Nathan Chishimba, president of the Chamber of Mines of Zambia (CMZ), which represents interests of the mining firms, said companies wanted stable and long-term policies that would reduce risk to their investments. "(Mining companies) are not saying the policies should not be changed, but that there should be consistency so that any changes to the policies should not result in fundamental shift in the direction of the industry,"Nathan Chishimba's comments are long overdue and fully in line with what we have been saying all along. What he does not say is "how" you get these stable mining policies. You get that by ensuring that you have a mining settlement that has the full buy-in of all Zambians. Otherwise, every government that comes along will constantly alter its mining policies. We need a Zambian solution, not an MMD or PF or UPND solution. [Thats how Botswana have managed to harness the diamond resources]. The mining companies need to realize its in their long term interests to push for transparency - deals made under the table are not sustainable. The approach should be consultative and transparent. The model for stability should follow the approach we have previously proposed in A human Approach to the "Mining Debate".
Friday, 21 August 2009
Achieving stable mining policies..
THEMES : mining