Mauritanian own The second largest gold mine in the world
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Mauritanian own The second largest gold mine in the world

Nouakchott : Mauritania | Nov 03, 2011 at 4:58 AM PDT
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In an effort to expand its gold mine in the north of Mauritania Takizazat announced Knros Canadian start taking practical steps towards making the mine's second largest mine to extract gold in the world, according to officials of the Canadian company in Mauritania.
The eyes water born Toumi - a deputy head of foreign relations in the company Knros Takizazat Mauritania - that the company will invest more than $ 3.5 billion to complete the expansion of the mine.
He was born Toumi in a news briefing that the completion of this project, which will be completed a study on its feasibility in the first quarter of next year will make a record in the doubling of funds arising from the taxes owed to the state of Mauritania to the company, after having reached the value of tax owed to the state in 2010 to about 7.25 billion ounces (25.2 million).
Is associated Knros Canadian contract with the Mauritanian government specifying that the last 3% of the proceeds of the gold extracted from the mines of Mauritania, but that percentage is very low opinion of the opposition have created controversy among trade unions and opposition political forces.
In the view of the last that the company plundered the wealth of the country without avail, and 3% going back to the Mauritanian state of the mineral wealth that does not sing anything in return quantities of large profits by accumulating the company on an annual basis, and given also to the environmental damage and health effects of exploration and extraction of those .
Opponents also complained parliamentarians and trade union bodies also that the company also focuses on foreign labor instead of local employment debilitating unemployment and homelessness.
But Born Toumi rejects those accusations and says that percentage - which will arrive later, according to a new agreement has not ratified it yet 4% - represents a best ratios obtained by the countries in the region of similar projects, where points out that countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Botswana gets only 3% only.
Regarding employment, the Born Toumi, the company employs about one hundred foreign workers compared to about 900 local workers, and expected that the expansion of the project would attract thousands of workers Mauritanians in the coming years, not to mention that the company has earmarked an amount of up to 3.5 billion ounces (12.2 million dollars) to finance some projects, the training and other charitable and humanitarian nature.
The General Confederation of Workers of Mauritania has accused the company Takizazat cover for injured workers some serious damage to health by pollution and poor precautions provided by the company for workers in the exercise of their jobs.
The Secretary-General of the Confederation of Abdallahi Ould Mohamed, alias Alnhah of the island that finally tests were conducted for 36 workers the company has shown a high level of lead in eight of them for two hundred micrograms / liter note that the maximum rate is universally accepted ninetieth micrograms.
It was between two of those eight of lead in them than 400 micrograms / liter, which made the doctor imposes stay outside of their work and to expedite the provision of treatments for them.
The company says the words Born Toumi it does not cover workers injured on the toxic material, and it is ready to open an investigation into the case, whether by government or by others.

namedo is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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