THE Zambian government says it will create a system that will allow monitoring of minerals being mined in all mining areas in the country.
Newly-appointed Minister of Mines and Minerals, Paul Kabuswe disclosed this during a press briefing held in Lusaka.
The Minister highlighted that Government will ensure that all untapped resources in the country are properly exploited for the benefit of all citizens.
“We will be announcing, I am sure, after clearance from the Cabinet and after clearance from the President on how we are going to make sure that wherever there are mining activities, there is the presence of the ministry of mines. That is the first step in realizing the extent of the wealth that this country has,” he explained.
He further added that government will ensure that the value chain of minerals benefits Zambians through the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise.
He said the government is determined to see that Zambians participate in mining through mine ownership and mining value chain.
“What we have noticed is that mostly it is our friends from other countries and other regions that are getting the wealth, yet Zambians are not benefiting even from the mineral value chain. I know we only benefit two percent from the mineral resource, yet we have over 5 million Kwacha in the mineral value chain,” he expressed.