Zambia to Start Online Mine-License Register by End of June

Zambia, Africa’s biggest copper producer, will introduce an online cadastre system for its mineral licenses in the first half of next year, according to the company developing the software.

Cape Town-based Spatial Dimensions will develop an Internet-based system to improve transparency in applying for, awarding and paying for mineral rights, Charles Young, the company’s government sector consultant, said by mobile phone.

“The idea is to do all transactions online,” with no cash changing hands, he said. The system will be in operation “by late in the first half of 2013.”

Zambian President Michael Sata promised to root out corruption in the public service in the run-up to his election victory in September last year. The International Finance Corp., a unit of the World Bank, ranked the southern African country 84 out of 183 economies in its 2012 Ease of Doing Business report.

A call to the Zambian Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water made after normal business hours went unanswered.

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