Key Points from Side Events
Gender and Extractives: Women’s Bodies, Violence and Extractivism
1. There is need to have a research or investigation into systematic violence against women in the mining sector.
2. Legal reforms needed on the Gold Trade Act, the Mines and Minerals Act, Precious Stones Trade Act, to enhance women’s participation in the mining sector.
3. Women tend to interface with many sectors of the economy which include the environment, mining and these need to be looked at comprehensively in order to address the challenges
Tax Justice, Illicit Financial Flows and Use of Open Data to Promote Transparency and Accountability
1. Need for legal reforms to address taxation issues in the mining sector.
2. There is need to build knowledge and create data to enable citizens to effectively engage and understand fiscal issues in the mining sector.
3. There is need to establish a tax justice network in Zimbabwe and this can be housed at Zimra.
Towards Climate Justice in Zimbabwe
1. There is need for standards on quality of renewable energy in Zimbabwe.
2. There is need to strengthen institutions that deal with the environment.
3. Mining companies should provide energy access to communities.
4. There is need for a coordinated approach on quality control of renewable energy products.
ASM Ease of Doing Business Reforms: Exploring Opportunities to Empower Communities
1. RBZ should revert back to assisting miners by directly purchasing the inputs, given the liquidity constraints in the economy.
2. ASM should be formalized and the bureaucratic process should be cut down to speed up the process.
3. Very few people benefitted from the loan facility from Fidelity Printers, so the target group needs to be expanded.
Business and Human Rights: Brics Investments
1. The Commission on Human Rights should have enforcement rights if it is to effectively conduct its mandate.
2. Brics investment into the country should be premised on a win-win situation.
3. There is need to pay urgent attention to violence of basic human rights.
4. Brics investment should create employment especially in the extractives industry.
Investing in Local Communities: Integration of Community Benefit Schemes
1. Legal framework need to be reviewed so that investment embarked upon by the government are clear, whether they are joint venture agreements and so on.
2. The Mines and Minerals Amendment bill should emphasise on local content development.
3. There is need to focus on capacity development for CSOTs and communities especially in shaping their objectives.
4. There is need for public office bearers to declare their interests in order to avoid conflict of interest.
Competing Land Use in Zimbabwe: Mining, Agriculture and Tourism
1. There is need for policy reforms on mining sector and relocation of communities affected by mining operations.
2. There is need for broad-based empowerment of communities endowed with natural resources.
3. There is need for an inter-ministerial committee to deal with conflicts between agriculture and mining.
4. There is need for a balance and sustainable exploitation of all natural resources.
Natural Resources, Governance and Development
1. All people are equal in relation to the use and enjoyment of natural resources.
2. One resource should not be destroyed at the expense of another resource.
3. All community members should be given power to prosecute offenders in the exploitation of natural resources