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Africa Brief: Standard Bank expands in Africa, IMF urges Sudan to set aside more for the needy and more
Standard Bank opened a representative office in Cote d’lvoire yesterday, taking its footprint to 19 African countries. The representative office, based in Abidjan, “signifies a deliberate drive by Standard Bank into the West Francophone Africa region”, it said.
Nigeria is known for it’s vast natural wealth, with majority of the country’s foreign exchange income and government revenue stemming from oil. With the recent announcement that Africa’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote, has signed a deal to finance the building of Africa’s largest oil refinery in Nigeria, all eyes are on the region’s mining sector.
On 25 July 2013, Southern Africa Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAZACCI), in collaboration with Africa Exchange, hosted a successful Business Symposium on Zambia’s energy and mining sector, addressing the opportunities for investors. The Business symposium attracted an audience of more than 150 potential investors. It was held at the Wanooka Place Auditorium at KPMG’s Head office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Zimbabwe’s government is preparing a law that would allow it to seize controlling stakes in companies without compensation, according to a draft of the legislation. The law would be an amendment to a 2007 act that compels foreign and white-owned companies to sell or cede 51 percent of their shares to black nationals or state-approved agencies.
Anglo Gold Ashanti, the world’s third-biggest gold producer, and its partner, Stratex International, are expected to begin drilling for the metal in Djibouti in September, an energy ministry official has said. The companies, which obtained 10 exploration licences in the Horn of Africa country.
The future of mining in Ghana is dependent on the short- to medium- term outlook of the gold price, which will determine whether gold miners in the country are successful, and the government initiatives around tax reforms that have the potential to seriously affect the growth of the industry.
Ghana has been viewed as an investor-friendly mining destination in the past, but this perception may be challenged, says KPMG energy and natural resources advisory practice director and Mining in Africa services head, Ian Kramer.
A KPMG survey entitled Responses to the Climate Change Debate: KPMG Mining Industry Survey covered North America, the Asia Pacific region, Africa, the Middle East, and South America.
Ian Kramer, Director and Head of Mining in Africa for KPMG, says that the report found that less than 20% of global mining sector players believe that climate change is a significant driver for new initiatives in their organisation, with almost 50% of the sector reporting that their organisations had not quantified the potential cost of climate change into their business.
According to mining in Africa director, Ian Kramer, there will be significant opportunities and projects coming on stream in the African mining industry regardless of the decrease in demand experienced by various markets.
“Massive growth will be experienced in the next six months to a year and beyond – for example, investments in the coalfields in Mozambique, as well as the iron-ore market and existing and new investments in Guinea, but these may take longer than a year to come to fruition.”