The Australian’s Robin Bromby writes of significant upheaval for exploration companies in the Australian tin mining sector as fresh funds appear to be flowing. The current situation is especially beneficial for the major players in trade, allowing them to continue financing mining exploration globally. A significant pick-up in tin exploration is expected by the June quarter, although the present market is tougher than in the late 1990s.

Meanwhile, French leading mining companies are actively pushing their interests in Francophone African countries trying to elbow out foreign multinationals.

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