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  • ANNUAL INFORMATION FORM

    of

    B2GOLD CORP.

    March 27, 2015

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Page

    INTRODUCTORY NOTES ........................................................................................................................................ 1 Date of Information ............................................................................................................................................... 1 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information .................................................................................. 1 Currency and Exchange Rate Information ............................................................................................................. 3 Technical Information ........................................................................................................................................... 4

    CORPORATE STRUCTURE ..................................................................................................................................... 6 Name, Address and Incorporation ......................................................................................................................... 6 Intercorporate Relationships .................................................................................................................................. 6

    GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE BUSINESS .................................................................................................. 8 Three Year History ................................................................................................................................................ 9

    DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS ....................................................................................................................... 12 General ................................................................................................................................................................ 12 Principal Product ................................................................................................................................................. 12 Special Skills and Knowledge ............................................................................................................................. 12 Competitive Conditions ....................................................................................................................................... 13 Employees ........................................................................................................................................................... 13 Foreign Operations .............................................................................................................................................. 13 Environmental Protection .................................................................................................................................... 13 Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety, and Regulatory ...................................................................... 14

    MINERAL PROPERTIES......................................................................................................................................... 16 Summary of Attributable Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources Estimates .................................................. 17 Masbate Mine ...................................................................................................................................................... 19 La Libertad Mine ................................................................................................................................................. 27 Otjikoto Mine ...................................................................................................................................................... 33 Limon Mine ......................................................................................................................................................... 40 Fekola Project ...................................................................................................................................................... 46 Kiaka Project ....................................................................................................................................................... 53

    RISK FACTORS ....................................................................................................................................................... 62 DIVIDENDS ............................................................................................................................................................. 79 DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STRUCTURE ......................................................................................................... 79

    Common Shares ................................................................................................................................................... 79 Preferred Shares ................................................................................................................................................... 79 Convertible Notes ................................................................................................................................................ 79 Stock Options ...................................................................................................................................................... 80 Restricted Share Unit Plan ................................................................................................................................... 84

    MARKET FOR SECURITIES .................................................................................................................................. 86 Trading Price and Volume ................................................................................................................................... 86 Prior Sales ............................................................................................................................................................ 87

    DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS......................................................................................................... 87 Shareholdings of Directors and Executive Officers ............................................................................................. 89 Cease Trade Orders or Bankruptcies ................................................................................................................... 91 Penalties or Sanctions .......................................................................................................................................... 92 Conflicts of Interest ............................................................................................................................................. 93

    CODE OF ETHICS ................................................................................................................................................... 93 AUDIT COMMITTEE .............................................................................................................................................. 93

    Composition of the Audit Committee .................................................................................................................. 94 Audit Committee Oversight ................................................................................................................................. 94 Reliance on Certain Exemptions ......................................................................................................................... 94 Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures ................................................................................................................ 94 External Auditor Service Fees ............................................................................................................................. 95

    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS .......................................................................................................................................... 95 INTEREST OF MANAGEMENT AND OTHERS IN MATERIAL TRANSACTIONS ......................................... 96 TRANSFER AGENT AND REGISTRAR ................................................................................................................ 96

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    MATERIAL CONTRACTS ...................................................................................................................................... 97 INTERESTS OF EXPERTS ...................................................................................................................................... 97 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.............................................................................................................................. 98 SCHEDULE A AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER ............................................................................................... A-1

  • B2GOLD CORP. ANNUAL INFORMATION FORM

    INTRODUCTORY NOTES

    Date of Information

    In this Annual Information Form, B2Gold Corp., together with its subsidiaries, as the context requires, is referred to as we, our, us or B2Gold. All information contained in this Annual Information Form is as at December 31, 2014, unless otherwise stated, being the date of our most recently completed financial year, and the use of the present tense and of the words is, are, current, currently, presently, now and similar expressions in this Annual Information Form is to be construed as referring to information given as of that date.

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

    This Annual Information Form includes statements and

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