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The Ebola virus disease outbreak and the mineral sectors of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

April 7, 2015

The mineral sector plays a key role in the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The onset of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in early 2014, together with changes in mineral market conditions, raised questions regarding the status of mining operations and of mineral development and exploration projects in all three countries. Mineral projects were the underpinnings of World Bank short-term forecasts of increases in gross domestic product (GDP) for all three countries and were expected to be the basis of future economic growth. The significant delay or cancellation of these projects could result in a major economic setback for all three countries.

In response to the uncertainty surrounding the status of mineral projects in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the National Minerals Information Center compiled information on the distribution of mines, mineral facilities, and mineral projects under development in the three countries. This fact sheet provides information on the role that the mineral sector plays in their respective economies, on the operating status of mining projects through yearend 2014, and on the coordinated actions by mining companies to support governments and international relief organizations in their efforts to contain the EVD outbreak.

Publication Year 2015
Title The Ebola virus disease outbreak and the mineral sectors of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
DOI 10.3133/fs20153033
Authors Omayra Bermúdez-Lugo, William D. Menzie
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2015-3033
Index ID fs20153033
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center