President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa will attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Bikita Minerals Spodumene Project in Bikita, Masvingo tomorrow at 0930hrs.

Bikita Minerals is investing about US$200 million in the construction of a new spodumene (chemical grade-lithium) processing plant and the expansion of its existing petalite (technical grade-lithium) processing plant.

Zimbabwe is targeting US$500 million from lithium exports by next year as the country moves closer to the target of a US$12 billion mining industry by 2023.

Meanwhile, minerals are Zimbabwe’s main foreign currency earners.

However, cases of smuggling have undermined the country’s potential to flourish from its vast arrays of minerals.