President Mnangagwa to officially open mining conference


GWERU – President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to officially open the Zimbabwe Miners
Federation (ZMF) annual conference at the Gweru Convention Business Centre on July 6 -7.
ZMF Chief Executive Officer Wellington Takavarasha said ZMF has invited President Mnangagwa to
be the guest speaker at the conference to be graced by artisanal miners, small scale miners (ASM),
large scale miners, stakeholders, service providers, investors and policy makers.
The conference, to run under the theme: “Responsible Mining: A catalyst for sustainable economic
development,” aims to discuss the policy measures affecting ASM operations and assess the
implications on the growth of the mining sector.
“The core business of this event is designed to strategically bring together artisanal small scale
miners, large scale miners and key stakeholders to meet and connect with investors, service
providers, stakeholders and policymakers and holistically align the artisanal and small scale miners in
the mainstream economy in a most sustainable and rationale manner,” he said.
The ZMF Chief Executive Officer said the primary objective of the conference, which is Zimbabwe’s
only premium artisanal and small scale mining investment forum and platform, is to align small scale
and artisanal miners into the mainstream economy in a more rational and sustainable manner.
“Speakers are industry leaders and experts who will provide new perspectives on key issues and
concerns of the artisanal and small scale mining sector and share cutting-edge content and insights
on the mining landscape,” he said.
The exhibition will feature the latest technology, equipment, solutions, and innovations for ASM
buyers. Exhibitions will generate new leads, enhance their visibility, open doors for new markets,
showcase their products, and thought leadership through panel discussions and other networking
platforms, and face the competition to adapt to changes in product design.
Policymakers, government bodies, suppliers, manufacturers, mining houses, Chamber of Mines
members, law enforcement members, research institutions, farmers, NGOs, and financial
institutions are expected to be in attendance.
There will be a breakout sessions into mineral sector groupings such as gold, chrome and base
minerals, semi-precious and industrial minerals, youth in mining, women in mining and gender
issues, mining supplies and service providers, legislative and policy issues, and investment
opportunities in the ASM sector.
Over 100 ZMF affiliate associations, individual artisanal and small scale miners, financiers/investors,
service providers, stakeholders and policymakers, will grace the conference which is also aimed at
fostering a sustainable and responsible mining sector for Zimbabwe’s economic development.

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