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DRC: Lessons from Ghana’s dealings with illegal Chinese mining companies

By Cliff Mboya
Posted on Wednesday, 29 September 2021 15:19

Artisanal miners work at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe//

Recent campaigns against illegal mining activities by the Chinese in the DRC mirror events in Ghana a few back, so what lessons can be learned?

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed heightened campaigns against illegal mining activities associated with Chinese companies in the Congolese provinces of Ituri and South Kivu.

Several Chinese miners were arrested in the far Eastern Ituri province where it is believed that an unknown number of Chinese migrants and companies are operating illegally. In South Kivu province, the governor banned six small-scale Chinese-owned companies operating illegally.