Central African Republic seeks Indian investors to mine gold, uranium

Landlocked in the heart of Africa, the Central African Republic is seeking Indian investors to mine its abundant natural resources ranging from oil, uranium and lithium to gold, diamonds, iron ore and copper.
The African nation’s Minister for Economy Lea Doumta, who led a delegation on a two-day visit here, said her country is “mighty impressed” with India’s growth and development model and is keen to emulate it.
“We see India as a role model and are keen to partner with its government and companies in our economic progress,” she told PTI here.
Bordered by Cameroon, Chad, the two Congos, and the two Sudans, the Central African Republic is one of the poorest nations despite its abundant natural resources.
According to the World Bank, the former French colony has 470 minerals, with oil, gold and diamonds having the greatest potential. Diamonds account for nearly half of the country’s total export earnings.
A nation comparable to the size of Ukraine has the largest reserve of iron or