A ZEITI Strategic Plan (2016-2020) was adopted in 2016. The Strategic Plan provides a guide and identifies priority activities, which will be essential in the effective implementation of EITI to achieve its objectives.The Plan has also taken into account the challenges ZEITI has encountered since inception in its quest to live up to its goals and objectives.
Their objectives include:
- Full disclosure of information on the mineral value chain in order to enhance transparency and accountability in the governance of natural resources.
- Better management of revenue from the natural resources in order to ensure that it contributes towards socio-economic development and improved livelihoods.
- Available information on the mineral value chain and natural resource governance in order to create awareness and stimulate informed decision making.
- To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the natural resource governance framework and systems in order to assess their impact on the socio-economic development of the country.
EITI in Zambia is implemented by the Zambia EITI Council, ZEC. The Council is composed of three stakeholders, the Government, Mining Companies and the Civil Society Organisations. ZEC coordinates and oversees the implementation of EITI. ZEC has a total of 18 members and is chaired by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Development. Each of the three stakeholder group is represented by six members. The ZEC is serviced by a Secretariat which is located in the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development. The Secretariat includes the National Coordinator, Ian Mwiinga and three other full-time staff.
Recognising the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the EITI Board agreed the extension of measures to provide flexibility in EITI implementation and reporting.
Flexible EITI reporting MSGs may prepare reports based on information disclosed by government and/or companies, subject to MSG endorsement and providing that the flexible reporting requirements are met.
Zambia is preparing its 2019 report using the flexible reporting approach. The report will also include a risk-based approach to reconciliation. To cover the impacts of Covid-19, ZEITI is administering a questionnaire that is covering government relief measures for companies, asking whether companies benefited from these and what are the priorities for recovery, among other issues.