This year’s Mining Indaba sounded a call to local banks to increase their role in mining by stepping in to support projects deemed risky by international lenders.

Despite holding 30 percent of the world’s mineral reserves, the continent received less than 10 percent of the global average spent on mining exploration in 2022.

This is often because investors struggle to convince international lenders to commit money to African projects.

But with vast reserves of strategic minerals, interest in African mining has ticked up in recnt years and local financial institutions are being challenged to pick up more of the slack.

Célestin Mukeba Muntuabu is the managing director of EquityBCDC, the second-largest bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He is our guest on the show to share insights about his bank’s vision for African mining.

High interest rates squeeze African borrowers

Interest rates are projected to stay high in 2024, placing further strain on African borrowers already spending around 23% of their export revenues to repay external debt.

Away from facing higher borrowing costs, governments are struggling to access new credit as private lenders pull capital away from developing countries.

Tanzania sugar prices shoot up

Tanzania’s sugar regulators are seeking to ramp up the availability of the sweetener, amid a nationwide shortage.

The government has approved the importation of 100,000 tonnes of the product. A plan is also out to scale up local sugar production by next year.

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