Simandou is our flagship in Africa - Rio Tinto

Alan Davies, Rio Tinto's chief executive in charge of diamonds and minerals. Photo©Rio TintoOn 26 May, mining giant Rio Tinto's chief executive in charge of diamonds and minerals was in Conakry with the Aluminium Corporation of China and the International Finance Corporation to sign the Simandou iron-ore project's investment framework. In an interview with sister publication Jeune Afrique, Alan Davies talked about the challenges the company has faced in order to carry out the continent's largest iron-ore project.

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Ebola: Where's the education?

Ghana has been urged to take leaf off Nigeria's book and educate its citizens about Ebola.

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Guinea mine scandal: Frenchman jailed in the US

A former adviser to mining giant BSG Resources was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a criminal probe in connection with a bribery investigation in Guinea.

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Russia's Rusal starts Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea

Photo©ReutersRussia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, has launched the Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

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ECOWAS ministers concerned about vast unmanned borders but vow to contain Ebola outbreak

Photo©ReutersWest African health ministers have agreed a coordinated approach to tackle the increasing cases of ebola in the region.

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From (cold) poultry war to land grabs

No amount of clucking will keep Brazilian chickens off African shelves. Photo©ORLANDO KISSNER/AFPBrazilian companies and African actors do not always see the arrival of new investors in the same light.

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Guinea hopes for first iron ore from Simandou in 2018

Photo©ReutersGuinea said on Wednesday it hopes a new deal signed with Rio Tinto and Chinalco will allow the giant Simandou iron ore mine to start production in 2018 after it set the conditions for $20 billion of investment.

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Guinea signs framework deal with Rio, Chinalco for $20 bn project

The project requires the construction of a 650-km railway. Photo©ReutersGuinea signed a deal with Rio Tinto, Chinalco and the International Finance Corporation on Monday, setting out conditions for massive infrastructure investment to revive the giant $20 billion Simandou iron ore project.

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Anansi - Wannabe whistleblowers and tit-for-tat tantrums

Anansi spares no blushes with its intrepid reporter revealing the goings-on in the world of African business and politics. This month, we turn the spotlight on wannabe social media 'whistleblowers' in Nigeria, billionaire Beny Steinmetz in Guinea, tit-for-tat tantrums in Rwanda and South Africa plus South Sudan inching ever further from peace.

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Mining code shifts across Africa

Photo©ReutersA number of countries are reassessing their mining codes in the hope of getting more value out of their natural resources.

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ArcelorMittal will share Liberia iron ore rail with Guinea miners: Liberia fin min

File Photo©ReutersArcelorMittal will have to share the Liberian rail line it is using to export iron ore with Sable Mining and others miners in Guinea who request access, Liberia's finance minister Amara Konneh said on Wednesday.

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Row over vast iron deposit looms over Guinea's bid to woo Gulf investors

A bitter row with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz over an iron ore licence risks complicating Guinea's efforts to persuade deep-pocketed Gulf investors to commit the cash needed to get the country's economy moving.

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Guinea's legislative poll conflict

critics say voting was flawed. Photo©EMILLIE REGNiER FOR JAVoting irregularities are under scrutiny as the country awaits Matoto results.

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Resource Financing: Explorers left looking for cash

Nordgold opened its Bissa gold mine in January. Photo©NorgoldConcerns about metal prices and the end of quantitative easing caused a slump in mining financing in the second quarter of 2013.

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Mining: African governments fight multinationals

A Senegalese legal victory against steel giant ArcelorMittal at the international chamber of commerce in Paris in September has blown an unusual legal breeze through the African resource sector.

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African Union and the ICC: Standing for human rights or against?

African countries have actively supported the ICC and nominated Africans to the positions of ICC judges including the current ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda from GambiaPoliticians stoked the inter-ethnic violence that engulfed Kenya following the disputed Presidential election result in December 2007. Today, it is politicians who seek to take African countries out of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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Morocco: Yes, We Plan

Photos©A. SENNA/REA; R. KLUBA/SIGNATURES; V. FOURNIER/JA; LUDOVIC/REA; A. SENNA/AFP; A. DUPEYRON; FOTOLIAThe government is squaring the circle of state planning with market dynamics. This fresh version of the developmental state tries to deliver jobs and low-cost housing without removing incentives for the private sector. A new generation of Moroccan companies will put this approach to the test.

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Guinea's high-risk elections

Opposition supporters in guinea have said they will return to the streets as often as it takes to get fair elections/Photo©CELLOU BINANI/AFPPlanned for 30 June, legislative elections are a cause of heightened tensions between the government and the opposition.

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African Unity at 50 years

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma & Kwame Nkrumah © Photos - MARLENE AWAAD/IP3/AKG-IMAGES/ARCHIVES JA & UN/AP/REUTERSAttendees at the OAU summit in 1963 did not agree on many things, but they united to ensure that all Africans could be free.

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West Africa, from transit to production of illicit drugs

PHOTO©ISSOUF SANOGO/AFPWest Africa has found a new niche in the international drug trade.

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