A truck arrives to ferry excavated gold, copper and zinc ore from the Bisha Mining Share Company, northwest of Asmara.
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Eritrea expects to have four mines in operation by 2018 producing gold, copper, zinc and potash as one of Africa's poorest nations looks to build an industry that can kick-start its economy, a top mining official told Reuters.Bisha mine in the north of Eritrea, a joint venture between Canada's Nevsun Resources and the state mining firm ENAMCO, is the only mine now in full production.As excavations have moved deeper, it has been producing copper and will soon mine zinc.Eritrea's ambitions to expand its mining industry face hurdles, however, with the planned new projects still needing to raise some capital or debt.Some mining executives say companies are wary of investing in Eritrea, partly because it is still new territory for most miners and also due to the worker allegations.
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