Mutare Local Economic and Social Development Indaba

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Mutare Local Economic and Social Development Indaba

Dates: 26th of February 2019

THEME: Making Diamonds Sparkle for Sustainable Local Development

Introduction and Background

Ever since diamonds were discovered in Marange, several factors have conspired to result in the disconnect between mining activities and sustainable local development. To reverse this curse, several stakeholders– Parliament, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) have done a sterling job. Government admitted that seven companies that were operating in Marange had not brought any tangible economic activity compared to artisanal mining. This led to the birth of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC). There is a compelling case to deeply reflect on various initiatives taken by stakeholders to make the diamond industry a development opportunity for the local community and all Zimbabweans. This process will enable co-creation of strategies which can better hinge local sustainable development on diamond mining activities. Hence the theme of the workshop: “Making diamonds sparkle for sustainable local development”

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Time Activity Responsibility

08:00-08:20 Registration All

08:20-08:30 Welcome remarks and the objectives of the meeting ZELA

08:30-09:00 Overview of Zimbabwe’s diamond industry and development opportunities ZCDC

09:00-09:20 Plenary All

09:20-09:40 Initiatives undertaken by Parliament to enhance transparency and accountable management of Marange diamonds 2009-2018 Parliament

09:40-09:50 Respondents PWYP Zim MDT

09:50-10:10 Plenary All

10:10-10:40 TEA BREAK ALL

10:40-11:00 Marketing of diamonds, exports by volume and value; value addition; marketing conditions and maximising marketing value of diamonds MMCZ

11:00-11:10 Respondents CRD CCDT

11:10-11:30 Plenary All

11:30-11:50 Kimberly Process, its role, key talking points on opportunities and limitations Coordinator of CSOs in KP

11:50-12:00 Respondents: how relevant is KP to the community struggle CNRG ARDT

12:00-12:20 Plenary All

12:20-12:40 Local and economic development hinged on diamond mining activities, looking back, current and future opportunities Mutate Rural District Council

12:20-12:30 Respondents Local MP Marange WARDCO chairperson

12:30-13:00 Plenary All

13:00-14:00 Lunch break All

14:00-14:20 Litigation as a tool to enforce community rights ZELA

14:20-14:30 Respondents ZCDC MDT

14:30-14:45 Plenary All

14:45-15:05 Environmental issues in the diamond mining sector, what has worked, what has not worked and what must be improved EMA

15:05-15:15 Respondents Mutare RDC CCDT

15:15-15:30 Plenary All

15:30-15:50 Artisanal diamond mining ZCDC

15:50-16:00 Respondents CNRG ZIDAWU

16:00-16:15 Plenary All

16:15-16:30 Way forward All

16:30-16:35 Closing remarks Mutare DA

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