An international investor is eyeing to set up a global gold centre at Gaika Mine in Kwekwe, a massive boost for the country’s vision of being admitted into the London bullion market.

A visit to the mining site proved that the investors are laying the ground work before the commencement of mining activities.

An electric perimeter fence to seal off the mine from illegal miners has since been erected.

Duration Gold’s Acting Country Coordinating Project Manager, Mr Allan Mashingaidze told ZBC News that they are now angling to put in place the framework for setting up the global gold centre at the mine.

We are grateful that our vision is now back on course. We are now setting our eyes in establishing a world gold centre. At the moment we are doing exploration works before we start mining at the site,” he said.

ZBC News is reliably informed that the investors have courted some Asian partners to realise their strategic vision.

Minister of State for Midlands Province, Cde Larry Mavhima, who led a team of joint operations command to tour the mine, told ZBC News that the progress achieved is a clear testimony that the second republic has respect for property rights and the rule of law.

“We are happy that the investors are now on site doing their work without interruption. This, in our view, is what President Emmerson Mnangagwa has always emphasised on, respect for property rights and respect for the rule of law as we seek to attain Vision 2030,” said Cde Mavhima.

The government, through the joint operations command, deployed some law enforcement agents at the mine in April to get rid of illegal miners who had invaded the place for four months.