The mission of the Chamber is "advancing the interests of its members, local communities, the country and its stakeholders whilst promoting sustainable and responsible mining".
The Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) is registered as an association for mining and allied companies both large and small. The Chamber is governed by a constitution while the policy making body is the Council drown from member companies. Membership to the Chamber is voluntary and is classified into four categories i.e. Class A, Class B, Class C and Associate. These are based on the type of mining licence that a particular mine possess, large, small, exploration, service provision etc.
The Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) was originally formed in September 1942 and was known as the Northern Rhodesia Chamber of Mines of Zambia until it was replaced by the Copper Insutry Services Buereau (CISB) in 1965. Following privatisation of the ine assets in 2000, the Zambia Chamber of mines was re-established.
In order to show transparency and accountability in the extraction of Zambia's natural resources, the Chamber of mines joined the Zambia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, ZEITI in 2008.
In 2012 Zambia was declared EITI compliant. Upon being declared EITI compliant, it implies that Zambia has put in place effective processes for enhancing transparency and accountability in the mining sector. so far, ZEITI has published eight reports showing what mining companies pay to government as taxes, and what government receive as revenue.
Mining companies including Mopani Copper ines (MCM), Konkola Copper mines (KCM), Barrick Lumwana Mines and First Quantum Minerals (FQM) spend substantial amounts on social investments. The social investments do not form part of the commercial activities undertaken by mining companies but are instead aimed at making positive contribution to the communities surrounding the mine. These include investments in infrastructure, health, education, business development and support for alternative livelihood as well as endeavours to support local government to cope with the invlux of people into mining areas.
The Chamber of Mines has introduced the annual Mining Awards Gala, conceived to provide a forum for reorganising and promoting service and excellence in the ining industry in Zambia. Further, the Gala is an opportune event for key players in the industry to showcase their achievements, create business linkages and share experiences. The adjudication of these awards is conducted by a panel of experts and distinguished persons with many years of experience in the mining and allied industry.
The Chamber's operations are coordinated by a secretariat based in Zambia's capital city, Lusaka. Its policy making body is the Council drawn from member companies.
Zambia Chamber of Mines
Mpile Office park
74 Independence avenue
P.O.Box 51393 RW, Lusaka, Zambia
Mr. Sokwani Chilembo
Telephone: +260 211 258383/4
Fax: +260 211 258383/4