Transparency International Zambia is part of the first cohort of 20 Transparency International Chapters involved in TI’s global programme to improve transparency in the process of awarding mining permits.
This global programme seeks to improve transparency and accountability in the extractive industries, focusing specifically on the very first link in the mining value chain: the decisions by government to grant mining or exploration permits and licenses and negotiate contracts.
TI Zambia’s assessment found 15 weaknesses in the process of applying for mining and exploration permits. These risks were found in the legal framework, procedures for evaluating the licenses and the institutions that manage the licenses applications. The research shows that these vulnerabilities have been exacerbated by executive bureaucracy.
Mining Licence Process Map
What is the process for awarding mining rights in Zambia? What steps must the company and the government follow?
These ‘maps’ present this process as a step-by-step guide. They sheds light on a process that is often complex and complicated, making it more transparent.