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MALI’S transitional government signed into law this week a new state-owned mining company, part of the government’s bid to increase revenues from the mining industry, a key engine of the West African country’s economy.
The company, Société de Recherche et d’Exploitation Minière du Mali (Sorem SA), will be fully funded by the state and will aim to explore and develop mines, officials said.
The officials did not detail how much funding the state was giving Sorem, nor which mine projects the company was likely to focus on.
‘The Malian state is going to enter the mining sector, there is space for everyone,’ mines ministry secretary-general Soussourou Dembelé told Reuters by telephone.
Multinational mining companies including Barrick Gold , B2GOLD, Resolute Mining, Endeavour Mining, and Hummingbird Resources have subsidiaries mining gold in Mali, one of Africa’s biggest gold producers.
By law, the Malian state holds stakes of between 10 percent and 20 percent in those subsidiaries.
‘For the mines that will be developed by Sorem, the state will get 100 percent of the benefits,’ Souleymane Gueye, president of the legal commission of Mali’s transitional government, said on state radio on Friday.