Night view of the Tongon mine in the north of the country, majority-owned by Pan-African Randgold Resources, one of the earliest gold mines, which has produced around 8 tons since 2011.
Ivory Coast has seen rapid increases in gold production in recent years. From an output of seven tons in 2010, the government is aiming to produce 22 tons this year.
Randgold CEO Mark Bristow predicts the country can overtake neighboring Ghana, which is among the world’s top 10 producers, with an output of 85 tons in 2015.
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