Declaration from 4th Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba (26/07/15)

How can we ensure that by supporting growth and by sustaining development of the mining industry in Zambia, local communities and the country as a whole can benefit? The Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) on 23-26 June 2015 explored this by bringing together civil society organisations, government representatives, mining companies, community members and other interest groups to share experiences, opportunities and challenges in the extractives sector in the country. This event was organised by the church bodies of Zambia, in collaboration with other civil society in Zambia, and under the auspices of Publish What You Pay Zambia.

As the event concluded, the participating Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Academia and Development Partners issued a joint statement. The statement recognizes potential for the country’s mineral resources to be leveraged for economic transformation and broad based economic development. The group also notes with dismay that Zambians continue to experience debilitating poverty. The statement, available on this page, highlights a shared understanding and the adoption of resolutions as outlined in the statement.