Natural resources include iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold and tin. Liberia also has potential offshore crude oil deposits, which companies including Chevron and Tullow Oil have started exploration for. The extractive sector suffered dramatically during Liberia’s civil war (all the mines were closed, and by 2010 mining only contributed 0.9% to GDP, whereas in the 1990s this figure had been about 25%). Since 2003 the government has been actively trying to revive the mining sector.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, EITI, USGS, US State Department
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