Banro Corp was incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act on May 3, 1994. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the exploration, development and production of mineral properties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo including Twangiza, Namoya, Lugushwa and Kamituga. These properties are covered by a total of 13 exploitation permits. These properties, totalling approximately 2,612 square kilometres, cover all the historical producing areas of the gold belt. The Company also holds 14 exploration permits covering an aggregate of 2,638 square kilometres. Ten of the exploration permits are located in the vicinity of the Company's Twangiza property and four are located in the vicinity of the Company's Namoya property. The Company competes with many companies possessing greater financial resources and technical facilities than it. It might also encounter increasing competition from other mining companies in its efforts to hire experienced mining professionals. The Company's mineral exploration, development and mining activities are subject to various laws governing prospecting, mining, development, production, taxes, labour standards and occupational health, mine safety, toxic substances, land use, water use, land claims of local people and other matters.