TORONTO, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Miner B2Gold Corp
expects the shutdown of land and air borders in Mali to last
"days or weeks, not months," its chief executive said on
Thursday, after Tuesday's overthrow of President Ibrahim
"The intention is to re-open as soon as possible," B2Gold
CEO Clive Johnson told Reuters, citing discussions with
Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours
after soldiers detained him at gunpoint and seized power in a
The military junta that overthrew the president ordered the
country's borders re-opened on Thursday. But the 15-nation
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)instructed its
members to keep their borders with Mali closed in response to
ECOWAS leaders convened on Thursday after the bloc suspended
Mali, closed borders and halted financial flows in response to
Border closures threaten to limit miners' ability to export
gold, which is typically flown out of Mali to be refined.
B2Gold and other miners said on Wednesday they were
operating as usual.
B2Gold's flagship Fekola mine produced 147,424 ounces of
gold in the second quarter.
Johnson reiterated the miner had sufficient supplies to
maintain activities through the end of the third quarter and
beyond and could tap ore stockpiles if needed.
Because of COVID actually we have even larger stockpiles
than we normally would have, so were in very good shape," he
(Reporting by Jeff Lewis;
Editing by Marguerita Choy and Dan Grebler)