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The simulators are helping to improve operations and boost skills development in its workforce,." - Development Manager Ian McIntosh.
While COVID-19 has seen the private sector step up to support government prevention efforts, the role of corporates in fighting Malaria is less well-known but equally impactful.
FQM procured goods and services from companies registered in representing 85% of the total spending by its Kansanshi and Sentinel mines.
“Our approach in this partnership has been about building trust, resolving of issues on an ongoing basis even when there is no negotiation."
FQM has partnered with Anglo American Exploration Zambia to construct a real-time PCR COVID-19 testing laboratory at Kansanshi Mine Hospital.
FQM's Sentinel copper mine in Kalumbila District of North-Western Province has exceeded production targets for July and August.
FQM has maintained jobs and production at its operations in Zambia, despite sector-wide moves to cut workforce and scale-down production.
Civil society calls for local communities in mining areas to benefit more directly from the tax revenue paid by the industry have been backed by FQM.