Country Snapshot

October 2018
Country snapshot: Chile
[caption id="attachment_14291" align="alignright" width="388"] Key facts: Chile.[/caption] A prosperous and politically stable nation, Chile enjoys abundant natural resources and is the world's largest producer of copper Chile is a country of nearly 18 million people that occupies a narrow stretch of land running down the west coast of South America. Its neighbours are Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and the country is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, with the Drake Passage to Read More
February 2017
Country Snapshot: Mining in Kazakhstan
The introduction of a new mining code in 2018 will make Kazakhstan a more attractive destination for foreign miners A wealth of minerals provides significant opportunities Kazakhstan’s vast mineral reserves and remarkable variety of minerals (over 60 of the 105 elements in Mendeleev’s periodic table can be found in the country) make it one of the most attractive emerging markets for mining investment. As of 2013, Kazakhstan was the: world’s leading uranium producer (accounting for Read More
December 2016
Country Snapshot: Mining in Peru
Peru is an increasingly attractive mining destination due to its considerable mineral reserves and favourable regulatory environment. The country has a well-established mining industry and is one of the world’s largest producers of base and precious metals. Strengths As of 2013, Peru was the: second-largest producer of silver (accounting for approximately 17 per cent of world supply) third-largest producer of copper (~7 per cent), tin (~10 per cent) and zinc (~10 per cent) Read More
October 2016
Region Snapshot: Mining in West Africa
West Africa has significant potential to capitalise on its natural resources and further develop its mining industry The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) comprises 15 member countries. According to the ECOWAS website, the countries form a ‘regional group with a mandate of promoting integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries’ (ECOWAS, 2016). In 2016, the ECOWAS countries had an estimated population of 345 million people and a combined GDP of Read More
June 2016
Is Myanmar about to experience an exploration boom?
Production, potential and geopolitics in an important new minerals search space Myanmar (Burma) has recently appeared on the radar following the media coverage of its crucial November 2015 elections. This unprecedented democratic process resulted in a stunning victory for Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy (NLD) party, and led to The Economist naming Myanmar as its ‘most favoured nation’ for 2016 (‘Most Favoured Nation’, 2015). [caption id="attachment_7414" Read More