Is Burkina Faso set to become the new eldorado of West Africa? This is what many are asking as the dizzying rise of the gold price has led to an explosion of activity in the mining sector. The awareness of the existence of gold in Burkina Faso is nothing new; for 10 centuries farmers have turned to it at a times of bad harvests, but the interest is now far more intense. The country has long been neglected in favour of its neighbour Mali, but is now attracting some of the biggest investments in the continent. In 2005 just one mining licence was issued; this compares to 2010 when 487 were issued.
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