Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando says the Government’s target of building a US$12 billion mining industry by 2023 is within sight, amid sustained production growth.

In an interview on Heart and soul tv, Chitando said the mining industry target dovetailed into the Government’s vision of transforming Zimbabwe into an upper middle income society by 2030.

The mining industry generates approximately 65 percent of Zimbabwe’s annual exports and contributes over 12 percent to gross domestic product while employing hundreds of thousands of workers.

Minister Chitando said when the US$12 billion milestone was launched in 2019; some people thought it would be achieved overnight, a grossly incorrect assumption, he said.