Congo: Combating Illegal Coltan Mining | Global 3000
The Democratic Republic of Congo
has rich deposits of gold, diamonds, copper and other minerals that unscrupulous business people have been eager to exploit. Rebel groups
have used the sale of raw materials to fund civil war, and Rwandan militias in eastern Congo
are capitalizing on the sale of coltan, a crucial raw material in the manufacture of electronic devices.Now, developed countries are stepping up pressure on industry to buy exclusively clean, or conflict-free, raw materials.
The United Nations
has suggested developing a certification scheme to stamp out the trade of dirty or illegally mined materials.