PEPZ hosts high level roundtable meeting to increase mining sector local content

A positive opportunity for commercial and economic success

At a roundtable discussion event just held in Lusaka, the Private Enterprise Programme

Zambia (PEPZ) brought together nearly 30 key participants in the mining sector. Senior

representatives from the major mining companies together with the Zambian Association of

Manufacturers, the Chamber of Mines, local Chambers of Commerce, the Zambia

Development Agency, and other stakeholders including local supplier businesses met to

discuss the opportunities and challenges of increasing the quantity and quality of local

content in the mining sector.

Levels of local content within the mining sector have become a topic of increasing political

and economic concern within Zambia but speaking on behalf of the Zambian Association of

Manufacturers, CEO Chipego Zulu commented that the PEPZ roundtable event represented

a “valuable opportunity to gather and feed ideas into policy discussion at the highest level”.

The roundtable discussion explored the issues holding back growth in local content and also

recognised the commercial and social benefits that can be accrued by developing stronger

local supply chains. Reviewing the proceedings, Eric Miller, PEPZ’s mining sector lead

reflected that, “There is a real appetite within the teams from the mines for developing their

local supplier base, with the mines keen to share with each other examples of best practice

that they are already starting to build”.

PEPZ confirms that, following the roundtable, it is collating all the key points that came out

of the debate in the form of a proposed roadmap for increasing the openness of the

Zambian mining supply chain to local firms. This will include a blueprint for a supplier

development programme as well as the establishment of a mining industry dialogue forum

which will meet regularly to monitor and assess progress in local content development as

well as allowing for sharing of best practice.

On the basis that managing improvement is difficult without accurate measurement, Jeff

Geipel from the Mining Shared Value team at Engineers Without Borders introduced the

group to the idea of a consistent method of measuring local content. Following his

recommendation, it is intended to develop such a method that can give a way of tracking

improvements in local content throughout the mining sector.

Anthony Kabaghe, President of the Kitwe and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry

stated that, “the next step is to produce a working document that we can all use as a

roadmap to implement changes that will support growing local content in the mines. The

Chambers of Commerce are delighted to be involved; we know our membership and we

know the needs of the mines so we are ideally placed to take on the role of honest broker

between the mines and our members”.

Reflecting on the roundtable session, Mr Kabaghe congratulated PEPZ on bringing together

so many key stakeholders so that they could collaborate on finding solutions. “Previous

initiatives to improve local content {in the mining sector] have largely been developed

without establishing stakeholder engagement. This is different, with everyone buying into

the process”.

PEPZ hosts high level roundtable meeting to increase mining sector local content
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Funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID), the Private Enterprise Programme-Zambia (PEP-Z) is a £14 million, five-year initiative that began in 2014 and runs until 2019. This project is being implemented by Nathan Associates London with an aim to create jobs and contribute to the diversification of the economy. PEP-Z is best known in Zambia for its Nyamuka business plan competition for start-up businesses.
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