In addition to relying on nationals in Burkina Faso to manage and execute our exploration programs and operations, Orezone makes every effort to hire and train local laborers and support staff and requests all contractors to do the same. Our exploration camps are built and staffed by locals, and we support these communities by buying local produce and related services. As we move towards developing Bomboré into a mine, we will help identify and train those individuals that are well-suited to different trades and occupations at the mine and mill, and we expect that about half of the employees will come from the local area where the project is located.
Orezone also supports the local academic community in Burkina Faso. The Company has initiated programs to support various academic initiatives including the donation of equipment to the University of Ouagadougou, as well as graduate study support for students pursuing Masters and Ph.D. level degrees in geological disciplines.