The government has expressed its commitment to improving the mining sector through policies that will allow it to thrive.

Zimbabwe boasts of rich mineral deposits with questions being asked as to why the country’s economy is not maximising on these resources.

Exporting raw materials has been cited as one of the challenges affecting the country with calls for value addition and beneficiation being intensified.

Speaking during the Mine Entra exhibition which ended recently in Bulawayo, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Raj Modi revealed that government has set up policies to enhance exploration, extraction and beneficiation of minerals in a quest to reap maximum benefits from its resources.

“As government we remain committed to provide the necessary environment or facilities for mining sector growth. As you may be aware, government through the Office of the President and Cabinet is spearheading the process of ease of doing business reforms which aim at making the business environment conducive and attractive to investors by removing unnecessary legislative bottlenecks, improving efficiency and timeliness in the approval and issuance of licenses and permits,” he said.

The Zimbabwe Industrialisation Development Policy (ZIDP) was set up to, among other things, promote mining sector growth.

While opportunities in areas such as jewellery making have been noted, there has also been calls to enhance linkages with other sectors such as manufacturing.

Mining still spearheads development of industrial parks in line with innovation hubs and special economic zones.