Extractive Industries

Mining

Mineral commodities produced in Togo include gold, diamonds, phosphate rock and other industrial minerals. Most of the industrial activity was limited to phosphate rock production. Togo was Africa’s sixth largest producer of rock phosphate accounting for 2% of total output. Phosphate production increased in 2008 but overall has declined over recent years due in part to the depletion of easily accessible deposits. Togo also produces significant amounts of gold and diamonds by artisanal working. It was the sixth largest gold producer in Africa (comparable to the DRC). Diamond production has declined in recent years. Undeveloped mineral resources include bauxite, gypsum, iron ore, manganese, marble, rutile and zinc; there is potential for uranium and lithic metals on the basis of preliminary investigations.

Petroleum

Burundi has no upstream petroleum sector.