Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando says government is in the process of finalising the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill.
He was speaking at the Mining Media Awards held today virtually where he also noted that the future of the mining industry is bright.
“Government on its part, remains focused towards achievement of the USD 12 billion mining sector economy by 2023.
“To this end we are moving towards finalizing the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill which will attend to a number of pertinent issues.
“A lot of investors are showing confidence in the local mining industry and we believe the future of Zimbabwe’s mining is bright, and mining will anchor growth towards achievement of government’s vision 2030 of attaining middle income economy,” said minister Chitando.
The Minister commended mining companies embarking on projects that benefit communities and for contributing to the fight against covid-19.
“The Ministry of Mines and Mining development is aware of the role of mining in spearheading developmental projects in rural and urban communities.
“Of note this year, has been their ability to mobilise funds for several covid-19 interventions, that range from provision of PPE and hospital equipment to the establishment of covid-19 centres, which are critical to the containment of the spread of the pandemic.
“Most mining entities are also involved in infrastructure development at local and national levels in the areas of health, education, roads, sport and other fields,” he said
The Mining Media Awards were organized by Mejrkh Communications and Media Advisory and honour media practitioners who have significantly contributed towards objective and impactful coverage of the mining sector in nine categories including the Overall Mining Sector Best Reporter of the Year award.