Uganda lifts ban on mineral exports

By Liz Gyekye
Published: Monday, 24 August 2015

The Ugandan government has reversed a ban on mineral exports, with the exception of iron ore and copper, introduced earlier this year. The Uganda Chamber of Mines, which has lobbied the government to lift the ban, has welcomed the decision, saying that the president had removed a clog in the development of the mining industry that had frustrated the sector for some time.

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has lifted a ban on mineral exports in a move aimed at encouraging investment in the country’s mining sector.

The announcement reverses a decree issued in 2011 by Museveni to halt miners from selling minerals in raw form as he claimed that they were robbing...

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