I WRITE to commend your newspaper for the excellent and extensive coverage of the Cape Town Mining Indaba on your In-depth News Page of the February 20 edition. It was heartening to hear of the support that the banking sector and investors are willing to offer the Zambian mining sector.
While the Indaba was well attended by key investors cum financial experts from Zambia, it is saddening that our local mining forum organised by the Association of Zambian mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC) which was held just after the Cape Town indaba was poorly attended by local bankers, policy makers, industrialists and technical officers from Government.
This year’s forum was themed ‘Exploration for Growth’ and was attended by over 100 people.
A number of presentations on mineral related projects were made.
While the meeting was opened by Director of Geological Survey Department on behalf of the minister, it is regrettable that a number of key technocrats from the ministry were not in attendance.
Equally saddening is the fact that despite the media being present, the event was not given coverage. How do we get the investors to learn about the available opportunities? Do we pander only to those taking place abroad and by most senior officers? How are we going to develop the opportunities if we are not prepared to learn, know, debate and report on such important issues? At the forum there were some attendees from overseas and personnel from some mining houses.
As a local geologist with over 52 years working experience in Zambia I was most disappointed to say the least.
NIC J. MONEY