11. February 2013
In a story indirectly related to tantalum, a delegation is this week visiting the Conflict Free Tin Initiative pilot mine in South Kivu, where traceability is provided by the iTSCi programme. One of the participants in this delegation writes about his experience:
By Mike Loch
Published February 11, 2013
I am excited to be returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week. My previous visit in January and February of last year was with a delegation aiming to analyze and audit the first conflict-free supply of tantalum from the DRC via the Solutions for Hope “closed pipe” project. The success of Solutions for Hope, which Motorola Solutions helped to found with AVX, proved that it is possible to source minerals from the DRC through a secure, traceable chain of custody from mine to smelter. This trip extends from that work with the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI).
Tantalum is one of four minerals identified as a source of funding for a brutal civil war in the DRC. Armed groups control some of the mines and transport routes in the North and South Kivu provinces and extort money during transport across this vast country. The other three conflict minerals are tin, tungsten and gold. The main aim of this trip is to assess a pilot project that supplies conflict-free tin from a conflict region in a similar approach to the Solutions for Hope project. ...