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workshop report on mineral resource governance and poverty reduction
Poverty Reduction Forum Trust
October 24, 2012
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Overview of the
on 'mineral resource governance and poverty reduction' was co-hosted
by Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (PRFT) and Zimbabwe
Environmental Law Association (ZELA) on the 7th of September,
2012 at Holiday Inn in Harare. The workshop was conceived from a
background of exorbitant mining fees that were gazetted by the Minister
of Mines and Mining Development, Hon. Obert Mpofu in January 2012
through Statutory Instrument 11 of 2012.
39 people participated representing; The Prime Minister's
Office, Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe, Parliament
of Zimbabwe (Legislators representing the Portfolio Committee on
Mines and Energy), Community based organizations working in mining
areas (Chiadzwa and Mutoko), academics and civil society organizations.
The purpose of the workshop was to enable participants to gain an
in-depth appreciation of the challenges related to governance of
mineral resources, and to explore policy options that can be pursued
to attain full national benefits from the country's mineral
resources. Each of these groups contributed to the success of the
workshop by sharing their experiences, perspectives, and engaging
in thoughtful exchange of information through presentations and
Specific objectives of
the workshop were to;
- Raise public stakeholders'
awareness about the mining fees and licensing system in Zimbabwe
- Discuss the impacts
of mining on various socio-economic groups including women and
- Explore and agree
on policy recommendations that can be pursued to attain full benefits
from the country's mineral resources
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