European Union and World Bank visit Konkola Copper Mine (14/06/2012)

EU Head of Delegation in Zambia, Ambassador Gilles Hervio, accompanied by Anwar Ravat, operations adviser for mining at the World Bank Zambia office, and EU economic advisor Christian Peters, went for a two day visit to Konkola Copper Mine in Zambia's Copperbelt on 13, 14 June 2012.

This was Ambassador Hervio's first visit to a mining company since his arrival in Zambia in 2011. The trio held talks with KCM chief executive officer Jeyakumar Janakaraj and senior management staff after which they were given a tour of the Konkola Copper Mine's various operations and their corporate social responsibility activities.

Ambassador Hervio stated: "I am impressed with this visit; we have received a lot of information on KCM's financial operations and I have realized that KCM have chosen modern technology, which limits environmental damage and ensures staff safety.  I have seen an impressive quality on the social side. This is very useful for the country and should be emulated by other companies."

KCM is the largest private sector employer in the country with more than 22,000 workers.