The Antwerp World Diamond Centre wants to sell 12 million carats of diamonds from Zimbabwe this year, which would make the southern African country one of the six biggest suppliers to the Belgian-based trading group.
The skyline of the city of Herat, in the westernmost corner of Afghanistan, is dominated by the Qala Ikhtyaruddin, a 700-year-old stone citadel. On a chilly December afternoon, as the sun begins to dip, the citadel’s grounds are largely unoccupied. The general public isn’t allowed in until renovations to the time-ravaged site are finished. Paid for in part by a $725,000 grant from the U.S. government, the project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2011.
Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the U.S. military is fighting the Taliban, has deposits of rare-earth elements including lanthanum and cerium, Atiq Sediqi, an adviser to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines, said in an interview in Washington.
Mining companies seeking an exploration license in Ivory Coast are required to have a minimum investment budget of 600 million CFA francs ($1.2 million), according to a document from the Ministry of Mines, Oil and Energy.