It said that GBC’s size did not fit into its long-term strategy. Rio will retain its original three-year commitment to support the development plans of the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai district, in partnership with local and international stakeholders.

The $100k/y commitment addresses areas such as health, education, water and sanitation in Ghana. It will remain until 2012. GBC operates in the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai district of western Ghana and produced 802kt of bauxite in 2008.