Montreal, Quebec, February 28, 2022 - Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX: AYA) (“Aya” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce it has received regulatory approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") for the expansion of its Zgounder Silver Mine from the Moroccan Authorities. Aya is also pleased to announce its partnership with the Biotechnology for Sustainable Development in Africa Foundation (“BDA”) to develop and support local agribusinesses and provide access to international markets in the Askaoun region in the Kingdom of Morocco.
“The granting of the EIA represents a major milestone for Zgounder," said Benoit La Salle, President & CEO. "This approval, along with our robust expansion feasibility study, announced last week, provides us with enough comfort to order long-lead construction items. We would like to thank the Moroccan authorities and the communities who collaborated with us diligently throughout the process to deliver an expansion, which will benefit all stakeholders.”
“Further, we are pleased to concurrently announce our inaugural CSR partnership with the BDA Foundation, an international non-profit organization to support Ecopreneurs and local agricultural businesses in Morocco to succeed in Africa's emerging botanical and agricultural industry, in the cosmetics, nutraceuticals, and biopharmaceuticals segments. This financial investment has significant economic and social benefit and highlights our commitment to deliver positive and measurable impact to the community, including local community-based job creation over the next 5 years.”
BDA's approach, with 17 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa, is centered on the supply chain of high value botanicals, allowing local entrepreneurs to capture the profits, instead of the usual intermediaries. Thus, eco-companies, led by local entrepreneurs, are trained, certified, and supported for the start-up of their local SMEs, each creating local jobs in added value products, contributing to the socio-economic inclusion of local populations.
Aya is aligning its Biodiversity For the Development of the Atlas region Program with national development strategies through Morocco’s Green Generation Program and with international institutions’ focus on value creation through the development of agribusinesses and alignment with the Nagoya Protocol.
About Aya Gold & Silver Inc.
Aya Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.
The only TSX-listed pure silver mining company, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder Silver Mine and is exploring its properties along the prospective South-Atlas Fault, several of which have hosted past-producing mines and historical resources. Aya’s Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit Gold Project in Mauritania, which is being advanced to feasibility.
Aya’s management team has been focused on maximising shareholder value by anchoring sustainability at the heart of its operations, governance, and financial growth plans.
For additional information, please visit Aya’s website at www.ayagoldsilver.com.
Benoit La Salle, FCPA FCA
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The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including 1) there being no significant disruptions affecting the operations of the Corporation whether due to COVID-19 restrictions, artisanal miners, access to water, extreme weather events and other or related natural disasters, labour disruptions, supply disruptions, power disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; (2) permitting, development, operations and production from the Zgounder project being consistent with the Corporations’ expectations; (3) political and legal developments in the Kingdom of Morocco being consistent with its current expectations; (4) the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Moroccan Dirham being approximately consistent with current levels; (5) certain price assumptions for silver; (6) prices for diesel, process reagents, fuel oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (7) production and cost of sales forecasts meeting expectations; (8) the accuracy of the current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates of the Corporation; (9) labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with the Corporation’s current expectations; and (10) asset impairment (or reversal) potential, being consistent with the Corporation’s current expectations. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. All of the forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements and those made in our other filings with the securities regulators of Canada including, but not limited to, the cautionary statements made in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2021 and the "Risk Analysis" section of our Q3/2021 Management’s Discussion & Analysis and in other filings of Aya with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect the Corporation. Aya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law.