The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) and Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) hosted the Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) on the 4th-5th October 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Bulawayo under the theme “Promoting Responsible and Accountable Governance of Minerals.”
The ZAMI has been convened in the country since 2012. The Indaba is defined as an alternative platform for increased participation of often excluded but equally important stakeholders such as host communities. Over the years, the Indaba has become the biggest platform where multiple stakeholders interface with policy makers and the private sector on sustainable utilization and management of the country’s diverse mineral wealth. The 2017 ZAMI will enable multiple stakeholders to openly discuss and understand better the opportunities and challenges underpinning good and accountable governance of the mining sector. The idea behind the ZAMI is to promote stakeholder engagement on the mineral governance discourse. The platform plays a critical role in shaping legal and policy frameworks regulating the sector in the country for purposes of attaining broad based sustainable development. The ZAMI has grown to be deemed as one of the most influential public interest multi-stakeholder annual national meeting facilitating open public dialogue on mineral resource governance.
The specific objectives of the 2017 ZAMI were:
• To discuss the on-going policy and legal developments in the mining sector as well as shape critical aspirations of communities and the public.
• To provide an alternative space for stakeholders to openly engage and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges affecting broad based socio-economic development from Zimbabwe’s mineral wealth.
• To come up with legal and policy recommendations for improving mineral resources governance for better service delivery.
• Multiple-stakeholders contributing in the on-going legal reforms and ensuring good governance provisions of the mining sector and other related sectors.
• Open discussions on a broad range of issues central from citizens’ perspective on the attendant opportunities and challenges posed by the mining sector.
• Learning, sharing and networking amongst various stakeholders on the work being done by different institutions to advance sustainable development in the mining sector.
• Stakeholders engaging with parliament and government officials to understand government policies in and related to the sector and sharing ideas on improving good governance of the sector.