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Stakeholder workshop report on mineral resource governance and poverty reduction in Zimbabwe
Poverty Reduction Forum Trust
October 24, 2012

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Overview of the workshop

The workshop 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.

Approximately 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 plenary discussions.

Workshop objectives

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 the youth
  • Explore and agree on policy recommendations that can be pursued to attain full benefits from the country's mineral resources

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