1022: “There is no need to worry about political uncertainties. The government is committed to holding free and fair elections in line with SADC and AU guidelines,” says Retired General Chiwenga.

1019: The Acting President urged those in the mining industry to uphold good corporate governance and shun corruption.

1015: “We are a peaceful country and I urge all of you to take advantage of the peaceful environment…. Government will continue to say no to all forms of corruption,” he says.

1014: The Acting President says the new dispensation seeks to make Zimbabwe the investment destination of choice.

Acting President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga addressing delegates

1013: “This thrust seeks to unlock the full value of Zimbabwe’s mineral wealth,” he says.

1012: Retired General Chiwenga reiterates that ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’.

1011: He says mining is one of the biggest foreign currency earners for the country.

1010: The Acting President says the conference explores the various investment opportunities in Zimbabwe adding that the mining sector remains critical to the economy of Zimbabwe.

1009: He starts by thanking the organisers for such an important event which brings together investors and potential investors.

1008: Guest of honour at the event, Acting President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga is now giving his keynote address.

0950: “Around end of March tenders will be floated to this effect,” he says.

0949: Government is also working on small scale mining development says Minister Chitando adding that the revival of a factory gold plant in Kwekwe is on the cards.

Minister Chitando speaks about mineral deposits found in various parts of the country

0948: He says government is working with major producers of lithium for value addition and beneficiation, in particular to eventually batteries manufacturers.

0947: “Zimbabwe is poised to be a major producer of lithium in the world” Minister Chitando says.

0945: He says, lithium…we have this new kid on the block in terms of mineral resources found in Bikita.

0942: The Mines and Mining Development Minister is now giving an overview of the potential for Zimbabwe’s mining industry.

0940: Minister Chitando says Zimbabwe has the resources to be mined and the human capital, but lacks capital, hence this conference.

0930: Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando takes to the podium and says mining requires 3 key aspects, i.e:

  • Resource
  • Capital
  • Human capital

He says environment for mining must be or have:

  1. Peaceful
  2. Policy clarity
  3. Policy consistency
  4. Sound systems