As a member of a consortium lead by Adam Smith International, Revenue Development Foundation (RDF) launched a European Union funded project with the Zambian Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development in Lusaka, Zambia on Thursday, June 11. The Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project aims to increase revenues from the mining industry by better regulating and monitoring mining production in the country.
RDF will provide key system advisory support in this very strategic and complex project. We will be providing the software system for monitoring the country’s mineral production and training and capacity building in how to use it. It is also the first time RDF is a consortium partner in a larger technical assistance project, and we intend to learn from this experience to become a recognized systems advisory provider within our area of expertise.
Attending the launch event of the project, Honourable Christopher Yaluma, the Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, explained that, “The measurement and verification of mineral production is not a simple task, but is even more complicated in such an integrated industry as we have in Zambia. Our mines produce copper, cobalt, gold and other metals and minerals, but also trade intermediate products like concentrates between themselves. Concentrates are also imported from the DRC. As a result, the determination of the actual quantities of minerals extracted from the ground in Zambia, is not a trivial task. It is important to make sure that no minerals are counted twice, and equally important that there are no batches of metals or minerals being produced and exported without royalties being paid."
He added that the project “will contribute significantly to the improved, more complete and accurate reporting of mineral production in Zambia. Production figures that have been verified, that can be substantiated, can then be shared with other ministries and agencies. This should contribute to better relationships between government, industry and the public, characterised by greater trust in all directions."
Mr. Aad Biesebroek, the Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Zambia and COMESA, confirmed in his speech that the objective of the project was to enhance transparency in the management of mineral resources, by helping to determine accurate levels of mineral production.
Picture: From left to right: Mr. Aad Biesebroek, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation, The Hon. Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, and Mr. Fredson Yamba, Secretary of the Treasury (and National Authorising Officer of the EDF)