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Jun 12, 2019

Pietro Guj has joined forces with Richard Schodde of MinEx Consulting to produce a comprehensive book on “Mineral resources of Africa” for the World Bank (WB). The study will be an important source of factual information in support of the preparation by the WB’s Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa region of a new regional flagship report on Africa’s Resource Future.

The CET’s significant knowledge and experience of the economic geology of Africa will be combined with the power of a comprehensive database of mineral deposits around the World compiled by MinEx Consulting and with Richard’s artistry in extracting relevant tabular and graphic information from it. MinEx’s database contains over 58,000 mineral deposits of which around 11,300 deposits are of significant size (ie containing >100 koz Au, >100 kt Cu or its equivalent for other metals), including 1500 located in Africa.

Pietro’s association with the WB, for which he has directed a number of important studies in the area of mining governance and taxation, started in the early 2000s, but his interest in Africa dates back to the late 1960’s when as a young geologist he mapped and explored virgin terranes in the northern part of Namibia.

Richard has had an illustrious career in the mining industry including 15 years in a range of project evaluation, business development and strategic planning roles with WMC Resources followed by four years with BHPBilliton in Melbourne as a minerals economist, before founding MinEx Consulting in 2008 of which he is the current Managing Director.

One of the indirect benefits of the WB/CET’s proposed publication of Mineral Resources of Africa is that it is also likely to stimulate additional academic research on the role and impact of mining on the economy of developing countries around the World.