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More Robbery Attempts at Chinese Residential Compounds in the DRC Mining City of Kolwezi

For the second week in a row, robbers attempted to break into a Chinese residential compound in the southern DR Congo city of Kolwezi. The suspects, though, didn't get very far. After struggling to break through the gates, they were apprehended by a combined force of 30 police ...

NGO Describes 2008 China-DR Congo Sicomines Deal Described as “Unconscionable”

It sounds like the soon-to-be-released report by the Congolese branch of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is going to be unsparing in its criticism of the 2008 Sino-Congolese deal that created the Sicomines joint venture mining company.

Chinese Community in the DR Congo’s Mining Belt Report More Robberies and Break-In Attempts

Chinese residents and businesses in the southern Congolese mining city of Kolwezi report an increase in armed robberies and attempted break-ins.  It's not clear from the accounts on the Lualaba Chinese Chamber of Commerce WeChat channel if the assailants ...

Sicomines is Bracing For a Brutal Report From the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The Sino-Congolese mining giant Sicomines is already trying to discredit a highly-anticipated report by the Congolese branch of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative even before the NGO's findings have been published. Radio France Internationale and other media ...

Author Erik Bruyland on Why No One Should Be Surprised That the Sicomines Deal Is Now a Huge Mess

It was once described as the "Deal of the Century" now, 13 years later, the Sino-Congolese joint venture known as Sicomines is the focal point of a bitter dispute over whether this $6 billion copper and cobalt venture was established on wholly unfair terms.  ...

TRANSLATION: Smear Campaigns Against Chinese Mining Companies in the DR Congo

There is growing frustration among Chinese stakeholders over the way that Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been depicted in the ongoing review of foreign mining contracts by the government in Kinshasa. The editors at the Global Mining (世界矿业) WeChat channel summarized ...

This Chart Explains Why DRC President Tshisekedi Wants to Renegotiate Those Chinese Mining Contracts

While DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi has said that he wants to review foreign (mostly Chinese) mining contracts to ensure they're more equitable, he hasn't provided any specific explanation for why he's choosing to do so now. There are many theories ...

DRC Cabinet Tasked to Deliver Report on Sicomines in Two Weeks

The DR Congo's equivalent of the presidential cabinet, the Council of Ministers, has been tasked to create a commission to investigate “major legal, technical and financial problems observed in the collaboration agreement” of the $6 billion Sicomines deal between Congo's state mining company and a consortium of ...

Chinese Sources Refute Story That a Chinese National Was Jailed For Insulting the DR Congo’s Mining Minister

Chinese sources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are challenging reports first published by human rights activist Géorges Kapiamba that Wang Haifang, a Chinese national, was sentenced to three months in jail and fined $500,000 for insulting the Minister of Mines Antoinette N'samba. ...

Q&A: What Lessons Can the DRC Learn From Ghana’s Experience Combatting Illegal Chinese Mining Activities?

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed heightened campaigns against illegal mining activities associated with Chinese companies in the Congolese provinces of Ituri and South Kivu. Several Chinese miners were arrested in the far Eastern Ituri province where it is believed that an unknown number ...
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