Country Snapshot

February 2019
Country Snapshot: South Africa
A well-known mining nation with a significant mineral endowment, rising costs, decreased commodity prices and political uncertainty are major barriers to South Africa's once world-leading levels of production [caption id="attachment_14921" align="alignright" width="359"] South Africa - key facts.[/caption] South Africa is home to more than 50 million people and has a well-established large-scale mining industry dating back to the 19th century. Despite the mining industry bringing in Read More
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
August 2018
Country Snapshot: Ecuador
Despite ongoing challenges surrounding small-scale illegal mining operations, Ecuador has potential to see more authorised large-scale mining activity as the government works to attract companies to the mostly unexplored country Ecuador sits on the equator on the western coast of South America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Colombia and Peru. It is desirably situated within the Andes, with known high-value mineral resources including antimony, iron ore, silver and world-class deposits Read More
February 2018
Country Snapshot: Brazil
Brazil is a global player in the resources sector, and the country’s mines produce and export some of the world’s highest quality iron ore Brazil is a federal republic of 26 states and is the largest country in South America by both population and land area. It features a coastline of more than 7000 km in length along the Atlantic Ocean, and the country houses much of the Amazon River basin. Brazil’s official language is Portuguese, and the country was named after the brazilwood tree Read More
December 2017
Country Snapshot: New Zealand
The resources sector of New Zealand is one of the nation’s oldest industries and the country has notable natural resource endowments A geographically isolated country, New Zealand sits in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and includes two main islands – the North Island, which is divided by mountain ranges surrounding an active volcanic and thermal centre; and the South Island, which contains mountains, fjords and the towering Southern Alps. Around three-quarters of New Zealand’s 4.8 Read More
June 2017
Country Snapshot: Sweden
A strong historical association with mining and a positive outlook mean that the minerals industry will continue to be an important part of Sweden's economy for the foreseeable future Sweden has long been associated with mining. The Falun copper mine operated for more than 1000 years before closing in 1992, and is now a popular tourist attraction. Sweden's rich mining history continues today, and the country is one of the leading ore producers in the European Union. Overview Sweden Read More