The 6th Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) has attracted over 220 local and foreign delegates.
This year’s ZAMI running under the banner: ‘Mineral development for all: Leaving no one behind’ from 20th to 22nd has provide a platform to discuss practical solutions to challenges faced by the extractive industries.
Leonard Chiti, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) Executive Director said the main goal for the indaba is to create a platform for communities, governments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and mining companies to effectively deliberate on real- life experiences of the costs and benefits of extractive industries.
Chiti said the platform will enable stakeholders to discuss how they can contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
“It will also draw from the experiences of other countries in ensuring that mining adequately contributes to sustainable development without violating human rights and disempowering communities living in mining areas and destroying the environment,” he said.
The indaba is also a forum for a variety of stakeholders to effectively deliberate on experiences of communities through testimonies and how Government, mining companies and CSOs can respond to them.