Rwanda signs tin and tantalum mining deal with Omani-owned Tri Metals

February 9, 2016

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Rwanda has signed a five-year mining contract worth $39-million with a unit of Oman’s Mawarid Mining to extract tin, tantalum and niobium, the mining ministry said on Tuesday. Mining, which the government says contributes about 1.5% of Rwanda’s $7.9-billion gross domestic product, is the East African country’s second-biggest source of foreign exchange behind tourism, with metallic ore coltan bringing in the most earnings.

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