Sawiris in talks to buy 51% stake in Egypt state-owned mining firm

Naguib Sawiris. (Image from Sawiris Twitter feed)

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said on Sunday that he was holding talks to acquire a 51% stake in the state-owned Shalateen mining company.

Sawiris chairs private gold mining group La Mancha and had said that he intended to invest in gold and copper mining in Egypt if investment conditions improved.

Egypt in January issued new regulations that appeared to eliminate the need for mining companies to form joint ventures with the government and to limit state royalties to a maximum of 20%.

(By Ehab Farouk and Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Jane Merriman)

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