Uganda announced that it had discovered 31 million metric tons of gold waiting to be mined in the country after several surveys were conducted. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in Uganda, Solomon Muyita, said that these reports are aimed at attracting gold miners and investors in the crypto sector.
In a bid to boost the country’s economy, the Ugandan government has licensed Wagagai gold mining company, a Chinese firm to start producing gold products in the Busia district. The company embarked on the construction of its gold refinery valued at USD200m in phases in the district in 2016. Muyita said that the discovered gold could start being mined immediately.
Refining gold locally could enhance job creation, and improve social service delivery to those living close to where the mineral is extracted. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called for the local refinement of the commodity, calling any external refinery criminal. “It is criminal for anybody to argue for the continued exports of raw materials in Africa when there is 90% more value in that product that you are giving to the outsiders,” he said.
Tan Chun Chi, the general manager of Wagagai gold mining company, says that the investment has reached the US $60 million. He explains that they have been lagging
in the construction due to the lack of the two licenses. The company recently obtained a gold production license in March this year and has a 21-year lease to mine
gold in the country. and expect to double their speed because they expect to begin gold production by July 2023. The company has invested $200M towards constructing a refining facility.
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