterprises in partnership with Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) will this week hold a Mining Indaba in Gweru to foster ways on how players in different sectors can participate in mining.
The Indaba will be held on Thursday and Friday under the theme; “Investing in Mining Industry” and will be graced by Mines and Mining Development Minister Cde Walter Chidhakwa and Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Cde Sithembiso Nyoni among other high ranking officials.
Officials said the Indaba is focusing on fostering a collective relationship between miners and Government as well as to tackle the problems in the mining sector with a view of how it can contribute to the economic thrust as espoused in the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable and Economic Transformation (Zim Asset).
Zimbabwe Chamber of SMEs national vice secretary Mr Rabson Hove said the indaba will be graced by small scale miners from across the country.
“We are inviting all miners and mining companies to attend including all sectors that cut across. The Indaba will seek to bridge the gap between miners and other sectors and it is in line of recognising our new economic blueprint policy, the Zim Asset. As different sectors we want to focus on how we can add value to each mineral in the country and also look into the challenges miners are facing in every mineral which include capital, machinery and market. These are some of the issues we look forward to be covered during the Indaba,” he said.
Mr Hove said the indaba will come up with a transparent mineral and mining way forward which will encourage miners to participate in the industry and also allow other local players from different sectors to participate.
“Mining industry cut across many sectors but it is currently limiting other players especially those in the manufacturing sector. These are other areas that the chambers of commerce and mines want to look into and come up with good and friendly proposals that will allow all sectors to participate. The Chamber of Commerce has also endorsed Zim Asset and our resolutions so we want them to sit in this new economic policy,” he said.
Officials from the Chamber of Mines, ZNCC, Zimbabwe Miners Federation, Environmental Management Agency and captains of industry are also expected at the Indaba.