New report assesses efforts to prevent minerals trade from funding armed groups in Eastern Dem. Rep of Congo, and outlines recommendations

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26 May 2010

[PDF] DfID, MINBUZA, LSE and RCS publish a new report on Great Lakes Mineral Trade

Author: Resource Consulting Services

This new report assesses efforts within the private and non‐profit sectors to help ensure minerals from Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) benefit the population rather than fund armed groups; it furthers the policy debate on how to promote legal mineral trade in Eastern DRC (EDRC) through professionalisation, formalisation and increased transparency…The authors suggest policies aimed to increase the implementability and effectiveness of existing and proposed efforts to better understand the origin of minerals, reduce corruption and increase the fiscal benefit to the DRC.

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26 May 2010

[PDF] Promoting legal mineral trade in Africa's Great Lakes Region: A policy guide on professionalisation, formalisation and increased transparency

Author: Resource Consulting Services, sponsored by UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINBUZA), and the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The report's recommendations are principally focussed on what the international community can do to support and progress the implementation of transparency processes in EDRC's [Eastern Dem. Rep of Congo] minerals trade. The recommendations also include larger reform processes, such as security sector reform (SSR) to address the partial militarisation of EDRC's economy, and economic governance reforms that are critical to a holistic solution and required to support the effective implementation of transparency processes focussing on the mineral trade. [refers to Traxys, Amalgamated Metals Corporation, Thailand Smelting & Refining Corp, Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad]

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