The report assesses the economic and social contributions of mining in Zambia, and explores how these might be enhanced. This report is the first independent study to look comprehensively at both the national and local aspects of mining's contribution to Zambia. The analysis of Zambia summarized in this report uses the Mining: Partnerships for Development Toolkit methodology, which was applied by ICMM in conjunction with Oxford Policy Management. It follows earlier case studies on Peru, Chile, Ghana, Tanzania, Lao PDR and Brazil.
The report highlights four key implications:
- Data quality and accessibility. The quality of the data on which both government and the mines rely on to guide decisions is poor. The Chamber of Mines of Zambia and government agencies are committed to work together to address this problem, and work is in progress to develop a single data template for all to use.
- Local content and jobs. Mines are starting to run supplier development programs and government and donor efforts are underway to address supply constraints including local industrial capability. However, there is an opportunity for all parties to align and focus their activities as well as addressing a skills shortage.
- Social investment and partnerships. There is a need for more systematic monitoring of the outcomes of social investments. Better co-ordination between mining companies and other stakeholders is needed, as well as and improved alignment of social investment programs with district-level development plans and poverty reduction strategies.
- A competitive mining industry. There is a need to build confidence in the industry by increasing stability, transparency and accountability. The data in the report implies that the competitive position of the Zambian mining industry is fragile. This plus the results of the Zambia Revenue Authority's mineral value chain monitoring project will allow closer examination of the issues and better dialogue.
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