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DR Congo army leaves Bisie mine

Post By: Organic Development on Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has withdrawn its troops from the Bisie mine, which has until recently been the largest tin mining operation in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Military units have been withdrawing from the mine over the past six weeks to allow the North Kivu provincial mining department to assume control of the mine, Justin Nyembo, technical director of state-run mine licensing body Cadastre Minier.

"The government's intention is to end artisanal...

Buying ban hits DR Congo miners

Post By: Organic Development on Monday, 09 May 2011

Reuters reports from Busanga, in DR Congo’s Katanga province, that buying rules implemented by the global electronics industry since 1 April have caused considerable hardship in the region. Companies including RIM, Apple and Microsoft are signatories to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI) standards, agreed to curb the use of uncertified minerals from the region, the profits from which are partly used to fuel conflict.

As Congo's planned tagging system, backed by ITRI, is...

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