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Zimbabwe has officially inaugurated Sinomine Resource Group’s state-of-the-art spodumene and expanded petalite processing plants at the renowned Bikita Lithium Mine. President Emmerson Mnangagwa lauded Sinomine’s commitment, investing over $300 million to propel Zimbabwe into a regional and global lithium mining powerhouse.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) shakes hands with a staff member from China's Sinomine Resource Group at Bikita Lithium Mine in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) shakes hands with a staff member from China’s Sinomine Resource Group at Bikita Lithium Mine in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe

President Mnangagwa praised this significant milestone as a strategic step towards solidifying Zimbabwe’s role as a key player in lithium mining and associated industries. He emphasized the alignment of this substantial investment with the government’s focus on mineral value addition and beneficiation, contributing to the nation’s economic growth on multiple fronts.

Acknowledging Zimbabwe’s responsibility to supply critical resources to global industries, Mnangagwa urged continuous efforts to produce battery-grade lithium and value-added products. Sinomine Resource Group Chairman, Wang Pingwei, affirmed the company’s dedication to Africa, aiming to boost efficiency and output quality at Bikita Mine.

Wang outlined future plans, including expanding mining operations, increasing employee benefits, and exploring the feasibility of a refinery plant. This strategic move aims to broaden the industrial chain, adding value to products and reinforcing Zimbabwe’s standing in the global new energy industry.

Sinomine’s commitment extends beyond economic ambitions. Wang emphasized the company’s dedication to socio-economic progress through corporate social responsibility initiatives, reflecting a holistic approach to development. Soda Zhemu, Zimbabwe’s Mines and Mining Development Minister, highlighted the pivotal role of mining and value addition in the country’s growth ambitions. The ministry is actively promoting mineral exploration through private sector partnerships, establishing new mines, and formulating policies to encourage beneficiation and value addition.

As Zimbabwe capitalizes on Africa’s largest lithium deposits amid the global push for green energy, the collaboration with Sinomine Resource Group emerges as a transformative force, poised to reshape the nation’s industrial landscape.

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