Roadmap to increase copper production coming

By Blessings Chibuye

Government and the World Bank have started working on a roadmap to increase Zambia’s annual copper production to three-million metric tonnes.

Finance and National Planning Minister SITUMBEKO MUSOKOTWANE says the plan will include value addition as the market is readily available.

Dr. MUSOKOTWANE was speaking during the Roadmap for Leveraging Zambia’s Energy Transition Mineral Endowment for Economic Transformation Workshop in Lusaka.

He explained that Copper still has value like it was in the 1970’s adding that there is need to increase production and help transform the economy.

Meanwhile, World Bank Regional Director for Infrastructure, Eastern and Southern Africa WENDY HUGHES reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to help Zambia.

And Mines and Minerals Development Minister PAUL KABUSWE said the Energy Transition Minerals roadmap requires alignment with the Critical Minerals Strategy in order to ensure it helps in addressing various challenges in the mining sector.

In speech read for him by Ministry Permanent Secretary HAPENGA KABETA, Mr. KABUSWE said some of the challenges include the use of unsustainable mining practices and inadequate investment in renewable energy.

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