The Ivory Coast produced 6.94t of gold in 2009 compared to 2.87t of output in 2008.

This marks a 142% increase from last year’s figure.

The output will further increase as a Randgold Resources’ mine, located in Ivory Coast’s north, starts operations, according to Reuters.

The Ivory Coast is looking for a high revenue return from gold mining which will allow the company to diversify its economy away from oil and cocoa, in which it grows 40% of global supply.