MINES and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Victor Mutambo has urged mines dealing in emerald production to submit mineral reports to Government for purposes of transparency and accountability.
Dr Mutambo said submission of mineral reports would help stakeholders in emerald mining to know how revenue was being generated from the sector.
Dr Mutambo, who early in the week undertook a familiarisation tour of Miku and Grizzly emerald mines in Lufwanyama District, said it was important that production of minerals was well accounted for to estimate the money going to the treasury.
He was happy with Miku and Grizzly mines with their production, operations and works as they had created employment for the local people.
He was impressed with Miku Mine, which despite having commenced operations in January last year, had already made significant contribution to the well-being of surrounding communities.
"I am impressed with the operations at Miku Mine. The mine is in its early stages of operations but they look promising and Government will surely render support to Miku for the mine to grow," he said.
Dr Mutambo was happy with the partnership between Miku Mine and the Chinese investors.
He was confident the partnership would work to the advantage of the development of the mine, especially that the Chinese were experienced and had all the necessary equipment to help revamp the gemstone sector in Zambia.
Dr Mutambo advised Miku Mine management to improve security at the mine to safeguard the emeralds and other productions at the mine.
He said Government appreciated the efforts made by Grizzly Mine towards the revamping of the gemstone sector in the country.
He said the revamping of the gemstone sector would see Grizzly Mine create employment.
Miku Mine director Kennedy Mpengula said the mine had about 105 workers of which 80 were Zambians.