Small scale and artisanal miners are targeting to effectively utilise the forthcoming Mine Entra event to create linkages with regional and international exhibitors.

The expo runs in Bulawayo from the 19th to the 21st of this month.

This specialised premier mining, engineering and transport expo brings together a broad spectrum of representatives from across the mining value chain to participate and seek solutions to address issues around the growth of the mining sector in Zimbabwe.

Last year, a US$100 million facility for the small-scale and artisanal mining industry was  unveiled at the expo and this year, the sector is eyeing to effectively utilise the event to profile the country’s products and services to an international audience, according to the Zimbabwe Miners Federation CEO, Mr Wellington Takavarasha.

A Joint Suppliers and Producers Conference will run concurrently with the Mine Entra organised in conjunction with the Chamber of Mines Zimbabwe.

The expected discussions at these forums will be anchored on crafting strategies to improve linkages between the mining industry and the upstream sector.

Findings by the Joint Suppliers and Producers  Committee, which comprises the Chamber of Mines and the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) shows that capital constraints, obsolete equipment and high cost structures have downplayed the capacity of local manufacturing companies to supply mining consumables.

This has resulted in the bulk of mining inputs for gold and platinum being procured from overseas markets, according to a Chamber of Mines State of the Mining Sector Survey Report for 2015.