Davies Mwila PF Secretary General
Davies Mwila PF Secretary General

PART FOUR

By Hon Davies Mwila

In his address to Parliament on 30th September 2016, His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu stated that:

“As part of our Industrialisation and Job Creation Agenda, Mining will continue to play a key role in our economic growth and diversification to maximise benefits from this sector. Zambia possesses higher comparative advantages in mining, which has to be diversified away from copper to other precious minerals, to include oil and gas exploration; so as to mitigate against the changes in the prices of copper. There is need to shift our mind-set from the belief that we can only obtain higher growth from copper within the mining sector at the expense of other precious minerals whose prices at the international market are equally competitive.

In addition, Government will promote value addition in the sector with a view to obtain more benefits through processed products such as jewellery, cables, and other finished products, for use on the local and international markets. Within the spirit of promoting an integrated approach to development, Government will promote an environment aimed at promoting a productive relationship between the mines and mine suppliers to contribute to the growth of medium and small-scale entrepreneurs, (and) to maximise on our job creation prospects.”

As espoused by President Lungu in the speech cited above and in line with the 7NDP, the PF Government is implementing several programmes aimed at delivering “a Diversified and Export-Oriented Mining Sector” in Zambia. A few of these programmes and interventions are highlighted in the following paragraphs.

Small-Scale Miners’ Financial Access and Empowerment Programmes

In order to empower and facilitate financial access to small-scale miners in Zambia, the PF Government has prioritized the promotion and production of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in order to create employment and accelerate inclusive development in line with the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP). The PF Government is promoting ASM by supporting mining of gravel, clay, stones, limestone, granite and phosphates; which collectively make a significant contribution towards diversifying the sector and economy, especially if it is quarried, processed, and manufactured domestically in industries such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing.

Furthermore, the PF Government under President Lungu is facilitating financial access to small-scale miners through such programmes as the Development Mineral Capacity Building Programme. This is an African, Caribbean Pacific and European Union (ACP–EU) Development Minerals Programme, which is a three-year €13.4 Million capacity building programme. The Programme is coordinated by the ACP Secretariat, financed by the European Commission and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by UNDP and the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development.

This Programme is actively supporting sustainable and inclusive development in the industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi- precious stones sectors through capacity development of key stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders including small-scale mining enterprises, construction companies, mining and quarrying associations; as well as training centres, universities, civil society organizations and community groups.

The ACP Group of States is the largest intergovernmental association of developing countries with 79 Member States from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Member States work together for the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and the integration of ACP States into the world economy. All Member States apart from Cuba are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement which gives the ACP Group a privileged relationship with the European Community.

Through this ACP–EU Development Programme, the PF Government is successfully empowering small-scale miners through capacity development and increased access to financing.

Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Strengthening Programme

Under this Programme and in line with the 7NDP, the PF Government has strengthened the enforcement of existing laws and regulations on occupational health, safety and environmental protection. This is in order to curb preventable mining accidents, and provide maximum protection to human health and environmental wellbeing.

The Vision 2030 among other things states that: “The nation Zambians aspire for, should be characterized (by) development policies consistent with sustainable environment and natural resource management principles”. By so doing, the PF Government is significantly contributing towards actualizing Zambia’s Vision 2030 objective, which is to become: “A Prosperous Middle-Income Nation by 2030”.

Promoting Local And Foreign Participation In Mining Value Chains And Industrialization

In line with the 7NDP and in order to accomplish Vision 2030, the PF Government is promoting Local and Foreign Participation (“investment”) in Mining Value Chains as well as Industrialization in general.

A prime example of such promotion of participation (“investment”) in mining value chains is, China Non-Ferrous Metals that has invested US Dollar 850 Million at the South Ore Deep Mining Project in Kalulushi. This investment has led to the creation of over 1,000 jobs for Zambians.

In addition, the PF Government is also facilitating industrialization as evidenced by the recent signing of an agreement between Central African Cement Company and Sinoma CBMI to set up one of the largest cement factories in Ndola at the total cost of 480 Million United States Dollars. Once the plant is commissioned, it will produce 2 million tons of cement will be produced per year. 1000 jobs will also be created during the construction phase.

Promoting Petroleum and Gas Exploration

In keeping with the 7NDP prescriptions to attain Vision 2030, the PF Government has established a governance framework and enabling environment for the petroleum and gas sector, as evidenced by investments into petroleum and gas exploration. The PF Government has established a governance framework and enabling environment for this promising sector so that all petroleum and gas exploration is undertaken in an efficient, safe and environmentally-friendly manner, and in a way that ensures maximum benefit to all Zambians.

The PF Government is promoting exploration for petroleum and gas in Zambia. For example, Tullow Oil, a United Kingdom firm, started exploring for oil and gas in Northern and Luapula provinces in 2017. Although Zambia does not currently produce oil, soil samples which were sent to European laboratories showed good traces of crude in the aforementioned provinces.

The exploration phase by Tullow Oil is expended to take between 2 to 10 years; the development phase will take about 3 to 10 years, while the production phase will take about 20 to 50 years. However, once oil deposits are confirmed to be in the areas under exploration, the PF Government has already put in place mechanisms which shall ensure that an emerging Petroleum Industry is well-organized, well-developed and well-managed in order to deliver maximum benefits and opportunity-sharing for all Zambians. More so, an emerging Petroleum Industry in Zambia would significantly boost current Government efforts to diversify the Zambian economy as well as create employment countrywide.

CONCLUSION

In line with the PF Manifesto and the 7NDP, the PF Government is delivering a diversified and export-oriented mining sector by implementing various programmes and projects, some of which are mentioned above. Due to these efforts by the PF Government, there has been tangible progress in diversifying, capacitating and industrializing the sector and other related sectors.

To echo the words of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu as he concluded his 2016 address to Parliament:

“We must all invest in hope and hard work that must lead all of us to a place of affluence. This we can do as a united, peaceful and democratic society. In the collective power of this nation, I have great hope. In the patience and resilience of our people, I have no doubt. Zambia is our common heritage. It is our common inheritance. Let us all work towards nation building. Let us build a nation that celebrates diversity and aspiration. Let us reject all forms of illiberal values. We are tolerant nation and so we must remain. Our country was built on a foundation of hard work and unity. Let us be patriotic in order to build a stable, peaceful and prosperous Zambia. Country interest must come before political party interest. In the words of that great son of Africa, Nelson Mandela, “let there be work, bread, water and salt for all”.

The PF Government under President Lungu has unequivocally “invested in hope and hard work” as it delivers a diversified and export-oriented mining sector for the betterment of Zambians everywhere.

The Author is Patriotic Front Secretary General

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20 COMMENTS

  1. He is Honourable Davis Mwila. He is PF Secretary General and is Mr. Davis Mwila. He has no capacity to give government evaluation on development projects since he is not in government. He is neither and economist not a technocrat. This document lack authenticity and should be discarded as propaganda.

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    • Ohhh… sorry he lost his MP seat to an independent candidate but now he is CEO of the ruling party…! Tragic!. So he is NOT “Honourable” as the title can only be bestowed on those holding parliamentary seats and cabinet ministerial positions or at least leading a major government institution or ministry. He is NOT.

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    • Eba SG aba iwe.
      The Government executes what is stipulated in the party Manifesto. SG is extremely in line recounting what the party in power is doing. I judge at the end of the tenure. Less than a week into 2019 after which it will be 2 years to go after 8/11 of 2019. Amazing how time flies.

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    • It reminds me when sometimes you are writing an assignment and u have run out of substantial material to add to the list of ‘advantages’ or proposed solutions or achievements of a certain policy etc and then u start adding creatives from your head hehehehe! Merry Christmas Ba Davis Mwila and PF ….by 2021 you will completely dry up with stories to give Zambians

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    • @Mama, Loving your objectivity. A double thumbs up for you. Please don’t lose it like a lot other bloggers have.

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    • This export oriented is really dull. When was mining in Zambia ever local oriented. It’s not a PF achievement or program, it’s been since colonial times. So pf like those before them are brain paralysed. Let us have a value-adding oriented mining sector. Meaning let’s open industries that will take most of the copper & make electrical cables, copper pipes etc. Then we export these. Don’t be afraid to open a parastal company to do this. Just because white people told you that government as no business in business should not make you brain paralysed. Now you continue to say all parastals to foreigners through listing stories. And so zambians own & control nothing in their own land. Pathetic leadership

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    • UPND cadres as usual so scared of industrialisation intiatives taking places. Why is that UPND still supports the export of unprocessed copper ore from Zambia? PF on the other must completely ban exports of raw minerals from Zambia; value addition must take place in Zambia before any exports takes place.

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  2. Seriously who reads this nonsense?Just looking at the name of the author discourages one.Can Kambwili advise, did someone write this for Mwila…..

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  3. Buti ba mwila, we told you we want concrete numbers , not assumptions and projections.

    By they way diversification away from mining would be easier if lungu had not sold cold storage board of Zambia to foringners who stripped all the equipment and shipped it out of the country…

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    • UPND cadres as usual so scared of industrialisation intiatives taking place. Why is that UPND still supports the export of unprocessed copper ore from Zambia? PF on the otherhand must completely ban exports of raw minerals from Zambia; value addition must take place in Zambia before any exports takes place.

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  4. Sh!t hole govt with a drunk debarred thieving moron of a lawyer for president, only id!it’s can support this sh!t

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    • You sound bitter just like your president HH. Your president HH is a dictator who has failed 5 general elections and can’t be challenged within his party because of tribal preferences.

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  5. Mambwe u fcken wanker u peace of sh!t cadre with no life or future just like ur stup!d drunk moron a fcuken sorry excuse for a president, I am sure ur fellow dander head cadres will spare u a 2 kwacha to buy chibuku for comment. Moron with 0 IQ

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  6. UPND cadres as usual so scared of industrialisation intiatives taking places. Why is that UPND still supports the export of unprocessed copper ore from Zambia? PF on the other must completely ban exports of raw minerals from Zambia; value addition must take place in Zambia before any exports takes place.

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  7. This cader should just up because he does even know what diversification mean. Zambia is not a diversified economy it is 70% mining.

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  8. Davies who writes this junk for you? Is it the same chap who sat and wrote the grade 12 or grade 7 exams in your place?

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  9. Mr. Mwila, true economic diversification would mean less reliance on the mineral resource sector, to agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. Moving from reliance on copper to precious metals would be described as growth opportunities. You are diversifying the investment portfolio, not the economy. Of safety and environmental, dont even go there. The minister of mines, under whose watch 11 small scale miners died in 1 incident, is still in charge of the ministry. It’s a shame. You give no examples of promoting local enterprises, while mentioning investments from China to the tune of $850 million and $480 million. How much of that is Zambian equity?? I would give you an E on this article … E for Effort.

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