Mali Approves Agribusiness at Morila

The government of Mali has approved Randgold Resources’ ambitious plans to develop an agribusiness at the Morila gold mine in southern Mali to replace mining with a sustainable economic activity after the mine closes in two years’ time. In a ceremony at Morila on October 8, Randgold Resources Chief Executive Mark Bristow stated that the project would support the government’s drive to reduce poverty by promoting the agricultural sector.

The Morila mine is located 280 kilometers (km) southeast of the Mali capital of Bamako and has produced more than 6 million ounces (oz) of gold since the start of production in 2000.

“Converting Morila’s infrastructure into a base for an agri-industrial zone will not only develop an alternative economy in this region but will also create a center of excellence for agriculture in Mali,” Bristow said. “Through its project partner, Songhai of Benin, Morila will work with these parties to attract businesses to Morila. It has been agreed to establish a nongovernmental organization (NGO) to be the main vehicle for this enterprise and work together with the local community, the regional council, and the former workers’ association.”

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