His Excellency the President and ZANU PF First Secretary Cde E.D Mnangagwa has called upon the mining sector to propel the realization of the Country’s Vision 2030, the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda as well as improving quality and standard of life for the people.
President Mnangagwa made these remarks yesterday at the 2021 Mining Industry Sector Awards Ceremony which were held at State House in Harare.
Zimbabwe generated US$3.5 billion in 2020 and US$ 5,2 billion in 2021 from minerals showing that the mining sector is growing. This is fulfilling the realization of the US$12 billion milestone by 2023 and it resonates well with the New Dispensation's quest _of leaving no-one and no-place behind_.
President Mnangagwa highlighted that the realization of a US$12 billion milestone must be premised on opening of new mines, re-opening of closed mines and the expansion of existing mines.
“As a strategic sector you have what it takes to accelerate the realisation of the US$12 billion milestone by 2023. This must be premised on the re-opening of closed mines, expansion of existing mines, opening of new mines and investment in beneficiation facilities”, President Mnangagwa.
His Excellency went on to say that his Government is committed to provide a conducive and profitable operating environment as well as enhancing beneficiation and value addition.
“On its part, my Government is committed to providing a conducive and profitable operating environment. This includes promoting sustainable extraction as well as enhancing beneficiation and value addition through creation of value of chains between mining and other sectors of the economy," His Excellency President Mnangagwa said.
President Mnangagwa further encouraged the mining sector to make strenuous efforts in growing the economy and commended them for their achievement which optimises the growing confidence by the International community on Zimbabwe's economy.
“The Mining Sector should strive for greater sustainability, competitiveness and modernisation as we grow the economy. With enhanced investment within the sector, we should continue to see increased production, productivity, employment creation and exports of processed goods as we march towards attaining our vision of a prosperous and empowered upper middle income by 2030.
“I, congratulate the sector for this achievement which optimises the growing confidence by the International community on our economy. Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amholope”.