The mining sector an opportunity for growth in africa

published in January 2011
To what extent can the mining sector contribute to Africa’s sustainable development? What are the impacts of mineral exploration and extraction projects? How can the mining industry contribute to local economic growth and poverty reduction?
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Often considered as being on the sidelines of globalization, Africa has during the 2000s benefited from continuously increasing investment and become a fully-fledged player as a result of the boom in the mining sector. Growth in demand for mineral resources coming from emerging countries has transformed Africa, which previously received little attention from the investment community, into an El Dorado for small and major mining companies in Europe, North America, and of course, China.
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