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Scant Information and Wheeler-Dealing Undermine Congolese Contract Review

Author: Global Witness, Published on: 4 August 2008

On the eve of the start of the promised renegotiation of mining contracts in DR Congo, Congolese and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today called on the DRC government to shed light on the renegotiations of mining contracts. No clear time-frame or criteria for the negotiations with mining companies have been forthcoming from the Government's side. In particular, the contents and publication of the terms of reference, as promised to private mining companies by the Vice Minister of Mines, remain obscure... "In the spirit of fairness and public accountability, the transfer of mining rights should be postponed until the review and renegotiation process has been concluded", said Gavin Hayman, Campaigns Director at Global Witness. "How do Congolese citizens know they're getting a good deal?" [refers to Nikanor, Anvil Mining]

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Related companies: Anvil Mining (part of China Minmetals) Nikanor