MINES AND MONEY: Mines in Afghanistan will not be state owned, says minister

Dec 08, 2011 | 07:18 AM |

The Afghani government is to act as facilitator and regulator in its nascent mining industry, and will not introduce state-owned companies as it seeks to attract investors, minister of mines Wahidullah Shahrani told Metal Bulletin. The aim is to encourage the international private sector to develop these deposits, while the government takes an arm’s length approach, he said, speaking on the sidelines of the Mines and Money conference in London on Wednesday December 7. A number of tenders were recently announced, including four for major copper and gold deposits, and more are expected in the coming months, Shahrani added. The country is....

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