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Mining in Mali: balancing prospects and problems

Already a significant gold producer, Mali’s mining sector is poised for further growth after the country’s Chamber of Mines recently tripled estimates of the country’s bauxite reserves, following several new discoveries. This is good news for Mali and miners alike; yet it’s not all positive. Mali’s mining sector faces many challenges ahead – including ending child labour and improving transparency – if it is to truly prosper from its natural resources. Heidi Vella investigates.

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