The country is set to benefit from various mining projects being spearheaded by investors such as Sino Steel Corporation and Tsinshang Group who are into ferrochrome, coal bed methane and stainless steel.

This emerged at the SADC regional learning conference on mining, energy and infrastructure contracts in Harare today.

The government said the new mining projects of the minerals will benefit the nation through creation of employment, foreign currency generation and industrialisation.

In an interview with ZBC News, senior legal officer in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Ms Nolwazi Muchinguri said up to 3 000 new jobs are going to be created at the stainless steel project by the Tsingshan Group.

“We are mainly focused on value addition and beneficiation where we expect to have much in the production of stainless steel and ferrochrome,” Ms Muchinguri said.

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association representatives, Mr Mutuso Dhliwayo and Mr Titus Gwemende from Oxfam said the conference is key in teaching stakeholders to build skills that promote transparency in mining contract negotiations for enhanced resource based economic growth.

The conference is being attended by participants from South Africa, Malawi, Uganda and Mozambique and is running under the theme; “Promoting Cross Leaning on Contract Negotiation Monitoring and Disclosure in Mining, Energy and Infrastructure Projects”.