‘Small-scale mining deserves attention’

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu admires gemstones at the International Conference on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining and Quarry Management exhibition in Livingstone yesterday. PICTURE: NDANGWA MWITTAH

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says there is need to exploit small-scale mining and quarrying to spur socio-economic development in Zambia and the entire African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) region.
President Lungu said the non-exploitation of the sector can be attributed to the concentration on high-value minerals through multinational companies.
Mr Lungu said ACP countries have not paid much attention to low value minerals commonly known as development minerals in which most artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) are involved.
The head of State said this here yesterday during the official opening of International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and Quarry Management.

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