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Civil Society for Poverty Reduction - October 2001

3.10 Mining
Debate ensued on whether Government could re-visit the Development Agreement signed for the privatisation of the mines, which gave huge tax holidays to the new mine investors. The forum prevailed that to re-visit the development agreements would create uncertainty among potential investors. Other suggestions to be considered by government are the following:

  1. Small-scale and artisanal miners must be supported in the event of the need to transfer or mortgage mineral rights to other parties that possess the resources to manage mining.

  2. The right to mine for those people living in mineral rich areas should be recognised in the same way land is recognised as an asset.

  3. Government must encourage mining operators to establish business development units to assist local communities. This concept is accepted internationally under the Partnership Forum Initiative.

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