Man­ual Is­suance of Cop­per Ex­port Per­mits Phased Out

Zambian Business Times - - BUSINESS REVIEW -

• The on­line sys­tem is meant to fos­ter trans­parency for monthly min­eral pro­duc­tion data

• With the new sys­tem cobalt and pre­cious metal ex­ports will be eas­ier to track Zam­bia’s Mines Min­istry has an­nounced that it has phased out the man­ual is­suance of ex­port per­mits for cop­per, cobalt and pre­cious min­er­als like emer­alds, to an on­line plat­form that is ex­pected to de­liver more ac­cu­rate data on the coun­try’s ex­ports.

In an in­ter­view with the Zam­bian Busi­ness Times - ZBT, Alexan­der Nyirenda who is the Public Re­la­tions Man­ager for Min­istry of Mines dis­closed that the Min­istry of Mines and Min­er­als Devel­op­ment (MMMD) has phased out the man­ual is­suance of ex­port per­mits for cop­per, cobalt and pre­cious met­als.

“The min­istry has in­tro­duced an on­line sys­tem called the Min­eral Out­put Sta­tis­ti­cal Eval­u­a­tion Sys­tem - MOSES. Once a metal or min­eral pro­ducer has been on boarded onto MOSES, they are then able to make ex­port per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions on­line”, Nyirenda told ZBT.

Nyirenda fur­ther em­pha­sized that the sys­tem is not a ZRA sys­tem but one that was de­vel­oped un­der the min­eral value chain mon­i­tor­ing pro­ject (MVCMP) with ZRA as one of the lead in­sti­tu­tion. The MMMD is the main in­sti­tu­tion while other stake­hold­ers in­clude ZABS, CSO, PACRA, RDA and RTSA.

The on­line sys­tem is meant to fos­ter trans­parency for monthly min­eral pro­duc­tion data as well as for the is­suance of ex­port per­mits (for the ap­pli­ca­tion and is­suance of ex­port per­mits MOSES was in­ter­faced with old sys­tem which was pre­vi­ously used at the min­istry of mines.

Mean­while, the Zam­bia Rev­enue Author­ity - ZRA Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­ager Topsy Sikalinda told ZBT that the Rev­enue Author­ity’s tar­get is to work with other stake­hold­ers to have all the base and pre­cious met­als deal­ers mi­grate to the on­line re­port­ing and ex­port per­mit­ting sys­tem by mid-July 2018.

The ZRA Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager said that ZRA’s key role is trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion. This on­line sys­tem now al­lows what has been de­clared by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers mainly gov­ern­ment agen­cies to be cross checked. All that ZRA does is check and cross-check the ge­nu­ity of per­mits.

The rule is that once ex­port ar­ti­cles are found not to be unau­then­tic, ZRA would im­pound and seize the prop­erty im­me­di­ately thereby ced­ing the prop­erty to the state. This would be deemed as a po­ten­tial smug­gling at­tempt.

Sikalinda fur­ther ad­vised trad­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in Zam­bia to regis­ter with the on­line plat­form be­cause it has a num­ber of ad­van­tages, which in­clude less in­con­ve­nienc­ing, can be eas­ily ac­cessed from any­where at any time, cheaper, quicker and com­pli­ant.

Zam­bia’s ex­port of mostly pre­cious met­als and Cobalt has been chal­leng­ing to track due to lack of an in­de­pen­dent sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate ex­port per­mit is­suance and the al­low other in­de­pen­dent gov­ern­ment agen­cies such as ZRA to counter check and col­lect the right lev­els of tax­a­tion.

The man­ual sys­tem was also prone to cor­rup­tion ma­nip­u­la­tion and this on­line sys­tem will en­sure ad­e­quate sys­tem built con­trols are ad­hered to.

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