Author Topic: DRC wants an end to blood diamonds  (Read 1511 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline mayya

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 7874
DRC wants an end to blood diamonds
« on: February 09, 2014, 15:37:48 PM »
DRC wants an end to blood diamonds



Friday 7 February 2014 20:37
SABC


Areas of the DRC afflicted by conflict were particular hotspots for the trade in illegal minerals.(REUTERS)

  •  

The Kimberly Process arose out of the shame of blood diamonds. Areas of the DRC afflicted by conflict were particular hotspots for the trade in illegal minerals. 

Now, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it’s introduced a measure to put a stop to the commonly called "Blood Diamonds." 

During various past conflicts the country faced the scourge of minerals, sourced from violent slavery, being taken out of the country illegally and sold into legitimate markets abroad for the benefit of criminal rings.

Government officials say it's the aim of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Certificate to put a full stop to such tendencies. 

"It means that now we have a certificate which is ensuring that all the minerals that are coming out from DRC are compliant to the requirement on due diligence and the law," says DRC Minerals Regular, Maurice Miema.
Companies will not be able to export minerals, particularly gold and titanium without the new certificate. 

A DRC delegation attended the Mining Indaba touting the attractiveness of the DRC. It says it's working on infrastructure programmes. "We are aware that the more we improve infrastructure and energy issues, the more we get more investors coming in. So we're sure that it's no longer a problem, we are moving already towards addressing these challenges," says Miema.

DRC delegates also emphasised that the country's mining sector is open for business.





http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/8502610042d882aeb6c5fe56d5ffbd92/DRC-wants-an-end-to-blood-diamonds