By Tendai Sahondo (News Editor) – Friday 19 July 2019
HARARE (Mining Index) – GOVERNMENT is committed to addressing rampant corruption in the mining sector by adopting and implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), deputy minister of Mines and Mining Development, Polite Kambamura has said.
Speaking at a recent EITI stakeholder meeting in the capital, Kambamura said government is willing to walk the talk in combating corruption.
“Zimbabwe is willing and ready to adopt transparency initiatives as we move towards transforming natural resource governance in the country. There is need for transparency and knitting corruption in the bud when it comes to the mining sector. As government we believe that tools such as the EITI are necessary in aiding mineral accountability and dealing with corruption.
“Government will continue improving the governance of minerals in the country as well as improving the working environment for our miners and the communities that surround these areas. EITI will see investors gaining confidence in our country as we move towards rebranding our nation to transparency under the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra. I am glad Zimbabwe has started the process of EITI compliance, it might take us a while but eventually we will get there. We are confident that with interventions such is these, Vision 2030 can be a reality,” he said.
Looking ahead, he said there is need for continuous stakeholder engagement so as to come up with a decision that encapsulates the concerns and suggestions of all stakeholders.
Speaking at the same event, the Zimbabwe Environment Lawyers Association (ZELA) senior programs officer, Nyaradzo Mutonhori said she is happy with government’s willingness to adopt international best practices in the extractive industry.
“I am happy with the multi-stakeholder involvement in this initiative which includes ministries, civil societies and communities as well as the private sector. We are equally happy that government is willing to listen to stakeholders and engage fully in ongoing development discourse.
“There is no doubt that the mining sector will play a key role towards the attainment of vision 2030 which is why we need to adopt EITI, in turn this will attract more investment in the extractive industry,” she said.
The meeting enabled multiple stakeholders to look at opportunities and benefits that could be available for Zimbabwe by being EITI compliant and analysing the potential pitfalls in regards to sovereignty and ownership of the resources. ENDS//