The Ranobe project will bring considerable benefit to the Tulear region as the first significant mining development in the Southwest of Madagascar. Clearly employment, both during construction and when the mine is in production, will provide significant economic benefits. Training programs will form an important part of the pre-production development, and the resultant skills transfer will have a knock-on impact throughout the Tulear economy. Once in production, the project has committed to annual contributions of 1.5 to 3.0 billion Ariary to community programs. And of course, Madagascar will benefit from company taxes and royalties paid, of which a reasonable portion will be returned to the region. Over the expected mine life, more than 1.8 trillion Ariary will be paid in taxes and royalties. The company’s environmental rehabilitation program will also see a considerable portion of the mining area replanted to cash crops and woodlots for the benefit of local communes.