A mining company considers a major investment in West Africa
The client approached Control Risks in order deepen its understanding of the power dynamics at government level in a small West African country’s mining sector. The company was also interested in understanding how relationships and leadership structures at the local level would affect operations at the production site.
Control Risks' approach
We identified a list of key stakeholders in the country’s mining industry, including the president, relevant ministers and other officials, regulators and key business people. Drawing upon our existing knowledge base and consultations with local sources, we produced a report which provided an in-depth background for each of the stakeholders identified, their political affiliations and details on their notable actions in office and attitudes to foreign investment in the mining industry. Our report analysed the relationships between ministries and the respective regulatory bodies associated with them, and provided insight on the decision-making processes of both.
The client, proceeding with its investment, was able to make informed decisions when assessing the opaque relationships, attitudes and dynamics between government officials and agencies, giving the company a valuable perspective on its counterparts during investment negotiations.