Vice President Guy Scott says Government has put in place deliberate measures aimed at promoting investment in value addition in the mining sector.
The Vice President says adding value to minerals will help boast the country’s economic strength through job creation.
Meanwhile, Dr. Scott says Government is developing appropriate technical mining skills through existing Universities and colleges because it has recognized that there is lack of sufficient technical skills to support the growing mining industry.
The Vice President was speaking last evening in Lusaka during the Chambers of Mines of Zambia inaugural mining award.
Dr Scott also urged mining investors to take seriously matters pertaining to social corporate responsibility in areas where they operate so that communities appreciate the existence of minerals in their areas.
And Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma says there has been major improvement in the mining sector in the past three years.
He noted that copper production in 2013 stood at 7-hundrred and 60 -Thousand tonnes and it is projected to reach 1-Million 5-hundred-Thousand tones in 2015
Mr. Yaluma noted that government’s task is to ensure that the increase in production benefits the Zambian people.
Meanwhile, Chamber of Mines of Zambia President Emmanuel Mutati noted that the objective of the awards was to provide an opportunity forum for recognizing the services and excellences of individuals and members of companies in the mining industry.