Opportunities for growth: The mining sector has been identified by most countries in the region as a potential catalyst for economic development, and there is a determined effort to attract foreign direct investment:

US$500m: AngloGold Ashanti, plans to spend this to reopen its Obuasi gold mine in Ghana
US$3bn: Societe Miniere de Boke, signs agreement with Guinea to construct a railway, aluminium refinery and new bauxite mines
US$500m: Chalco, is developing its Boffa bauxite mine in Guinea
US$107m: Perseus Mining, which achieved commercial production at its Sissingue gold mine in Ivory Coast