Extractive Industry Should Benefit the Poor

THE three Church mother bodies (CCZ, EFZ and ZEC) and civil society organisations have noted with concern that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a tool for poverty reduction has been taken for granted by both Government and the Extractive industries.

The PF government has since been urged to be firm on extractive industries when it comes to collection of taxes on behalf of Zambians to address the escalating poverty levels among the people.

This is contained in a declaration read on behalf of the church and CSOs by Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Head of Programmes Abraham Chikasa at a media briefing to mark the end of a three-day Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba, held in Ndola.

The mining indaba which attracted over 120 delegates from within and outside the country expressed worry that Zambia despite being rich in mineral resources, over 60 percent of the people live under the poverty datum line and the 2010 Human Development Index put Zambia at 150 out of 169 countries.

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