September 12, 2021 by archyde
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A copper mine in Kolwezi, DRC (illustrative image).
President Félix Tshisekedi demands an evaluation of a Sino-Congolese contract signed 13 years ago under Joseph Kabila. A $ 6 billion mega-contract, half of which is dedicated exclusively to infrastructure development.
The Congolese president awaits the next cabinet meeting for an inventory of the activities of Sicomines, the joint venture resulting from the 2008 mega-contract between Congo-Kinshasa and Chinese companies. Félix Tshisekedi wants to know the evolution of the projects included in this contract signed in the form of barter: cobalt and copper ores against construction of infrastructure.
The exit of the Congolese head of state comes just as we await the publication ofan EITI analysis report – The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative – on Chinese sites in the DRC.
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The Congolese Minister of Mines recently sent the Prime Minister a letter asking him to review the exemptions enjoyed by projects financed by Chinese companies under the 2008 contract, a contract whose execution is suspected of being tainted with corruption. .
But while last May the Congolese head of state announced his intention to renegotiate contracts mining, in particular those concluded with China by his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, he now asks for a simple assessment.
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