Why West Africa, Why now?
Opportunities for growth: The mining sector has been identified by most countries in the region as a potential catalyst for economic development, and there is a determined effort to attract foreign direct investment:
West Africa countries export minerals worth US$ 16.1 BN per annum
AngloGold Ashanti, plans to spend this to reopen its Obuasi gold mine in Ghana
Societe Miniere de Boke, signs agreement with Guinea to construct a railway, aluminium refinery and new bauxite mines
Chalco, is developing its Boffa bauxite mine in Guinea
Perseus Mining, which achieved commercial production at its Sissingue gold mine in Ivory Coast