Vice President of the Republic of Zambia Madam Inonge Mutukwa Wina has called for concerted efforts in strengthening collaboration between Government, Mines, NGOs and institutions of higher learning in order to achieve the value addition especially in the mining sector.

Mrs Wina said Government is cognizant of the fact that solid partnerships and an enabling environment are a perfect fit for a thriving mining sector.

Mrs Wina was speaking during the official opening of the two days 2nd Zambia National Conference on Geology, Mining, Metallurgy and Groundwater Resources jointly organized by the Copperbelt University School of Mines and Mineral Sciences and the University School of Mines under the theme: DIVERSIFICATION AND VALUE ADDITION IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

Speaking at the same conference, Copperbelt University Vice Chancellor Prof Naison Ngoma said in order to realize diversification and value addition, there was a need to adequately fund higher institutions of learning.

Prof Ngoma said quality education was key to development; therefore, the government should place a high premium on ensuring that universities were supported financially. “We can sit here the whole day or two if you want but if we ignore the core ingredient which is quality education then we are doing nothing,” he said.

And University of Zambia Vice Chancellor Prof Luke Mumba said the aim of the national conference was to bring together academics and researchers, industry and society to share the knowledge and experiences in order to explore ways and means of meeting the underlying current and future prospects, challenges and prospects especially in the area of mineral diversification and value addition.

Prof Mumba further said one of the intended outcomes of the conference was to build local capacity and mining-related education in Zambia, as well as to provide a forum for students, young scientists and professionals to share, listen, interact and develop networks with national and international delegates and open prospects for future collaborative research and even employment.

 This year’s conference theme was carefully chosen to mark a milestone of sustainable mining in Zambia. The conference also provided an opportunity to recognize the achievements/contributions which some of the scholars, researchers and individuals have made towards the mining industry through presentations by various stakeholders on geology, mining, metallurgy and groundwater resources.

The conference culminated into the awarding of efforts of those that have left foot prints in the mining industry and other spheres of the economy.

The two days conference which was attended by Government Ministries, Mines, Non-Governmental Organizations, and researchers from within Zambia and around the region was sponsored by the Copperbelt University, University of Zambia, Education for Sustainable Development in Africa, Centre for Trade Policy and Development, MOPANI Copper Mines, NFCA and the CBU- Africa Center of Excellence for Sustainable mining.

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