Philippine Supreme Court Opens for Increases Foreign Ownership in Mining Projects

LONDON, United Kingdom, DATE: December 3rd 2004. Crew Gold Corporation (“Crew”) (TSE & OSE: CRU; Frankfurt: KNC; OTC-BB- other: CRUGF.PK.

On December 1st 2004, the Supreme Court of the Philippines reversed an earlier negative decision on the Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) where foreign companies can enter into an agreement with the government owning up to 100% of a mining project.

The President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapgal-Arroyo said the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the Mining Act would attract investments, which would “boost jobs and productivity” in the rural areas, citing that the Philippines ranked number three in gold production, number four in copper, number five in nickel, and number six in chromite deposits.

For Crew’s two development projects in the Philippines; the Mindoro Nickel Deposit (MNP) and The Pamplona Sulphur Project (PSP) the decision has been welcomed as very good news. Crew and its Philippine associated companies have for several months held ongoing discussions with potential partners on both projects. We believe the Supreme Court decision will help these discussions to be concluded.

Further more Crew has for some time worked on identifying gold projects in the Philippines. Again with the present Supreme Court favourable decision we hope to be able to materialize on this work.  

Jan A. Vestrum

President & CEO

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