Zambia Mining and Minerals
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Zambia possesses one of the world’s highest-grade deposits of copper and is ranked the seventh largest copper producer in the world.  Copper contributes over 70 percent of the country’s foreign export earnings.  Zambia produces about 20 percent of the world’s emeralds.  The mining sector is governed and regulated by the Mines and Minerals Development Act No. 11 of 2015, which covers types of mining rights, acquisition of mining rights, rights/obligations conferred on the mining right holder, transferability of mining rights, safety, health and environment requirements, and provides for the environmental protection fund, mineral royalties, fees and charges, and export of minerals.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

There are prospects in uranium, gold, coal mining, and diamond and gas exploration, and in sales of mining supplies and equipment. 


Opportunities exist in exploration, mine services, water management, engineering, construction, and environmental services. 

Key government and regulatory agencies:

Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development
P.O. Box 31969
Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: +260 211 235 306 | +260 211 237 307 

Zambia Development Agency 
P.O. Box 30819
Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: +260 211 220 177 | +260 211 225 270 

Zambia Chamber of Mines
Mpile Office Park
Cathedral Hill
74 Independence Avenue
P.O. Box 51393 RW
Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: +260 211 258 383 | +260 211 258 384
Fax: +260 211 258 383 | +260 211 258 384