SARWatch and its Civil Society Partners Popularise the New Mining Code of the Democratic Republic of Congo
This new mining code continues to raise negative reactions from major mining companies regarding various concerns submitted to the head of state.
On 9 March 2018, the former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, promulgated the law No. 18/001 modifying the Mining Code of 2002. This promulgation was followed by Decree No. 18/024 on the Mining Regulations, made public by the prime minister on 8 June 2018.
This new mining code continues to raise negative reactions from major mining companies who believe that the government has not taken into account their various concerns submitted to the head of state. The new mining code brings innovations in several areas, including fiscal, customs, community development, procurement and local content.
With support from the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbei (GIZ) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), SARWatch has undertaken the task of disseminating the code and its innovations throughout the DRC. According to Dr Claude Kabemba, Executive Director of SARWatch, “We must no longer repeat the same mistake made with the mining code of 2002 which was not known by the population and was not implemented as it should have been. There has not been enough work on the popularisation of the code even for those who were supposed to ensure its implementation. SARWatch is therefore committed to popularise the content of this new mining code and put monitoring mechanisms in place.”
To succeed in this mission, SARWatch insisted on involving civil society organisations working in the mining sector both at the national and provincial levels, helping them to take ownership of the popularisation process to ensure its wide dissemination.
SARWatch and its civil society partners have set up a programme to disseminate the new provisions of the mining code by producing a handbook. The following cities are involved in this process: Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kolwezi, Kisangani, Goma, Bukavu, Ituri and Kindu. They have been selected because of the importance of their mining activities.