Copperbelt Province Minister, Elisha Matambo says emerald mining has not been fully exploited to the satisfaction and benefit of the country.
Mr Matambo has urged the Parliamentary Committee on National, Economic, Trade and Labour matters, which is on tour of the province, to come up with proposals of how such issues can be dealt with in future in order to change the state of affairs.
The Minister was speaking when the Committee paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Ndola.
Mr Matambo has encouraged the committee members, to focus on other sectors such as tourism and agriculture as they have great potential to contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
And Parliamentary Committee Chairperson, Binwell Mpundu said the committee wants to acquaint itself with the activities of the emerald mines saying it is a facet of mining that can greatly contribute to economic prosperity of the country. ZANIS.