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Zim's civil society wants to bring glitter to diamond sector
Shoko, Mail and Guardian (SA)
October 25, 2013
society, which has long been accused by the government of pointing
out problems and not coming up with solutions, appears to be changing
tack by attempting to fix the issues plaguing the country's diamond
has a hostile relationship with civil society, which it has said
is bent on regime change and not on genuinely assisting the people
who live in the country.
Public Policy and Research Institute is organising a seminar, which
is titled Zimbabwe: the Political Economy and Minerals, in Pretoria
next week to interrogate issues in Zimbabwe's diamond mining sector.
will bring together government officials, civil society, business,
academics and researchers, as well as representatives from the Kimberley
Process, who will debate problems in the mining sector with the
aim of bringing a positive influence to Zimbabwe.
After the seminar,
the institute will develop policy options and hand these over to
the government and civil society for possible adoption.
has dogged Zimbabwe's diamond mining sector, and there have been
allegations that proceeds from the gems have not been submitted
to treasury but have found their way to a few connected army chiefs
and Zanu-PF officials.
Affairs Minister Chris Mushohwe recently complained about rampant
corruption and shadowy activities in the diamond mining sector,
saying this had disadvantaged ordinary people while a few privileged
individuals were reaping the benefits.
those in areas where diamond discoveries have been made continue
to live in abject poverty and called on the media to investigate
looting of the stones in the
Mines and Mining
Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa has pledged to bring transparency
to the diamond mining sector.
the executive director of the African Public Policy and Research
Institute, said the conference will be held in line with the African
Union's Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development programme,
which is one of the tools it designed to curb the severity of conflict
in Africa, as well as bring about sustained development.
Reconstruction and Development programme is one programme the AU
uses to try to address the challenges facing states emerging from
conflict. It stresses the long-term nature of post-conflict reconstruction
strategies that are founded by communities and states.
the seminar would examine issues around human security, the consolidation
and development of the state, revival of the economy and the elimination
It will also
examine the European Union's recent decision to remove sanctions
on the Zimbabwe Mining and Development Corporation, and how this
can provide an early entry point for economic revival and stability.
It was not clear
if the government would attend the seminar.
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