British investors briefed on gold, copper mines


KABUL (PAN): In an effort to attract international investment, Minister of Mines WahidullahShahrani briefed entrepreneurs on Afghanistan's vast gold and copper reserves, an official said on Wednesday.

During his trip to Britain, Shahrani spoke about two gold mines in Badakhshan and Ghazni provinces and copper in Sar-i-Pul and Herat, ministry spokesman, Mohammad Jawad Omar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Some of the investors said that they were interested in investing in the extraction of mines, he said. A date for seeking expressions of interest would be announced on the website of the ministry, he added.

Jawad estimated the Ghazi mine -- situated in the Zarkashan area -- contained 7,500 kilograms of gold. He said five gold mines had been identified in Badakhshan, Takhar, Ghazi and Baghlan provinces.

Four copper mines are located in Herat, Logar and Sar-i-Pul provinces. A survey conducted by a US-based geological organisation says Afghanistan has 400 mines of iron, copper, coal, gold, fuel, lithium and precious stones. Currently, work on developing coal, marble and some other mines is ongoing.


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