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Zambia ready to work with investors in mineral value addition sectors —Hichilema


President Hakainde Hichilema says Zambia is ripe to work with investors to add value to the critical minerals and create opportunities and jobs for the young people.

This is according to a statement issued from the United Kingdom (UK) on Thursday by the President’s office.

Hichilema last evening was hosted at UK Parliament’s Critical Minerals Association at the Parliament building led by Baroness Lindsay Northover Chairperson of UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Critical Minerals.

During the meeting, Hichilema said value addition to critical minerals and creation of opportunities will be done through joint ventures that deliver value and opportunities for all.

He reiterated government’s desire to actualise the country’s resource endowment and investment opportunities in agriculture, mining, tourism, energy, among others and the need to accelerate the implementation of projects for the benefit of our citizens.

“It is important that there is investment in critical minerals in light of the climate change transition and the new age of electrical vehicles,” Hichilema said.

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The event was attended by members of the UK Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet from both Houses (Lords and Commons) as well as major UK mining firms and investors.


It was also attended by Andrew Mitchell, Minister of State for Development and Africa, Laurence Robertson, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Zambia and Chairperson of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Zambia and Jeff Townsend, Chief Executive Officer Critical Minerals Association UK.

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