Rwanda - The Rwandan government has demarcated mining sites which it will allow companies to bid for in order to meet its aim of raising significant cashflow from the mining sector within the next three years.

The process is in fact already underway – on 17 July the Rwandan Ministry of Natural Resources opened the bidding process for the development of the Kishariro and Rukaragata mining blocks within the former Gatumba mining concession in the Western province.

The blocks contain deposits of columbite (niobium)-tantalite (coltan), wolframite (tungsten ore), and cassiterite (tin ore), which are used in consumer electronic products such as mobile phones and computers. These minerals are commonly found in Rwanda.

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