24 November 2013

Zambia: State, Mines Should Dialogue - Expert

A ZAMBIAN mining expert based in Finland has tipped Government and the mining industry to engage in honest dialogue if the sector is to be sustained.

Anthony Mukutuma, plant manager at Kevitsa Mining in Finland, said in an interview during the week that the Government and mining companies should always engage in honest discussions whenever there was a problem.

Kevitsa Mining is a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals (FQM) involved in the mining of nickel, copper and other precious metals.

Mr Mukutuma said dialogue over interests of the Government and those of mining companies was not unique to Zambia but all countries with mining activities also faced the same.

He said Zambia had a long mining life and for it to be sustainable there should never be any unilateral decisions but stakeholders should always dialogue.

"Even in Finland we get a lot of questions from the community, especially on corporate social responsibility, which is an expectation by the community," Mr Mukutuma said.

He said that the Zambian situation was conducive for mining and it was good that stakeholders were able to discuss because that was the way it should be.

Mr Mukutuma said investors should not always think of profits but they should make communities feel part of the mine so that the two could live in harmony.

He, however, said that Zambian mining was more advanced than that of Finland which only had four small mines.

Mr Mukutuma was first employed at FQM Bwana Mkubwa Mine in Ndola before he was sent to another subsidiary in Mauritania and finally Finland.

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