Dem. Rep. of Congo: Global Witness says mining revenues not reducing poverty & also calls on companies to improve health & safety standards

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5 July 2006

Minerals Flow Abroad, Misery Remains [D.R. Congo]

Author: Emad Mekay, IPS

International companies and local elites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are pocketing revenues from copper and cobalt production instead of sharing it with local communities or spending it to reduce poverty, a watchdog group charged...A new report by...Global Witness says that despite being one of the richest copper- and cobalt-producing areas in the world, the province of Katanga in southeastern DRC remains severely poor and the population has little or no infrastructure or public services...The report called on private companies to help reform the sector and declare all mineral exports, pay the appropriate taxes and ensure that the working conditions of the estimated 150,000 miners who supply them meet minimum health and safety standards -- or refuse to buy products originating from those mines. [also refers to First Quantum Minerals Ltd, Rand Merchant Bank, Adastra (part of First Quantum), Gécamines, Kinross-Forrest (originally joint venture of George Forrest International, Kinross Gold Corporation, Tain Holdings; now part of Katanga Mining)]

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1 July 2006

[PDF] Digging in Corruption: Fraud, abuse and exploitation in Katanga’s copper and cobalt mines

Author: Global Witness

To mining companies operating in the industrial sector: Investigate reports of corruption among employees, management or board members and take measures against those found responsible; Declare all payments made to the DRC government and to particular individuals in or close to the government; Participate in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). [also refers to Adastra (part of First Quantum), First Quantum, Compagnie Minière de Sakania, Kinross-Forrest (created as joint venture of George Forrest, Kinross Gold, Tain Holdings; now part of Katanga Mining), Metorex, Sentinelle, Global Enterprises Corporate, Phelps Dodge, Tenke Mining, Chemaf (part of Shalina Group), Groupe Bazano, SOMIKA, Société East China]

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Author: Global Witness

À l’attention des sociétés minières actives dans le secteur industriel...Enquêter sur les cas signalés de corruption parmi les employés, l’équipe de direction ou les membres du conseil ’administration...Déclarer tous les versements effectués au gouvernement de la RDC...Participer à l’Initiative de transparence des industries extractives (ITIE)...[fait référence à Adastra (partie de First Quantum), First Quantum, Compagnie Minière de Sakania, Kinross-Forrest (fondée par George Forrest, Kinross Gold, Tain Holdings; maintenant partie de Katanga Mining), Metorex, Sentinelle, Global Enterprises Corporate, Phelps Dodge, Tenke Mining (partie de Lundin Group), Chemaf (partie de Shalina Resources), Groupe Bazano, SOMIKA, Société East China]

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