By Nation Reporter
AN extensive, educational website for he mining industry, which explains mining activities to ordinary people has been launched by the Zambia Chamber of Mines.
MiningforZambia.com website is educational and extensive in scope and content, and complements the Chamber of Mines’ existing website that will feature latest industry news from Zambia and around the world.
Chamber of Mines president Nathan Chishimba said that was a world-first in the topics covered, the eased of reading and its daily round-up of news and financial information.
Mr Chishimba said MiningforZambia.com website was part of an ongoing programme of strategic, public engagement by the mining industry to promote a better understanding of the industry.
“This powerful website is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the role of mining in the Zambian economy and society,
“We expect readers to return to the site daily, or at least weekly, to keep themselves updated, especially as we continue to add new content, and it will appeal to all who follow the mining industry, be they experts or ordinary Zambians,” he said.
He said the site covered core topics focused on Zambia’s mines, their economic and social contribution, interesting facts about the industry and more.
This follows the launch of the booklet “Understanding Mineral Royalty Tax (MRT)” by the Chamber of Mines earlier this year.
Mr Chishimba said the Chamber also hosted a media conference in December 2015 to explain the causes and the consequences of the global mining crisis resulting from the economic slowdown in China, the world’s largest importer of copper and other industrial metals.
“Mining in Zambia is relatively under-reported, and there are deep and abiding misconceptions about what it actually does and its impact on society and the economy, and MiningforZambia.com aims to help correct that,” he said.
He explained that the website’s primary content was free for use by the media, or anyone else who wished to access it, saying the website would have live updated copper price, tracking of the price of other mineral resources and the Kwacha/US Dollar exchange rate, and features offering a deeper look into mining in the country.
“It also has a library and downloads section, where open source are free to use information shared.
We invite all Zambians to visit the website to learn more about an exciting and challenging industry which plays a critical role in the economy and society,” said Mr Chishimba.