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Zambia: Kagem continues to spearhead transparency on tax.

Gemfields, which operates the Kagem emerald mine in Lufwanyama, has announced updated figures to the end of December 2022 for the ‘G-Factor for Natural Resources’, a measure promoting greater transparency regarding the level of natural resource wealth shared with the governments of host countries, whether from the mining, oil, gas, timber or fishing sectors, launched in July 2021. 

Gemfields once again invites governance bodies, mining organisations, industry observers and host governments to adopt the G-Factor for Natural Resources in order to improve transparency when it comes to the share of natural resource wealth paid to a host country’s government. 

The G-Factor for Natural Resources is intended to be an uncomplicated indicator of the percentage of a natural resource company’s revenue that is paid to the host country government in primary and direct taxes, plus – where the host government is a shareholder – dividends. As such, it is an indicator of the share of natural resource wealth paid to a host country’s government. The G-Factor for Natural Resources takes its name from the “g’s” in “government”, “governance” and “good practice”. 

“Given the evolution of resource nationalism on the one hand, and increasing strategic competition by companies and states for access to resources on the other, it seems to us that a practical measure allowing more direct comparison of the sharing of natural resource wealth would assist greatly in identifying responsible custodians of host nations’ resources. We hope the G-Factor for Natural Resources will be voluntarily adopted by other companies, insisted upon by host governments and incorporated into projects such as EITI” said Sean Gilbertson, Kagem and Gemfields CEO. 

G-Factor for Natural Resources computations for Kagem emerald mine in Zambia, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Zambian Government’s Industrial Development Corporation, is set out below:   

Kagem Mining Limited (Zambia), USD million G-Factor (1 Year) 2022 G-Factor (5 Years) 2018-2022 G-Factor (10 Years) 2013-2022 G-Factor (since Gemfields acquired 75%) 2008-2022 
Mineral Royalties Paid 11.5 25.3 50.9 56.4 
Corporation Tax Paid 13.3 25.0 72.4 81.5 
(C) Dividends to Government (if applicable) 1.5 1.5 14.0 14.0 
(D) Total Revenue 153.3 421.3 726.3 872.3 
G-Factor, being (A+B+C)/D 17% 12% 19% 17% 
NOTES: All figures for 2022 are unaudited. Gemfields acquired a 75% interest in Kagem in 2008. 

Source: Langmead & Baker Ltd

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