Mining in Africa - A Legal Overview

Globalisation is changing the way we do business. Wherever you are in the world, it is becoming possible to compete in an integrated international market.

This is especially true in the mining sector where the commodities, capital and expertise are now routinely sourced from different jurisdictions.

The ability to do business across borders is no longer optional. It poses challenges including regional, cultural, economic and political issues and differences. As well as diverse regulatory regimes, there is an emerging overlay of voluntary international norms.

The mineral wealth of the African continent makes it a critical region for the mining sector. With the recovery of commodity prices and the return of capital, there are emerging opportunities. We will continue to see new commodity supply chains develop in Africa as consumers, particularly in Asia, seek to challenge the monopolies in established mining jurisdictions.

DLA Piper is proud to release Mining in Africa - A Legal Overview. This publication seeks to provide a high-level snapshot of the mining industry and regulatory framework across 32 African jurisdictions as well as sector insights and our firm's extensive track-record in Africa. We hope this publication will serve as a first point of reference for mining sector participants acquiring projects or commencing business in new jurisdictions in Africa.


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