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3/7/2016 by mdc
This report presents the results of the 2015 annual survey of mining and exploration companies. The survey is an attempt to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulatory uncertainty affect exploration investment. The survey was circulated electronically to over 3,800 individuals between September 15th and November 27th, 2015. Survey responses have been tallied to rank provinces, states, and countries according to the extent that public policy factors encourage or discourage investment. A total of 449 responses were received for the survey, providing sufficient data to evaluate 109 jurisdictions.

An overall Investment Attractiveness Index is constructed by combining the Best Practices Mineral Potential index, which rates regions based on their geologic attractiveness, and the Policy Perception Index, a composite index that measures the effects of government policy on attitudes toward exploration investment. While it is useful to measure the attractiveness of a jurisdiction based on policy factors such as onerous regulations, taxation levels, the quality of infrastructure, and the other policy related questions that respondents answered, the Policy Perception Index alone does not recognize the fact that investment decisions are often based on the pure mineral potential of a jurisdiction. Indeed, respondents consistently indicate that roughly only 40% of their investment decision is determined by policy factors.

The top jurisdiction in the world for investment based on the Investment Attractiveness is Western Australia. Saskatchewan remained in second place this year. Nevada dropped to third. Ireland moved up 10 spots into 4th place. Rounding out the top 10 are Finland, Alaska, Northern Territory, Quebec, Utah, and South Australia.

At the bottom and least attractive for investment are Argentina, Venezuela, Honduras, Greece, Solomon Islands, Guinea, Kenya, etc.

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