Mining for Change

Mining for Change

Already setting the gold standard for economic development in Africa, Ethiopia now looks to be adding a new type of gilt to its metaphorical crown: actual gold, as well as a host of other mineral resources.

According to a published statement by Ethiopia's Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Motuma Mekassa, the country has narrowed in on the mining sector as a major development priority moving forward. For though rich in minerals - from gold and gemstones to platinum, coal and soda ash - Ethiopia has historically relied on its agricultural sector; currently, agriculture accounts for 46 percent of gross domestic product, 80 percent of employment and 85 percent of export revenues. By 2025, however, the country hopes to increase the mining sector's contributi...

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