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