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JCTR, CTPD guides on mining licensing

The Jesuit Center for Theological Reflections and Center for Trade Policy and Development have recommended that the legislation for the awarding of mining licenses and registration needs to be enhanced.
The two think tanks are of the view that this will ensure that individuals and entities applying for the registration of mines will have the capacity to finance the mining operations.
This was disclosed during a meeting for sharing results of a case study jointly conducted by CTPD and JCTR that has reviewed that about two hundred mining companies have been registered in Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt Province but only three of them are in full operation.
Speaking at the presentation of the case study, JCTR Head of Programs Geoffrey Chongo says most of the mines not operating in the district are for local investors.
He says this will help reduction in the number of dormant mines in the district and the country.
The report has also disclosed that mining companies in the country need a systematic approach in promoting the rights of children in, Education, health as well as water and sanitation.
It has shown that there is need to improve advocacy and claim making capacities of children for them to demand their rights from duty bearers.
He says the research has also reviewed that mining companies need to be guided on the need to support children activities in the areas they operate from apart from the corporate social responsibilities they are engaged in.

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