Mali’s government is negotiating with mining companies to draft a new mining code but will move to implement a new law unilaterally if no compromise is reached, a report on Reuters said.
Many mines in Mali, Africa’s third-largest gold producer, are protected from changes to the fiscal regime for 30 years. However, during a joint news conference with the International Monetary Fund, Boubou Cisse, Minister of Economy, told reporters that the government aimed to reduce those protections to the lifespan of the mine.
“The negotiations are underway. If they don’t pan out, it will be a unilateral decision like in DRC,” Cisse said, referring to Democratic Republic of Congo, which this month raised taxes and royalties miners have to pay, despite industry opposition.
Cisse also said the government expected economic growth of 5 percent in 2018, down from 5.3 percent last year.
The IMF, meanwhile, said in a statement that Mali’s macroeconomic outlook was “broadly positive” but cautioned that rising insecurity in the country’s north and center could hold back economic progress.