The amount of minerals mined in Mozambique rose by 34 percent year on year in the first half of this year, the country’s Mining Resources Minister Esperança Bias said.
Cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, the minister did not specify if the rise was by weight or value, but added that in 2013 the sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was expected to be 2.9 percent.
“Despite the floods at the beginning of the year, which made coal transport difficult along with the unfavourable scenario on the international market for some mining products, overall production in the first half rose by 34 percent year on year driven by rutile, tourmaline, clays, diatomite, limestone and gravel,” said Bias.
At the closing session of the 28th Coordinating Council of the Mining Resources Ministry, the minister said that in 2014 overall production is expected to grow by 7.9 percent compared to this year, based on coal and minerals mined at heavy sands projects in Moma and Angoche. (macauhub)