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Uganda looking for mining investors as price of Copper hits record high

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The Ministry of Finance and Mining Uganda said on Tuesday that it was inviting investors who are interested in mining within and outside the county to revive a vast copper mine in the country’s west that also holds significant cobalt deposits.

The ministry made the disclosure in a joint statement, noting that the government was open to partnership with the private sector to revive mining.

“We have invited companies to express their interest in partnering with the government through a mineral production sharing agreement,”

“The redevelopment of Kilembe Mines will have a catalytic effect of facilitating industrialization, offer significant employment opportunities and increase revenue.”

The Kilembe Mines is Uganda’s largest copper mine, with estimated deposits of copper in excess of 4,000,000 tonnes and an undetermined amount of cobalt ore. In addition, there are approximately 2,800 acres (1,100 ha), of unexplored acreage at the site.

Since the beginning of 2022, the price of Copper has hit a record height and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is eager to expand the exploration of the country’s mineral wealth – which includes gold, base metals, uranium, rare piles of earth, iron, titanium, vermiculite, and diamonds – to help boost growth.

The mine began operations in 1950 and there are an estimated four million tonnes of copper ore beneath the mountains of Kilembe, located about 380 kilometers southwest of Kampala. The firm however collapsed in 1982 as the Ugandans who were put in charge of the new parastatal, Kilembe Mines Ltd, did not have the required expertise to run it.

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AfreximBank to train African companies under AfCFTA

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The African Export-Import Bank declared that it would begin a programme of capacity building to enable African companies to capitalize on the advantages of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The continental bank said in a statement on Wednesday that its academy will oversee the capacity-building initiative in coordination with the AfCFTA Secretariat.

With 54 of the 55 members of the African Union signing the AfCFTA, the number of participating countries makes it the largest free trade area in the world.

According to Afreximbank, the American University in Cairo will work with them to offer the training, slated to take place in September in Cairo, Egypt.

The bank declared that it will concentrate on the AfCFTA’s commercial ramifications and the many opportunities it offers African businesses.

“Afreximbank is a key supporter of the implementation of the AfCFTA, whose focus is on transforming Africa from a fractured, commodity-dependent group of economies to a vibrant, integrated single market of about two billion people with a combined GDP of about $3.4tn,” said Dr. Yemi Kale, Group Chief Economist and Managing Director of Research at Afreximbank, in response to the program.

“In this regard, we believe that well-informed and prepared businesses are key to driving intra- and extra-African trade and investment. Through this training program, which is one of the numerous capacity-building initiatives the Bank has put in place to promote intra- and extra-African trade and investments, we aim to empower African businesses to fully exploit the vast opportunities created by the AfCFTA, thereby enhancing their competitiveness and contributing to sustainable economic growth in Africa.”

Additionally, Tsotetsi Makong, Head of Capacity Building and Technical Assistance at the AfCFTA Secretariat, emphasized the significance of capacity building for the AfCFTA’s successful implementation.

Makong said, “Investing in capacity building for the corporates and SMEs will ensure that home-sourced investments are mobilised and deficits with third country markets reduced, proving the AfCFTA to be the single most important instrument that de-risks the African continent in its entirety when it comes to investments.”

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Ghana: Inflation decreases to 22.8%

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According to the statistics office, Ghana’s consumer inflation decreased for a third straight month in June, falling from 23.1% in May to 22.8% year over year.

Samuel Kobina Annim, a government statistician, stated at a press conference that the June inflation was mostly caused by a decrease in non-food inflation, which fell to 21.6%, sufficient to offset a rise in food inflation.

The West African nation that produces oil, gold, and cocoa is struggling to recover from a financial catastrophe.

Last week, it overcame a significant obstacle to restructure its foreign obligations when its official creditors verified that the suggested debt rework was not unduly advantageous to bondholders.

In Ghana, the rate of inflation was approximately 9.98 per cent higher than the previous year. By 2029, inflation in Ghana is expected to have dropped to 8% from its peak of about 17.5% in 2016.

Economists say that a stable economy of a nation should aim for a constant inflation rate of two to three per cent. The rise in consumer goods and services prices over a specific period is known as inflation.

Excessive money supply is often the cause of high inflation rates, which can lead to hyperinflation—that is, inflation that happens too quickly and swiftly, devaluing currency and even triggering a recession or even an economic collapse.

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