SMALL Scale Miners in North-Western Province have welcomed Government’s initiative to introduce electronic Mineral Production Reporting and Mineral Export Permit Systems.

Speaking after attending the two day training session conducted by the Mineral Value Chain Monitoring (MVCMP) Team at Royal Solwezi Hotel, North-Western Small Scale Mining Association Dexter Phiri said the move will help to improve compliance in the submission of the monthly mineral returns to the Ministry of Mines.

“We want to express our appreciation to the Government and the Mineral Value Chain team for extending this training to the Small Scale Miners in North-Western Province,” said Mr, Phiri.

He added: “We also wish to appeal to government to help Small Scale Miners with affordable finances so that they can improve their mineral production and contribute to the growth of the national economy”.

The MVCMP, in collaboration with the European Union funded Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project (MPMSP) domiciled at Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development have developed the two systems that are already being used by the major mines. The Team was in North-western and Copperbelt Provinces to train the small scale miners on how to use the two systems.

The Mineral Production Reporting and Mineral Export Application Systems are the key components of the Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES), which is an online system that will integrate all systems related to Mineral Production, Export Permit Applications, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Weigh Bridge data onto one platform.

BACKGROUND
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 within 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.
The MVCMP is USD10 million Project financed by the Norwegian Government, the Government of the Republic of Zambia and a Consortium of Donors managed by the World Bank.