New Barrick Academy at Buzwagi to enhance economic growth

By Lake Zone Watch Writer

Minerals Minister Anthony Mavunde has praised Barrick Gold for opening a world class training academy at Buzwagi closed mine, saying the investment will contribute to the country’s economic growth and enhance the implementation of various community projects.

Inaugurating the new Barrick Academy at Buzwagi in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region yesterday, the minister said in today’s world, the role of science and technology is vital, and the new academy comes at the right time of a booming mining sector in need of more professionals.

Mavunde appealed to the management of the academy to possibly craft special courses for artisanal miners to improve their individual skills.

“This is a good start. By opening the academy in this special economic zone, I believe many investors will be inspired and set up their own industries to fill the gap created by the closed mine,’’ the minister said.

Earlier, the President and CEO of Barrick Corporation, Mark Bristow said his company was committed to making sure the partnership with the government benefits both sides, notably the contribution to Tanzania’s economy.

Bristow said Barrick highly values the education sector and will continue to invest in it to ensure many Tanzanians reap the benefits.

“We’ll ensure our partnership with the government of Tanzania is a model to be emulated across the globe, for its achievements and development of the people,’’ said Bristow.

He said the academy is designed to offer training programmes for ,frontline managers, foremen, supervisors and superintendants.

“ We are planning to train over 2,000 personnel in the next 24 months. We have a plan to also engage our contractors and introduce in the curriculum more disciplines including, financial leadership, advanced computer literacy and safety courses.

The opening of the academy follows the construction of a new airport terminal in January this year at the closed Buzwagi mine, that can serve more than 200 passengers at a time.

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