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Central Africa Mining Report Q2 2014

  • February 2014
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 81 pages

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Central Africa's mining sector is set to follow much of the continent by developing its substantial mineral
wealth. The region is still far from achieving its full potential, but these recent developments could indicate
a changing tide for these three countries and indicate that the mining sector is set for sustained lift-off.
However, many of the issues that have held back the region from achieving its potential for much of its
history remain. Political risk and a lack of adequate infrastructure are the most pressing concerns, and while
there are some efforts to address these problems, a lot more needs to be done if the region is not going to be
considered 'frontier' for many years to come.
Like that of much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Africa's iron ore mining sector remains at the early stages
of development, having lain dormant since the region's independence. In the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC), foreign firms have been showing interest in developing the country's considerable resources.
With growing interest in Africa's largely untapped iron ore resources, the DRC's considerable deposits of
the mineral have fallen under the gaze of international mining firms.

Table Of Contents

Central Africa Mining Report Q2 2014
BMI Industry View 7
Ore To Play For 7
Key Players 8
Industry Forecast 11
Cameroon Iron Ore: Companies Plough Into Mineral Wealth 11
Table: Cameroon - Key Mining Projects 13
Infrastructure Risks Linger 13
Republic of Congo Iron Ore: Joining The Regional Boom 14
Table: Largest Iron Ore Projects 16
China and Infrastructure Present Risks 16
Republic of Congo: Output To Double, Substantial Risks Remain 16
Higher Grade Deposits Give Further Attention 17
Table: DRC - Largest Copper Expansion Plans 18
Plethora Of Risks Await Investors 18
Infrastructure Impediments To Lessen 19
Table: DRC - Copper Production ('000 tonnes, unless stated otherwise) 20
Republic of Congo: Boom Times Ahead For Gold Sector 20
Political Risk To Remain A Major Risk 21
Table: Democratic Republic of Congo - Gold Production and % Change 22
Industry Risk Reward Ratings 23
Risk/Reward Ratings 23
Lower Gold Prices Reduce Rewards 23
Table: Africa - Mining Risk/Reward Ratings 24
Reduced Rewards For Copper Mining 24
Mixed Rankings For West Africa 25
Substantial Rewards In Southern Africa 25
Lack Of Uniformity In Regulatory Development 26
Political and Infrastructure Risks Lurk 27
Country Highlights 28
South Africa: Deteriorating Environment For Mining Companies 28
Mozambique: Mining Sector Set To Boom 29
Botswana: All Round Outperformer 29
Market Overview 30
Regulatory Development 32
Congo and Cameroon: Uncertainty, But Signs Of Promise 33
Table: Africa - Regulatory Outlook 33
Commodities Forecast 35
Commodity Strategy 35
Steel: Locked In Secular Downtrend 37
Aluminium: US$1,800/tonne To Provide Strong Support 37
Copper: Bearish View In Place Despite Some Recovery 38
Nickel: Despite Recent Gains, Downside Risks Dominate 40
Zinc: Channelling Support 42
Table: Select Commodities - Performance and BMI forecasts 43
Table: BMI Commodities Strategy 44
Competitive Landscape 45
Table: Comparative Metrics 46
Company Profile 47
Randgold Resources 47
Table: Randgold Resources - Financial Results 50
MMG Limited 51
Table: MMG Limited - Key Financial Data 56
Regional Overview 57
Africa Overview 57
Key Opportunities 57
1 Asian Investment Inflows To Continue 57
2 Iron Ore Production In West Africa To Boom 58
3 Southern Africa To Become A Key Coal Exporter 59
Key Challenges 60
1 Gold Crunch To Gain Traction 60
2 Lack Of Infrastructure A Major Hurdle 61
3 Regulatory Environment In Flux 62
Table: Africa - Key Mining Regulatory Developments 63
Global Industry Overview 64
Methodology 76
Industry Forecast Methodology 76
Sources 77
Risk/Reward Rating Methodology 78
Table: Mining Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators 79
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 80

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