In 2010-11 the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) was awarded a project financed by World Bank promoting the mineral resources of Ethiopia on the international scene.

Plan for promotion of the mineral resource of Ethiopia at international mining convention INDABA in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2011

  • Review of geological and geophysical data available at GSE for the promotion of mineral resources in Ethiopia
  • Discussions at the GSE with the senior staff on commodities to be promoted at INDABA 2011.
  • Development of promotion material as magazines, hand-outs and posters.
  • Organising an Ethiopian Booth at the INDABA 2011
Kenchika tantalum mine

Kenchika tantalum mine

The project was carried out by Peter Appel and John Tychsen the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) in close cooperation with the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE). A number of mineral deposits were visited and evaluated together with visit to the Lega Dembi gold mine and Kenticha tantalum mine.

The promotion of the mineral resources in Ethiopia was primarily directed towards the international mining industry, though it was recognised that GSE also had a duty towards the nationally based extraction industry in Ethiopia, and the local geoscience academic environment.

The promotion comprised production of posters and pamphlets for handouts at the INDABA meeting

Small-scale mining is widespread in Ethiopia. We visited opal and gold mining sites. Of particular interest was small-scale gold mining where the Ethiopian Government through Bank of Ethiopia bought gold from the small-scale miners at a price slightly higher than world market price. This is a significant bonus of the miners and it reduced money laundering.