Renowned Geologist and Mining Specialist Advocates for Stricter Regulations to Safeguard Zambia’s Mineral Trade
In a recent discourse, esteemed geologist and mining expert Dr. Sixtus Mulenga emphasized the imperative of enacting legislation that mandates all individuals engaged in the trade of rough stones to possess a valid mining license.
Dr. Mulenga posits that exclusively companies involved in the mining, cutting, and polishing of stones should be permitted to partake in the trade of rough stones, effectively eradicating the illicit trade perpetuated by unlicensed traders.
Addressing participants at the Artisanal Workshop, Dr. Mulenga underscored the significance of formalizing the small-scale mining sector to ensure the safeguarding of Zambia’s invaluable mineral resources.
He noted that the safeguarding of rough stones necessitates the acquisition of legitimate licenses, which serves as a tangible step towards curbing unauthorized trading practices.
Dr. Mulenga’s assertions are rooted in a comprehensive perspective that seeks to not only fortify the legality of mineral trade but also to provide a protective shield for the country’s mineral-rich landscapes.
The proposed legislation, if enacted, would play a pivotal role in promoting transparency and accountability within the mineral trade industry.
The current discourse is aligned with Zambia’s broader objective of bolstering its mineral trade framework, ensuring that economic prosperity is achieved without compromising the ethical and legal standards upheld by the global community. Dr. Mulenga’s expertise and insight contribute significantly to the ongoing conversation surrounding sustainable mining practices and responsible mineral trade.
As Zambia charts its course in the realm of mineral resource management, the proposition set forth by Dr. Mulenga stands as a potential cornerstone, fostering an environment where the country’s mineral resources are harnessed conscientiously, benefiting both present and future generations.
With an increased focus on regulatory measures and the formalization of small-scale mining, Zambia takes strides toward becoming a model for mineral-rich nations seeking to balance economic development with ethical considerations.
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