The Government of Burundi has opened a new nickel mine in the Musongati region of the country.

The Burundi Musongati Mining operation (BMM) will be jointly mined by Burundi Mining Metallurgy International and the Burundi Government.

Burundi second vice-president Dr Gervais Rufyikiri said: "The launch of the mining activities is an eloquent sign of peace recovered and stability.

"Burundi is among the ten countries in the world that have important deposits of nickel untapped." 

"The nickel deposits also exist in Nyabikere and Waga, but the most important deposit is the one of Musongati.

"Burundi is among the ten countries in the world that have important deposits of nickel untapped, according to the study commissioned by the African Development Bank in 2009."

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The government aims to use revenue generated from the mine to implement projects, develop programmes and reduce poverty in the country.

According to BMM International managing director Danko Konchar, the nickel deposits in Musongati were first discovered in 1972 by the Burundian Government with financial support from the World Bank and UNDP.

Other metal such as iron, copper, cobalt and platinum have also been discovered during the studies.