It’s been a busy month — I’ve been in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), SA, Zambia and Namibia. Across these jurisdictions, I’ve seen critical minerals strategies, the source of new investments, the weaknesses of current mining frameworks in development countries, and importantly — where there are opportunities.

My take? The Middle East is a critical partner for both African and Western countries. It’s an important third option beyond the east and west. It’s no longer binary...

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