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Eritrea: Things are looking up for Eritreans

Things are looking up for Eritreans. Photo: Fireworks show celebrating the 22nd Independence Day anniversary in Asmara -  May 24, 2013 

Amid a vicious demonization campaign in the media, Eritrea continues to march on the right path to development. Today, the country is leading sub-Sahara Africa in most of the important health and socio-economic indicators. As a result, it's been dubbed the 'Prince of Progress' by the Africa Research Institute; a London-based African think tank. But the achievements Eritrea has reached in the past two decades will pale in comparison over the next five years. There are four reasons why this will be the case:

1) Economy: Over the next five years, Eritrea aims to transform itself from a subsistence agricultural polity to a manufacturing and knowledge-based economy. To reach this end, education has received the lion's share of the country's resources. Currently, the state provides universal education and spends 45% of its annual budget on education. By allocating significant funds towards this sector, the government seeks to nurture and develop human capital to lead the economy.

2) Privatization: Since the passing of Proclamation No. 171/2012 last year, the government has focused on developing the private sector by giving potential investors favorable investment opportunities. Additionally, the government has accelerated denationalization in the country by privatizing nearly 250 state-owned companies. In doing so, the government raised significant capital and stopped the drain of state resources that were used to keep some of the struggling companies afloat.

"The country’s (Eritrea) gross domestic product grew by 17% in 2011 and by 7% in 2012 – primarily because of gold revenue. An 8% growth rate is predicted for 2013 with the emergence of copper mining. Industry experts predict current foreign direct investment in the mining sector has just touched the tip of a potential minerals bonanza." — Professor Iqbal Jhazbhay

3) Minerals: Due to a sensible mining code put into law by the state, there are around 20 international firms engaged in exploration in Eritrea. Currently, Nevsun Resources is the only mining company in full operation. The next company joining them is Sunridge Gold Corporation, which expects production by mid-2015. In total, Sunridge and the state-owned Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO) should see over $11 billion dollars worth of minerals from their four mining sites in Debarwa, Adi Nefas, Embadorho and Gupo Gold.

Sunridge and ENAMCO's Asmara Project

Type of MetalsAmount FoundCurrent ValueTotal_Value_____
1.3 billion pounds
$1.00 per pound
$1.3 billion
2.6 billion pounds
$3.25 per pound
$8.45  billion
28 million ounces
$25.00 per ounce
$700 million
930,000 ounces
$1,400 per ounce
$1.302  billion

Sources: Sunridge Gold Corp & Madote|

4) Potash: With an estimated value of over $150 billion dollars, Eritrea's massive potash mine is perhaps the most significant game changer. The Colluli Project is jointly owned by Australia's South Boulder Mines and ENAMCO. Together, they have formed a new company called Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC) and have a 50/50 ownership. The company believes initial production will begin by 2016 or sooner and will have a mine life of over 100 years. Once in full capacity, Eritrea will replace Canada as the world's largest exporter of potash.

While Eritrea relies on its agricultural, mineral and human resources to meet its development goals, the same can not be said about many sub-Saharan African states. According to Reuters news agency, "half of African countries rely on aid as the largest external source of finance for development needs." As Dr. Samuel Mahaffy points out, Eritrea's success without assistance from NGO's makes a strong case for re-evaluating their presence in developing countries.
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  1. "The company believes initial production will begin by 2016 or sooner and will have a mine life of over 100 years. Once in full capacity, Eritrea will replace Canada as the world's largest exporter of potash."

    I bet this has to be at the heart of Canada's political bravado of late towards Eritrea. It seems America's hat, aka Canada does not want Eritrea to join in on the lucrative potash market because it's more competition and less money for them.

  2. Let the people suffer, it doesn't matter because we have POTASH?! Don't let PFDJ fool you forever!

  3. Are you denying that the Eritrean economy is set for a great growth. You had better hope that Eritrea doesnt get oil and Natural Gas.

  4. Are all the mining compaines controlled by the PFDJ are mining website under PFDJ control dont ridicule yourself and maintain some self respect.

  5. We in Eritrea do not follow the Western model of human rights we wont economic growth like the eastern economic tigers like china, Singapore, Malaysia they are better models, but if you think you will have your human rights and democracy imposed then think again. China has proven that you can change the quality of life of the people and build high quality infrastructure on mass scale. You dont need elections and so called "human rights" which dont exist anywhere in the world.


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