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Ghana is the 2nd largest producer of gold in Sub-Saharan Africa - holding 70% of all the gold in West Africa - and the 7th largest gold producer in the world. It has an estimated $200 billion of gold in Ashanti Belt or $1.5 million per 8 acres. Gold production is on the rise with more investments expected to be poured into the country with at least USD15 billion invested in the mining sector since 1983. As of December 2014, 265 local and foreign companies held prospecting/reconnaissance licenses with around 70% controlled by local Ghanaian. Many of the companies holding exploration licences are focusing on gold exploration currently with thirteen (13) mines in active production. Employs over 25,000 people for large scale mining and estimated over 1 million people for small scale mining.
Burkina Faso is the 4th largest producer of gold in Africa, with the 3rd largest gold mining site on the continent. It has attracted 17 mining operators, extracting mostly gold resources and has commissioned eight new mines over the last 6 years.
Nigeria is back on the mining map with current exploration results indicating over a trillion tonnes of coal and rare earth metals such as lanthanum, cerium, neodymium and yttrium, as well as oil sands. Its Government attempts to meet mining targets with concessions offered for the exploration of reserves and to raise incentives for non-crude revenue. This is supported by up to 95% waiver on customs and import duties for mining equipment and tax holidays of 3 to 5 years. A rail network is expected to support and stimulate mining activities.
Sierra Leone is rich in rutile, diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore and limonite. Diamond fields cover 7700 square miles(approx. a quarter of the country). Kimberlites, the primary host rocks for diamonds, have been discovered with reserves estimated at 6.3 million carats down to a depth of 600m at Koidu and 3.2 million carats to a depth of 600m at Tongo. Feasibility studies indicated a mineable bauxite deposit with reserves of over 100 million tons out of which 77.3 million tons of bauxite have been proved. Sierra Leone has the largest natural rutile reserves in the world and was previously the largest producer of natural rutile worldwide, accounting for a third of the total world production.
Mali is the 3rd largest gold producer in Africa, also possessing substantial deposits of iron, phosphate, marble, granite. It is in the top 10 of highest grade open-pit gold and has the reputation of having the lowest production costs in the region when it comes to gold. Mali is commited to mining reforms that will soften fiscal terms while pushing social performance
Liberia mining sector is set for rapid growth. Mineral commodities produced included cement, diamond and gold. Liberia’s undeveloped mineral resources included base metals, such as cobalt, lead, manganese, nickel, and tin, and industrial minerals such as dolorite, granite, ilmenite, kyanite, phosphate rock, rutile, silica sand and sulfur.
Niger's portfolio comprises some of the world's most-prized minerals, including gold and significant reserves of uranium, providing 7.5% of world output from Africa’s highest grade uranium ores. Uranium mining recently experienced expansion, partly due to revisions of Niger's mining laws that increased incentives for foreign investors.
Ivory Coast has the largest share of greenstone belts prospective for gold in West Africa and aims to triple gold production in the next 4 years. With investments from China, it plans to quadruple manganese production by 2017.
Gabon potential discoveries of deposits concern mostly manganese, iron, gold, phosphates and talc It is currently the world’s third producer of manganese behind South Africa and Australia. The government adopted a National Master Plan for Infrastructures with an investment budget of USD21 billion until 2026. New mining code will include provisions for an investor friendly tax regime, simplified procedures for granting of permits and establishment of a mining cadastre.
Guinea is set to become one of the world's largest iron ore producers, with iron ore production expected to expand to over 115 mntpa by 2016. Guinea's bauxite sector is also set to grow significantly, and is likely to propel the country to become the world's 3rd largest bauxite miner
Cameroon has embarked on an extensive airborne, geophysical survey to map out the unexplored mineral potential of the country. This is through a one and a half-year project (January 2014 to June 2015) code-named "Airborne Geophysical Survey Campaign" to cover a surface area of 187,200 square kilometers in the North, Adamawa, East, West, Littoral and Centre Regions. There is insufficient knowledge on the mineral potentials of about 60% of the country.
Democratic Republic of Congo DRC is among the world’s largest producers of cobalt, copper, diamonds, tantalum and tin. It holds almost half of the world’s cobalt reserves. New mines are coming into production and existing ones are increasing capacity.
Republic of Congo has some of the largest iron ore deposits in the region with new port infrastructures near Pointe-North increasing the capacity to produce dry export ores. It is slated to be one of the top global producers of phosphate and has one of the lowest cost for potash production. The mining code offers attractive terms and establishes a clear regime from exploration and exploitation agreements.
Senegal is diversifying to explore and exploit its gold, iron ore, uranium, copper, zircon and titanium. It is historically a phosphate producer and is set to become one of the top producers globally after confirmation of deposits in the North Eastern Basin.
Central Africa Republic was ranked 14th among the world's leading producers of rough diamond and exploitation has so far been done mostly through artisanal methods. Clay, gold, and sand and gravel were also produced. Undeveloped mineral resources included copper, graphite, ilmenite, iron ore, kyanite, lignite, manganese, monazite, quartz, rutile, salt, tin, and uranium.
Angola mining industry to be worth $7.5bn by 2018 growing at an average rate of 5.3% a year. Diamonds, copper, manganese, gold, phosphates, granite, marble, uranium, quartz, lead, zinc, wolfram, tin, fluorite, sulfur, feldspar, silver, kaolin, mica, asphalt, gypsum, oil and talc. Ninety percent of kimberlite diamonds remain to be discovered with less than half the country explored.
Equatorial Guinea mainly has gold, diamonds, columbo-tantalite, bauxite potential platinum-group and base metals. The government has conducted positive preliminary explorations and is now keenly promoting the country’s mining potential to attract investors.
Mauritania has iron, cement, copper, gold, gypsum and steel as key minerals. It was amongst the top largest producer of iron ore in Africa and export infrastructure such as rail and water is set to boost the mining sector with at least 2-3bn tonnes of good iron ore, magnetite, discovered and awaiting production.
Chad is highly prospective for gold, nickel, bauxite, uranium, silver and alluvial diamonds and has set out a strategy to develop its mining sector and to map out an official mineral resource inventory. Active gold mining centres, especially in the Tibesti region are utilising artisanal mining techniques and the government is keen to revamp the mining code to attract more investors.
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