ESMAZ CONCERNED WITH GOVT`S DELAY TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES AFFECTING SMALL SCALE EMERALD SECTOR

By Michael Kaluba

The Emerald and Semi-Precious Stones Mining Association of Zambia-ESMAZ- has written to President Hakainde Hichilema to seek audience and clarity on when his administration will actualize plans to revamp the Small-Scale Emerald Sector.

ESMAZ General Secretary Shadrick Mwape tells Phoenix News that the association is concerned with the slow pace at which the country is moving towards resolving challenges affecting small scale emerald mining which has been dormant since early 2020.

Mr. Mwape argues that despite pronouncements made so

far, small-scale emerald and semi-precious stones mining operators still have no access to affordable financing, no revolving fund as empowerment and still have no tangible solutions from both the previous and current leadership.

He adds that revamping the sector that has close to 600 dormant small scale mining operators, will ensure growth, job creation and contribute to the treasury and is further urging government to act as opposed to sustained speeches and pronouncements on the status of the subdivision.

PHOENIX NEWS

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