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Congo Improves Natural Resources Accounting

VOA News - July 4, 2014

Gecamines copper mine in DRCongo's southern mining town of LubumbashiThe Democratic Republic of Congo, faulted last year for murky reporting on its earnings from natural resources, has improved its accounting enough to be awarded full membership in an international organization touting transparency.
Widespread abuse of logging permits opens up Congo's forests to more destruction

Global Witness - October 25, 2012

Logging in DR CongoIndustrial logging companies and officials are systematically abusing community logging permits in order to bypass the Democratic Republic of Congo’s freeze on new logging concessions, says a new report by Global Witness.
Controversy over "conflict minerals" law

IRIN - August 2, 2011

Big business... But little of the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by DRC's mineral sector ends up in stateMajor industries are seeking to alter the proposed US reporting rules on “conflict minerals” mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a bid to stem the flow of money from minerals mined in eastern Congo, widely seen as fuelling the ongoing conflicts, the US government included a clause in the financial reform legislation of July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Global Witness welcomes DR Congo's decision to publish resource contracts

Global Witness - June 3, 2011

Gecamines - KatangaA decree published this week by the Democratic Republic of Congo commits the government to disclose all natural resource contracts within 60 days of their coming into effect. The decision is a welcome move which could help reduce corruption in the country if fully implemented, Global Witness said today.
Opportunity for change in eastern Congo's mines must be seized

Global Witness - May 18, 2011

Sacks of tin ore being loaded onto a plane near Bisie, for transportation to Goma.Shifts in the control of eastern Congo's mines have created opportunities to begin breaking the links between the mineral trade and the conflict that has plagued civilians for over a decade, says a new report from Global Witness today.
New rules for miners

IRIN - March 17, 2011

Big business... But little of the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by DRC's mineral sector ends up in stateVarious stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining sector have signed a code of conduct designed to reduce fraud and increase transparency in an industry that has played a key role in the armed violence that has ravaged the east of the country for years, but there is still concern about illegal mining and the military’s role.
Mining ban fails to end armed control of trade, says Global Witness

Global Witness - March 4, 2011

Global WitnessThe Congolese government's decision this week to lift a ban on the mining and export of minerals from the country's eastern provinces is long overdue, says Global Witness today. The campaign group questioned what has been achieved since restrictions were imposed nearly six months ago.
Great Lakes Regional Summit to Focus on Congo Resource Exploitation

VOA News - December 15, 2010

ColtanEleven heads of state and government are to meet Wednesday in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, at a Great Lakes regional summit to look at the problem of illegal exploitation of natural resources in eastern Congo and the negative consequences this has had for the region.
Global Witness takes UK government to court over Congo conflict minerals

Global Witness - July 26, 2010

Global WitnessThe British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese 'conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High Court for a judicial review.
U.S. passes landmark reforms on resource transparency

Global Witness - July 15, 2010

ColtanProvisions in the Financial Reform Act will require oil, gas and mining companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to publicly disclose their tax and revenue payments to governments around the world. The Act will also require companies whose products contain cassiterite (tin ore), coltan, wolframite and gold to disclose to the SEC whether they are sourcing these minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.







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