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African Mining Report - Malawi
|Published by||Roskill Information Services||Product code||346220|
|Published||6 issues / year||Content info||41 Pages, 17 Tables, 14 Figures|
|African Mining Report - Malawi|
|Published: 6 issues / year||Content info: 41 Pages, 17 Tables, 14 Figures||
After decades of under investment, geographic challenges and outdated legislation, Malawi's mining industries remain underdeveloped. However, this may all be about to change. Following the country's fifth successive democratic elections in 2014, the new government has set its sights on expanding the nascent sector, and with the completion of a World Bank sponsored geological survey in 2015 and the anticipated release of the new liberalised mining code, the development of Malawi's extractive industries may be about to accelerate.
In 2009 the country made significant steps towards diversifying its agriculturally dominated economy with the opening of Kayelekera uranium mine. From the start of production, in 2009, through until mid-2014 the mining sector's contribution to GDP increased dramatically, rising from 1% to 10%, with expectations it would increase to 20% by the early 2020s. However, a collapse in the spot price of uranium, of which Malawi contributed nearly 2% of global production, saw mining suspended in mid-2014 and the sectors growth come to a halt.
Despite this setback exploration has continued, and with the completion of a World Bank sponsored geological survey in October 2015 and the identification of promising deposits of rare earth elements, niobium, bauxite, graphite, and oil and gas, by private companies, the country has built a pipeline of promising projects.
Infrastructure remains a mixed picture. Malawi's power network is in a poor state, with installed capacity insufficient to meet current demand and severely short of the level required to support an expansion of the mining sector. In contrast the road network is extensive and in good condition, and Vale's recently refurbished Nacala corridor provides a fast railway link to the Indian Ocean deep-water port on the Mozambique coast.
The mining sector now awaits the widely anticipated first draft of the new Mines and Minerals Act, due to go before parliament in October 2015, which if as expected leads to further liberalisation in exploration, registration and extraction, then the next stage in the sectors expansion is likely to follow shortly. Roskill's new African Mining Report on Malawi provides a detailed, up-to-date, overview of the mining industry in the country.
Each report contains the following chapters: