Mining

Cobalt Draws Reluctant Carmakers Back to a Wobbly DRC

EVcharging, cc Flickr Kārlis Dambrāns, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Spiking demand for cobalt is taking electric vehicle manufacturers to one of the riskiest operating environments in Africa.

Interview: PDAC’s Andrew Cheatle on the Canadian Mining Industry

Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director of PDAC

Geopoliticalmonitor.com sits down with Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

The DRC Sliding Back into Crisis

jkabila, cc Flickr MONUSCO Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

A simmering political crisis in the DRC risks civil war and disintegration in the long-suffering African state.

Canadian Miners on the Road to Accountability

Canadian Parliament, cc Kumar Appaiah, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Recent developments in Ottawa and the courts count as a step towards establishing a culture of accountability for Canadian mining companies operating abroad.

Amid Uncertainty, Miners Await New Regulations in Burkina Faso

Liquid Gold, cc Dan Brown Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The shutdown of Pan African Minerals’ manganese mine at Tambao has some mining companies on edge ahead of new regulations in Burkina Faso. Yet new laws could well be a boon for the industry.

Mongolia-Rio Tinto Impasse: Could it be Over?

cc Hochgeladen von Calapito, Rio Tinto Logo

Will the impasse between the Mongolian government and major mining firm Rio Tinto over the massive gold-copper Oyu Tolgoi mine finally be resolved, and as early as this month?

Map: Major Oil & Mineral Concessions in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s vast resource wealth is supposed to take over the reins of economic development when foreign aid dries up. But three of the biggest joint ventures in the country’s mineral and energy sectors suggest that this won’t be the case.

Mongolia: The Future of Eurasia?

cc Kok Leng Yeo, wikicommons

As Vladimir Putin fights ferociously to keep Western institutions out of former Soviet states in Eastern Europe, mineral-rich Mongolia on Russia’s southeast border faces a similar dilemma with different actors.

South African Government Keeps Mining Industry on Edge

cc wikicommons

All of South Africa’s political ills are weakening its position at the bargaining table, and may cost it billions in rand in the end.

Greenland Polls Yield No Clear Direction on Mining

Greenland CC Flickr Kitty Terwolbeck

Last week’s election result has brought more questions than answers concerning the future of Greenland’s mining industry.

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