Cote d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister, Daniel Duncan, has said the country will restructure its small-scale gold washing sector.
“The government will put in place regulatory measures to bring order in the small-scale gold mining sector.
“The gold washers will be identified and registered across the national territory with a view of making the sector formal,” Duncan said.
The Director of the Mines Ministry, Guillaume Ndri, said the country had more than 1,000 small-scale gold mining sites.
“Over 500,000 people live on this activity in the rural areas and substantial resources are generated through small-scale gold washing,” the director said.
Report says that the government has repeatedly condemned illegal small-scale gold mining that is carried out using toxic and pollutant substances.