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Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leone supplement in Mining Journal launched

The Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources in collaboration with JIC media on Thursday 15th November 2018 launched the fourth supplement to Mining Journal magazine on Sierra Leone at the Miatta Conference hall. It is a 26-page, glossy supplement dedicated to showcasing and public relations around the mineral potential in Sierra Leone. The magazine is produced by Aspermont Media in the UK. The chair of the launch, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines, Brima Sowa, said over the years the sector has suffered from a lack of accountability and transparency amongst many other challenges. He added the journal will create the necessary awareness in the mining sector. According to the Director General of National Minerals Agency, Sahr Wonday, “Publication of this supplement marks another milestone in our effort to promote the development of the mineral sector by attracting credible foreign direct investment.” He furthered, “Our mineral deposits represent major opportunities for both potential investors and the country to derive significant benefits. However, to fully realize these benefits, we need to have knowledge of the full range of minerals we have in Sierra Leone. He said the supplement will be an effective channel for communicating with the global mining community that Sierra Leone is the right destination for mining investment. “The mining sector has been the backbone of Sierra Leone’s economy since mining started in the 1930. In recent years and prior to the steep decline in iron ore price, mining revenue as percentage of NRA revenue was around 20%. While launching the journal, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Evelyn Blackie, said the exploration results show several mineral deposits around the country including gold, bauxite and rutile, while production of bauxite, rutile, diamond and gold continues; several exploration operations are on-going to determine mineral deposit elsewhere. She said, “We are pursuing policies and programs aimed at making Sierra Leone an even more attractive destination for mining investment.” While giving a voting of thanks, the consultant of JIC media, Kelvin Anderson, said this is the fourth journal they are releasing, noting the previous editions were in 2003, 2006 and 2013. He pointed out that they have also produced other journals for Sierra Leone such as the financial times. The program ended with the distribution of awards to mining companies that have contributed immensely towards the economy of the country.

MJB/15/11/18

By Mohamed J. Bah

Friday November 16, 2018.

 

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