US looks to Africa to diversify supply chain for critical minerals

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2022 16:54

A mine employee shows a piece of copper ore at the Kilembe mines, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, 497km (309 miles) west of Uganda's capital Kampala, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/James Akena

The US is turning to Africa in its quest to diversify the supply chain for the strategic minerals critical to the green energy revolution.

Increasingly concerned over their vulnerability to China and Russia, Western powers and their allies banded together this spring to ensure that critical minerals are mined and processed in a way that promotes high environmental, social and governance standards. Launched at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto this June, the Minerals Security Partnership brings together the US, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and the European Commission.