Zambia’s largest taxpayer First Quantum Minerals (FQM) backs Bank of Zambia’s Export Proceeds Tracking Framework directives



Lusaka, Zambia – Monday 4th March 2024

Zambia’s largest taxpayer First Quantum Minerals (FQM), has pledged its support for the Bank of Zambia’s Export Proceeds Tracking Framework directives, which aim to ensure revenue from exports of goods and services, and the use of these funds, can be tracked through local Zambian bank accounts.

The directives, which came into effect on January 1 this year, require exporters to match export records to funds flowing through Zambian bank accounts in order to give the Bank of Zambia greater visibility of both the source of the funds received and the use of these funds.

“The central bank’s approach will enable greater transparency on the level of proceeds received in relation to exports as well as allowing any mismatches to be investigated. In addition, with exports being predominately in US dollars this also provides the central bank with the information to more effectively track these dollar flows and the impact this may have on the kwacha, which is key for the economy,” said FQM Country Manager Dr Godwin Beene.

The company pledged its support and compliance with the new requirements and emphasised that it had for many years ensured export proceeds flowed through its Zambian bank accounts and had been reporting on this to government under Rule 18 (Proof of Exports) of the Zambia Revenue Authority’s VAT General Rules, which require exporters to provide documentary evidence of export proceeds having been deposited in a local bank.

Tax payments from the mining sector as a whole rose by 11 percent to K43.3 billion in 2022, according to the recent independently audited report from the Zambia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (ZEITI). FQM’s Kansanshi Mining subsidiary was the largest contributor, paying K15 billion in tax, while FQM Trident made contributions of K8.6 billion.


About First Quantum Minerals Ltd

First Quantum Minerals Ltd is a global metals and mining company producing mainly copper, gold and nickel. The company’s assets are in Zambia, Spain, Mauritania, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Panama, Argentina and Peru.
In 2023, First Quantum globally produced 707,678 tonnes of copper, 226,885 ounces of gold and 26,252 tonnes of nickel.

In Zambia it operates the Kansanshi mine and smelter in Solwezi and the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila.
The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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