THE FIRST ZAMBIA NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEOLOGY, MINING, METALLURGY, AND GROUNDWATER RESOURCES CONFERENCE

THE FUTURE MINING IN ZAMBIA. 22ND TO 23RD NOVEMBER 2018

Introduction
Zambia is endowed with abundant mineral wealth. The mineral industry is the backbone of the economy of the country and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. The mineral export constitutes an important source of country’s foreign currency and gross income. Mineral exploration and production comprise a major part of their economic activities and employment. Further, the African Union’s vision seeks to have a mining sector that is transparent, equitable and with an optimal mineral resources' exploitation level that underpins broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development (African Union, 2009).

Currently, however, mining industries in Zambia face challenges with high exploration costs; insufficient numbers of well-trained manpower; inadequate infrastructure for research, development and innovation; and less efficient mining practices. These factors have resulted in less productive and competitive mining and processing operations. Even after more than a century of geological mapping, mineral exploration and mining activities, large tracts of the country is still unmapped, and geological research has not received the needed attention and priority. As a result, mineral resources of Zambia are either under-exploited, or their potential still remains unknown. However, no value is added to the exploited minerals.

Sustainable development and socio-economic upliftment of Zambia is not only underpinned with management of its mineral resources and subsequent value addition, but also a proper utilization and management of its precarious groundwater resources.

A sound investment environment and opportunity in Zambia can bring a greater socio-economic benefit to the broader community, as well as provide good investment returns to investors. What is needed at present is increased investment in research, development and innovation with adequate environmental considerations that are backed by pragmatic policies and legislations to ensure better management of the mining and water resources sectors. To achieve these results, renewed attention on fundamental geoscientific, mining and metallurgical research for advancement in knowledge and understanding of academic interests, which will be able to guide future mining activities and groundwater resources and address environmental and many other pressing issues is needed.

Aims and Objectives

The National Conference which will run every year in the month of November  aims to bring together academics and researchers, industry and society (consumers of these goods and services), within the framework of the Conference to: share the knowledge and experiences in order to explore ways and means of meeting the underlying current and  future prospects challenges and prospects in basic and applied geoscientific research, exploration, water resources development and management, mining, metallurgy and build local capacity; provide an important forum to enhance regional and international co-operation; and present a forum for students, young scientists and professionals to listen, interact and develop contacts with national and international delegates and open prospects for future collaborative research, and even employment.

For more information, go to http://mines.unza.zm/conference