Government says diamond trade is no longer a threat to fuel instability as civil war has ended and the Kimberley Process has backed the lifting of the embargo.
Officials from Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Liberia are meeting in London this week.
Gold miner Randgold Resources (NASDAQ:GOLD, LON:RRS)) cut its production guidance for its Tongon mine in Ivory Coast after a fire in the mill section of a plant.
Ivory Coast plans a windfall tax of 19 per cent on gold mine profits to share in the benefits from soaring world prices for the metal.
But South Africa's output continues to fall says the Economics Group’s.
Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM) is the one Australian mining major exposed to the greatest level of country risk with 63% of its assets situated in nation-states categorized as 'very high-risk' by analysts.
The Agbaou project in Côte d'Ivoire has entered the construction phase of development. The open pit mine is expected to produce 103,000 ounces of gold per year over 8 years
Endeavour Mining Corporation ("Endeavour" or the "Corporation") (TSX:EDV, ASX:EVR) is pleased to announce it met 2011 production targets with Q4 gold production of 24,010 ounces from its Nzema operations in Ghana and 21,586 ounces from its Youga operations in Burkina Faso. Total annual production for 2011 was 177,290 ounces of gold at a cash cost per ounce of $614 (excluding royalties), comprised of 90,026 ounces from Nzema and 87,264 ounces from Youga
Shares of Randgold Resources, a pure-play gold mining company focused on west and central Africa, soared 7.4% Wednesday after announcing third quarter production increased 80% and sales jumped to $309.6 million from only $116.3 a year ago.
Despite a once-off drop in gold sales from the previous quarter following instability at its Tongon mine in the Ivory Coast where it has been producing for one year and what it described as once in a century rainfall at its Loulo/Gounkoto operations in Mali, third-quarter income increased more than four-fold to $106.8 million.
The Ivory Coast’s gold production capacity will almost double to 13t a year by 2013, from its current annual output of 7t, according to the country’s energy and mines minister Adama Toungara. “We will be able to reach 13tpa by 2013 and 20tpa by
Newcrest Mining , one of the world's biggest listed gold miners, expects to resume gold production at its Bonikro mine in the Ivory Coast after a stabilisation of political and security situation in the country, it said on Tuesday.
The miner said the production impact had been around 8,000 ounces of gold per month. Newcrest suspended operations at Bonikro in late March.
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