A consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have advised government and the mining companies to find an amicable solution to the standoff over the new mining tax regime.
The CSO’s called Zambia Tax Platform (ZTP) also appealed to mining companies in the country not to use job cuts as a tool for bargaining with government, but instead embrace dialogue.
ZTP representative Chinai Makumba expressed concern that the current disagreements between government and the mining sectors have potential to negatively affect the country’s economic performance.
Ms. Makumba explained that the planned 21,000 job cuts being proposed by the mining companies will impact negatively on the families of the miners.
She has also advised the mining companies to give accurate information on how much they are realising from the operations, adding that this will enable government to come up with a suitable mining tax regime.
And Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) Executive Director Patrick Nshindano has observed that despite mining being the country’s economic earner, the sector is still one of the industries that make a low contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in comparison to other sectors.