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JCTR - Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba held

On June 20 - June 22, 2017, the 6th Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) took place. Over 220 local and foreign delegates participated. The aim of the ZAMI was to  provide a forum for various stakeholders to discuss practical solutions to challenges faced by the extractive industries.

The theme for this year was 'Mineral development for all: Leaving no one behind'.

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) Executive Director Fr. Leonard Chiti S.J, said in a statement that the main goal for the indaba was to create a platform for communities, governments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and mining companies to effectively deliberate on real- life experiences of the costs and benefits of extractive industries. A platform that enabled stakeholders to discuss how they could contribute to the sustainable development of the country.

ZAMI will gathered leading civil society members and experts from within Zambia, the southern and central African region, as well as international experts to learn and share about the development in the extractive sector in Zambia and beyond. Drawing from the experiences of other countries in ensuring that mining adequately contributes to sustainable development without violating human rights and disempowering communities living in mining areas and destroying the environment.

The indaba had a forum for a variety of stakeholders to effectively deliberate on experiences of communities through testimonies and how Government, mining companies and CSOs could respond to them. The indaba set a precedent for how CSOs, mining companies and Government can inform management of the extractive sector for sustainable development.

by Anastasia Makunu

JESAM Communications

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