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Sierra Leone Reviews Mining Licenses in Industry-Wide Clean-Up

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Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Sierra Leone is reviewing all mining licenses as part of a government clean-up of the industry.

The West African nation has already canceled or suspended permits for assets that were not operational, Minister of Trade and Industry Edward Hinga Sandy said in an interview in the commercial capital of Ivory Coast, Abidjan.