About the Chamber of Mines of Zambia

The Chamber of Mines in Zambia was originally formed in September 1942 as the Northern Rhodesia Chamber of Mines. It operated until 1965 when the Copper Industry Service Bureau (CISB) replaced it. However, with the nationalisation of the mining industry the necessity for the Chamber of Mines fell away. The Chamber of Mines was re-established in 2000 after the privatisation of the mining assets were completed. The Objectives for which the Chamber of Mines of Zambia has been established are detailed in the Constitution and are as follows: "The Chamber is established for the purposes of promoting the interests of its members, and encouraging, protecting and fostering the Mining Industry of Zambia and doing everything necessary and advisable for the advancement /achievement of those objectives."

The Council

The Policy Making body of the Chamber of Mines of Zambia is the Council whose composition is as below:

• One representative from each Class A Member;

• One representative elected by Class B Members jointly amongst their number. Other Class B Members may be elected if in the opinion of Council, their capacity and technical capability warrants individual representation;

• One representative elected by Class C Members jointly from their number; and

• One representative elected by Associate Members jointly from amongst their number.

Role of the Chamber

The Chamber of Mines of Zambia and individual mining companies however fully understand the essential need for the availability of skilled labour; without which even the most ambitious investment in equipment and technologies will not produce the intended results.The Chamber of Mines after a successful consultative process with key stakeholders in the mining industry under the facilitation of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holding (ZCCM-IH) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at finding a sustainable solution to the challenges of skilled labour affecting the industry.

The Chamber is alive to the fact that a “healthy, globally competitive mining industry will be an important part of the economic and social development of Zambia because it delivers a large part of export earnings and government revenue today, and so provides the foundation for economic growth and development in Zambia”. Some mining companies have already put supplier development programs in place and devoting resources to nurturing of local suppliers. Others have engaged in Agri-Foods Innovators Programme, setting up a revolving fund that promotes the use of small scale irrigation systems to support agricultural activities.

In 2012, four major mining companies (Mopani Copper Mines plc, Konkola Copper Mines plc, Barrick Lumwana and Kansanshi Mining plc) spent just under US$70 million on social investments, equivalent to 0.3 per cent of Zambia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The social investments do not form part of the commercial activities undertaken by mining companies but are instead aimed at making a positive contribution to the communities surrounding the mine and include investments in infrastructure, health, education, business development and support for alternative livelihood as well as endeavors to support local government to cope with the influx of people into the area.

The Chamber of Mines has introduced the annual Mining Awards Gala, conceived to provide a forum for recognizing and promoting service and excellence in the mining industry in Zambia. Further, the Gala is an opportune event for key players in the industry to showcase their achievements, create business linkages and share experiences.

In order to show transparency and accountability in the extraction of Zambia's natural resources, the Chamber of Mines joined the Zambia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, ZEITI in 2008 and in 2012 Zambia was declared EITI compliant. Being declared EITI compliant implies that Zambia has put in place effective processes for enhancing transparency and accountability in the mining sector. The global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was established in 2002. Since then, the EITI has become a well-established and well recognized broadbased global coalition of resource-rich countries, donors, major companies, civil society organisations, and investors. The Initiative encourages Government, extractive companies and civil society organisations to work together to develop a framework for the regular publication of payments and receipts from oil, gas, and mining companies.

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