Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) says the country’s mining industry still has potential to be amongst the most sustainable global.
Nathan Chishimba, ZCM president said despite experiencing vast challenges in the past years, regular dialogue will spur the mining industry is to remain sustainable and profitable over the coming years.
Chisimba recently told a business forum that there has been loss of confidence by the public due to the poor performance of the mining industry in Zambia, but hope is not lost.
“In order to sustain Zambia’s economic development, we need to engage local and international experts on how Zambia can be of the highest producers in the mining industry on the global market,” said Chishimba at business meeting organised ZCM in collaboration with Finland Embassy.
Meanwhile, Finland Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment representative Jari Gustafsson said there is need to find alternative ways that will make the mining industry more sustainable.
He said demand for raw materials both renewable and non-renewable has increased and that metals, minerals and extractive industries are needed to provide modern society with essential products.
Gustafsson said the mining industry should not be overlooked as it has positive influence through jobs and entrepreneurship creation and poverty reduction.
“In order to ease the tension between economic potential and negative environmental social impacts, we need to find new innovative ways to make the industry more sustainable,” he said.