Friday, May 2, 2014

2011 Africa - Investment Destination for Miners - Part III: West African Countries


2011 Africa - Investment Destination for Miners - Part III: West African Countries

It is impossible within the Blog framework constrains to describe all the feature of mining investments in West Africa. To this point, I would like to recommend two valuable sources:
USAID Property Rights and Resource Governance: Information Portalon this page one may find a detailed information source on the mineral property rights in many countries of the world, including West Africa. combines the expertise of the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and a network of African think tanks and research centers. The profiles of 50 African countries may be found here

Recent legal developments in the mining sector of West African statesmostly discusses ECOWAS (The Economic Community of West African States) initiatives in legal mining issues.

Now, let have a very brief outlook of certain West African states with relevant useful links:
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is recognized by many explorers to be the “Darling of West Africa.”  Major minerals include: gold, manganese, zinc.
Ghana - Africa’s second largest gold producer after South Africa. It also has: manganese ore, bauxite and diamonds.
Liberia is one of the most unexplored countries in the world. It has: gold, diamonds, iron ore, nickel, manganese, palladium, platinum, uranium, barites, kysnite, phosphate, clays, heavy mineral beach sands, bauxite and manganese.
Mali is one of Africa’s largest gold producer - representing 95% of the country’s mineral production. Apart from gold. Other minerals include: bauxite, iron ore, base metals and phosphate deposits, uranium-silver.
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is rich in mineral resources: diamonds, gold, bauxite, rutile, and iron ore
Mainly known for its phosphate deposits, but also has: gold, zircon, titanium, iron ore, marble, uranium, copper and chromium industrial limestone, attapulgite, peat and natural gas.

That completes a brief overview of mining opportunities for investments in West Africa

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