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Government backs small-scale miners

Government has devised a strategic framework to support small-scale mining development countrywide.

Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa says government wants small scale miners to have a stake in the mining sector and the new measures will assist them with market links among others.

Speaking when he officiated at an artisanal training workshop in Lusaka, Mr. Musukwa said government wants to build capacity in small scale miners so that they make meaningful contribution to the country’s treasury.

At the same occasion European Union-EU- Ambassador to Zambia Gianluca Azzoni says the EU is committed to partnering with government in exposing smallscale farmers to modern mining technologies and best mineral extraction methods.

Mr. Azzoni  said the European Union will train more than one thousand small scale miners in fifty African including Zambia on how to improve efficiency in the mining sector.

At the same occasion UNDP deputy country Director Sergio Valdini said currently small scale miners are operating with less data on mining techniques.

Mr. Valdini said it is for this reason that UNDP has formed strategic partnerships with the ministry of mines to reduce the skills and knowledge gaps on extraction of minerals in Zambia.

 

 

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