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Gold is mined in the southern region and Mali has the third highest gold production in Africa (after South Africa and Ghana). The emergence of gold as Mali's leading export product since 1999 has helped mitigate some of the negative impact of the cotton and Côte d'Ivoire crises. Other natural resources include kaolin, salt, phosphate, and limestone.
The United States holds more gold bullion than any other country, with about 2.39 times that of the next leading country, Germany.
“There is hardly much else to keep these countries going economically. It is more likely than not that the mines will continue to operate and that is why investors are sticking around. Plus investors in Africa do have a very high risk appetite. “Nevertheless, a speedy resolution to the turmoil in Mali would be required to keep companies and investors in West Africa,”