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Training for mining industry under review, says Yaluma

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has embarked on a programme to review the education curriculum of universities, colleges and trades training institutions to meet the needs of the mining industry.
Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma said there is need for skilled manpower in the mining sector for it to competitively and positively contribute to sustainable economic development.
The minister called on mining and exploration companies to develop extensive skills development in partnership with education institutions.
Mr Yaluma was speaking during the official launch of the Zambia Mining for Development (ZAM4D) Alumni on Tuesday.
He said it is important to build the capacity of the mining sector so that it can effectively contribute to the growth the economy.
“Like any other country, Zambia is experiencing shortages of skilled manpower and we are all aware that for mining to continue being competitive and contribute to sustainable economic growth, it requires skilled manpower.
“In relation to the issues of capacity building, I wish to commend our cooperating partners, the Australian government, for the support to Zambia with regards to knowledge transfer, capacity development and professional training,” he said.
On ZAM4D, Mr Yaluma said the launch of the association will provide a platform for various stakeholders to dialogue, network, share ideas and experiences, and contribute to bringing about maximum benefits from mineral exploration in the country.
Mr Yaluma said Government will support initiatives of ZAM4D whose values and focus are relevant to the growth of the sector.
“The ministry is ready to work with the association to ensure that the mining sector fosters the much-needed socio-economic development for Zambia,” he said.


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