La précarité de la situation politique et sécuritaire de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) continue à faire l’actualité. Mais malgré l’instabilité de ce pays, d’importants progrès ont été enregistrés, du côté du Gouvernement comme de la société civile, sur la voie de la publication des contrats relatifs à l’extraction des ressources naturelles de la RDC.
The precarious political and security situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to make global headlines. But despite the upheaval, government actors and civil society advocates have made strides in the important initiative to make public many of the contracts that govern extraction of the country’s bountiful natural resources.
Unlike in the resource-rich country in the film Black Panther, much of Africa’s mining sector is currently dominated by foreign direct investment; its raw minerals are often exported with limited local participation in the sector and tax revenues are eroded.
As NRGI gathers data in the effort to improve international benchmarks of national oil company performance and revenue management, figures from Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative reports are proving extremely valuable. This is especially the case in a number of African countries where state companies do not produce detailed financial reports on their own.
Last week the mining industry held the African Mining Indaba, its annual sector meeting in Cape Town. Concurrently, civil society organizations from across the region met for the ninth annual Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI).