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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: international 1965
Year 1965, Volume IV (1967)

Stipp, Henry E.
Ivory Coast,   pp. 811-814 PDF (420.8 KB)

Page 811

  811The Mineral Industry 
of the Ivory Coast 
By Henry E. Stipp 
 In 1965 the mineral industry of the Ivory Coast produced commodities valued
at $7.4 million,2 a sum equal to less than 1 percent of the estimated gross
national product of about $830 million. Principal mineral commodities produced
and exported in 1965 were manganese ore and diamonds. Imports of metals and
minerals consisted chiefly of iron and steel products, cement and other building
materials, fertilizers and petroleum, crude and refined products. The Ivory
Coast enjoyed a favorable overall balance of trade, but *the mineral trade
balance was unfavorable. 
 In December 1964, the French Government granted $1.3 million for a number
of projects in the Ivory Coast including $518,367 for geological and mineral
studies. Later in 1964, a second phase of the assistance program was approved,
which included an additional $338,776 for other projects in the mineral field.
 The Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) conducted
a general 
geologic study of the southwest section of the Ivory Coast for the State-owned
company, Société pour le Développment Mmièr de
la Côte d'Ivoire (SODEMI).4 BRGM also experimented on the use of an
aeromagnetic survey to locate sulfide mineralization in the volcanic-sedimentary
basin east of Bouake, and conducted drilling and exploratory mining in a
mineralized area north of Toulepleu. In addition, two occurrences of cinnabar
northeast of Bouake were being prospected thoroughly by BRGM, and the company
conducted geologic, photogeologic, and geochemical studies in the diamondiferous
area northeast of Korhogo. 
 SODEMI initiated its second triennial plan for mineral development.5 
 The Ivory Coast Government and the United Nations started a 3-year mineralprospecting
program that was expected to cost about $1.9 million. The purpose of the
program was to evaluate the economic potential of mineral resources discovered
in the southwestern part of the country. 
 Diamond mining operations with an output valued at about $3.6 million and
manganese ore output valued at $3.8 million accounted for the largest part
of the Ivory Coast's total recorded mineral production of $7.4 million. Diamond
production continued at about the same level as in 1964, while output of
manganese ore increased by nearly one-third. Columbium-tantalum output decreased
almost 27 percent. 
 1 Physical scientist, Division of International Activities. 
 Where necessary values have been converted from francs (CFAF) to U.S. dollars
at the rate of CFAF245=US$1.00. 
 U.S. Embassy, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. State Department Airgram 157, Jan. 20.
1965, pp. 1—2. 
 ~ Bureau de Recherches Coologiques et Minières (Paris). Rapport Annual
1965. Jan. 31. 1965, p. 49. 
 Mining Annual Review (London). Ivory Coast, Mining J. May 1966, p. 237.

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