Lusaka-07-09-2017-NINE Major mines on the Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces have been migrated from manual monthly minerals production reporting to the electronic submission of reports on the Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES).
The migration of mines to electronic reporting is a major milestone achieved under the Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project (MVCMP) and the Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project (MPMSP) that have been tasked to develop an integrated online Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES).
Speaking in Lusaka, Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development (MMMD), Director of Minerals Development Mooya Lumamba said that the nine mines starting from September 15, 2017 will no longer submit any manual monthly production reports.
“We are pleased to announce that starting with the reports for August, 2017, nine major mines will submit their monthly reports electronically and no manual reports will be expected from these mines,” said Mr. Lumamba.
The mines that have been migrated are Chibuluma Copper Mine, Chambishi Metals, Chambishi Copper Smelters, Luanshya Copper Mines, Lubambe Copper Mines, Lumwana Copper Mining, FQM Kalumbila Copper Mine, Sino Metals and NFCA Copper Mining Company.
According to Mr. Lumamba, the other three major mining companies; FQM Kansanshi Copper and Gold Mine, Konkola Copper Mines, and Mopani Copper Mine will be migrated to electronic reporting in October 2017.
And Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Commissioner for Modernisation and Corporate Strategy Dingani Banda has applauded the migration of the nine major mining companies to electronic mineral production reporting.
“This is a great milestone in achieving the Government’s objective of having an integrated electronic system for reporting production and issuance of export permit for the mining sector and we are optimistic that the multi-institutional Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES) which has been implemented under the projects will sustainably serve this objective for Zambia,” said Mr. Banda.
He added: “We are hopeful that the key components of the system, that is the Mineral Production Monitoring, the Mineral Export Permit Application Systems and some of the interfaces with other key systems will be fully developed and launched before end of the year 2017”.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia, through the Ministry of Finance tasked the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to spearhead the implementation of the Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project (MVCMP) whose objectives include:
• review the mechanisms for the monitoring of the mining and mineral value chain from exploration to exportation;
• develop and implement the mechanisms for monitoring and facilitating the movement of the minerals with and out of Zambia; and
• Institutionalize the framework in other Government Institutions and Agencies through effective change management.
The other leading institution in the implementation of MOSES the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development (MMMD) as owner and user of the mineral production monitoring system. The Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project funded by the European Union and housed in the Ministry of Mines is working jointly with the MVCMP to develop the system.
Other key implementing institutions include the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), Central Statistical Office (CSO), Road Development Agency (RDA), Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), Patents and Companies Registration Authority (PACRA).
The MVCMP’s primary task is to design and implement a multi-purpose and multi-stakeholder scheme for the purpose of monitoring Zambia’s mineral resources throughout the value chain. The Project has engaged the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to develop and commission the Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES) whose key components are the Mineral Production Reporting and the Export Permit Issuance Modules.
Once fully developed and commissioned, MOSES will also serve as a tool in development of Zambia’s National Statistical system in that it will improve the quality and availability of administrative registers that can be used in the production of official statistics as pertains to the mining sector.
Issued by Kunda MWILA
MVCMP Communications Consultant
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