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Role of Mining in National Economies: Mining's Contribution to Sustainable Development (1st Edition)

16 October 2012

The mining industry is a major force in the world economy, occupying a primary position at the start of the resource supply chain. However, its role in contributing to the national economies of different countries varies greatly and is neither well documented nor well understood.

  • This publication provides a global context for mining’s economic contribution that shows trends in the value of world production and identifies major producer countries.
  • The focus of this research is on the elements of economic contribution at the national level. The Mining Contribution Index (MCI) has been developed to explore this contribution and each of the world’s 212 countries is compared using this index. The data in this report covers 2000-2010, a period when commodity prices were generally strong.