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Company Response

8 Mar 2016

Amara Mining (United Kingdom)

Amara Mining response

Amara Mining plc’s Bukinabe subsidiaries, SMSA and KMSA, ceased mining operations at the Kalsaka/Sega mine in Burkina Faso in August 2014. Since December 2014, SMSA has been in liquidation and KMSA has been subject to a court appointed creditor protection process, such that the operation has been under the control of a court-appointed liquidator. During the years that Kalsaka/Sega was in production (2008-2014), KMSA and SMSA supported comprehensive corporate social responsibility initiatives for the communities living close to the mine. The advancement of women has been at the heart of Amara’s efforts in Burkina Faso, which was led by Djénéba Nana, a prominent woman in country and KMSA/SMSA’s country manager. These initiatives were chosen by the Community Consultative Committee, which KMSA and SMSA established and is formed of community leaders, in conjunction with Djénéba, to ensure the programmes that KMSA and SMSA support provide the maximum benefit for local people. KMSA and SMSA gave financial support to a literacy programme that taught local women to read and write in the local language...also funded a programme for women to be trained in farming techniques...the mine also provided employment for, on average, 335 local people...Since the mine ceased production 18 months ago, KMSA and SMSA have upheld their obligations to pay compensation to local people affected by the development of the Sega deposit, such as farmers, in line with the relocation action plan...KMSA and SMSA are focused on ensuring that the Kalsaka/Sega mine is closed in an efficient manner, with all environmental obligations fulfilled...It is the policy of Amara and all of its subsidiaries to be a socially responsible business that balances economic prosperity with environmental stewardship and ethical business practice. We take our commitment to being a good corporate citizen very seriously and we are focused on ensuring that a positive and sustainable legacy is left beyond the lives of our mining operations.