Zambia’s natural resources include copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver and uranium. The copperbelt which runs through Zambia has some of the largest deposits of cobalt and copper in the world. From 2000- 2005 copper exports made up 60.5% of total goods exports and were equivalent to 16.6% of GDP. Zambia ranks 9th in the list of world copper producers.
Zambia was accepted as an EITI Candidate country on 15 May 2009.
South Africa Resource Watch organized a seminar in Zambia in the first week of April to discuss Zambia’s experience with revenue transparency and EITI. It was attended by civil society, government and development agencies. The main outcome of the seminar included the establishment of a national PWYP coalition to be coordinated by the Centre for Policy Dialogue, with the priority goal of starting a dialogue with the government and mining companies on signing up to EITI.
Since then, the CPD has been nominated by other CSOs to sit on the Zambia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Council (ZEC).