Zambia’s rich mineral resources are one of the country’s most important assets. They contribute to national income, exports, employment and government revenue. As the country looks to the future, Zambia faces important choices on how to manage its mineral wealth. There are trade-offs in the design of the mining fiscal regime. Mining inevitably entails environmental and public health risks. Mining firms make choices about procurement that influences the industry’s contribution to the Zambian economy.
This brief video introduces the World Bank’s Fifth Zambia Economic Brief “Making Mining Work for Zambia: The Economic, Health, and Environmental Nexus of Zambia’s Copper Mining Economy,” which was released in June 2015. It asks how Zambia can uses its mineral resources to help the country achieve its economic development ambitions. The report suggests areas where the government, business community, and civil society can collaborate to enhance the contribution of mining to Zambia.