MAC/20: Mines and Communities

African Roundup

Published by MAC on 2006-06-26

African roundup

26th June 2006

Losing value (and lives) in Africa

Despite (or because of )its recent huge expansion, gold mining in Tanzania accounts for little more than 2% of GDP.

Now legislators are demanding better profit sharing arrangements and fuller accountability to the communities where mines are located.

But -as reflected in tesimony at this year's international conference of theAfrican Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES) - this will be far from an easy, or merely economic, task.

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