Parly debates Mines, Minerals Amendment Bill

HARARE - The parliamentary portfolio committee on Energy and Mines yesterday said efforts to introduce reforms in the mining sector through the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill were long overdue.

The committee chairperson Temba Mliswa told the National Assembly during the second reading of the Bill that in order to optimise production, the mining industry requires $3,9 billion in the next five years and this growth needs to be supported by a strong legal and policy framework.

“The Committee would like to commend the ministry of Mines and Mining Development for its effort to introduce reforms in the mining sector.  These reforms have long been overdue given the criticality of the sector to the growth of the economy.”

“However, the Committee would encourage the Executive to consider some of its recommendations most of which emanated from the public consultations, so as to enact a law which is line with the African Mining Vision of 2009 and is also according to the hopes and aspirations of the citizens of this country.

“A provision should be included in the Bill which allows for Parliament to scrutinise multi-million dollar contracts entered into by government. A provision should be inserted in the Bill, in line with section 315 (2) (c) of the Constitution to ensure transparency and accountability in the negotiation of mining contracts.”


 

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