Published on 25 July 2013

The Simandou iron curse

The Simandou iron curse


A key mining project for Guinea's economic growth, the huge Simandou iron ore deposit lies at the heart of a battle between the majors and president Alpha Conde, with consultants acting as their proxies. The ore remains stubbornly underground, depriving the government of much needed receipts. To fight the curse, Conde has also appealed to international donors and is trying to cobble together funding for the highly costly infrastructure required to export the ore.

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