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iTSCi South Kivu Bi-Annual Report January - June 2013

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04th Sep 2013
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iTSCi South Kivu Bi-Annual Report January - June 2013

In June 2010, the iTSCi pilot project was launched in Nyabibwe, South Kivu. However, the pilot was prematurely halted in September 2010 when the DRC Government decided to suspend mineral exploitation in Eastern DRC (the provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Maniema) in an effort to break the link between conflicts and minerals. The end of this Government suspension was followed by a de facto embargo from April 2011 as international end-user industries stopped non-traceable minerals from the DRC from being accepted by smelters in their supply chains. As a result, South Kivu was excluded from the international market and mining of the 3Ts was dramatically reduced with significant and devastating consequences for the local communities.

After two years of suspension, the tagging process was re-launched in Nyabibwe, South Kivu, in October 2012 now part of a much larger and established iTSCi Programme including due diligence assistance to companies. Preparations for the re-launch of the project were carried out in September and October 2012, including hiring of staff and training of state agents in order to ensure a smooth implementation of the project. The launch ceremony took place on 24 October 2012 in Koweit, sub-sector of Kalimbi, Nyabibwe, territory of Kalehe, South Kivu. The first tag (number 0584001) was placed on a bag of cassiterite by the Provincial Ministry of Mines. The site of T20 ('Maternité') - also in Kalimbi - joined the system at the same time.

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