Manicaland Provincial Mining Indaba 2018 Report

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The Manicaland Provincial Mining indaba (PAMI) 2018 was held under the theme: “Accountable and Transparent Governance of Minerals: Safeguarding Development Interests of Local Communities in Mining Sector Reforms”. Welcome remarks were made by Sabhuku Kumbula from Manicaland, Ms. Janet Zhou from Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) and Ms. Nyaradzo Mutonhori from Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA). Sabhuku Kumbula welcomed on the participants to the province and encouraged everyone to freely participate at the meeting as they had the blessing of Chief Mutasa, who represents the community. Ms. Zhou from ZIMCODD expressed concern that minerals were not fully benefiting mining communities hence it was important for communities to interrogate why they were not benefiting and to call the investors to account for their operations. In the same vein Ms. Mutonhori from Zela highlighted the need of ensuring that laws and policies are developed to ensure they advance the interests of local communities and citizens of Zimbabwe in the form of job creation, infrastructure development among other social needs. Ms. Mutonhori also explained that the PAMI was critical in giving a voice to communities, so that they are empowered to dialogue with the investors at national and the SADC level.

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