ZRA launches monitoring system for mines


A  PILOT Mineral Production Reporting Monitoring System with major mines on the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has been completed. ZRA commissioner general, Kingsley Chanda said the system would enable mines to submit reports online. Mr Chanda confirmed that testing and piloting of the mineral production reporting module had been successfully conducted with the major mining companies. He explained that the mineral production reporting system would substitute the current manual process where mining companies have to travel to Lusaka to submit their monthly returns. “The advantage of this system is that officers from various mines will be able to submit these reports in the comfort of their respective offices and officers at the Ministry of Mines will also be able to approve these reports online,” he said. The mineral production reporting tool, which was part of the Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES) would enable mines to do online submission of the mandatory monthly mineral production reports to the Ministry of Mines and other Government agencies. The project team comprised officers from Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development (MMMD), Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA). Others Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Consultants from Statistical Norway and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have been testing and piloting the system with the major mines on the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces since the first-quarter of 2016. The 12 major mining companies that were trained and are using the system are: Lubambe Copper Mines, Chambishi Copper Smelter, Luanshya Copper Mine and Chibuluma Copper Mine. Others are NFCA Copper Mining Company, Sino Metals, FQM Kalumbila Copper Mine, Lumwana Copper Mining, FQM Kansanshi Mine, Konkola Copper Mine, Mopani Copper Mine and Chambishi Metals.