Scotia International of Nevada, Inc. (Scotia), a Utah-based corporation, was founded to meet the needs of industry. Scotia provides innovative engineering and fabrication services in all disciplines to suit our client’s requirements. Nearly a century of combined experience enables Scotia to offer state-of-the-art designs and equipment to serve industry.With its new pro-growth strategy looking to expand its operation in West Africa, Sierra Leone stand to gain a lot from SION foreign direct investment approach, focusing on the gold mining sector by helping the community’s grouping into co-operatives through which SION will provide these co-operatives with artisanal mining equipment, medicine and food. Lessons learnt from countries like Bostwana, DRC, Tanzania, Mali and Liberia, Cooperatives work better with people working as one with a common aim to mine at a small-scale in an effort to improve their livelihood and develop their Towns and villages. Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM) is known as an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations, through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. The parochial view that “the mining sector” is synonymous with a large-scale, industrial governance model in Sierra Leone disregards mounting evidence that ASM plays a critical and growing role in mineral development. In terms of pure labour opportunity alone, due to its rudimentary techniques, ASM employs more labour than Large Scale Mining operations in Sierra Leone. It explores why small-scale mining remains on the periphery of policy, and suggests why a cooperative model, similar to some agricultural export economies, may provide a conceptual framework for further mineral governance and development models. Unfortunately, due to its informal nature, it is difficult to assess the levels of national revenue potentially gleaned by this part of the mineral economy.
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