The “Congo is not for sale” campaign (CNPAV) welcomes the efforts of the current General Directorate of Gécamines to resume the process of publishing mining contracts signed with private investors. Progress that materializes the new management’s desire to comply with the legal provisions in this area and guarantee transparency in its agreements and partnerships.
“The CNPAV encourages Gécamines to continue this momentum as a sign of breaking away from the opacity that has surrounded the signing of several mining contracts in recent years. It considers that the relaunch of the publication will induce public debate on transparency as well as accountability in the governance of the extractive sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ”, specifies an official press release sent to Zoom Eco.
After numerous calls from civil society and the DRC’s Technical and Financial Partners, a series of mining contracts essentially signed between Gécamines and its private partners have just been published on the EITI DRC website.
However, “Congo is not for sale” specifically underlines the relevance of seeing the disclosure of the appendices of recently published contracts for a better understanding of the contractual terms and of publishing the contract of May 8, 2013 on the transfer of all of the contracts. rights and interests relating to Gécamines royalties in KCC to AHIL, which is part of nine mining contracts deemed a priority by civil society.
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The CNPAV remembers that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had suspended its financial support to the DRC in December 2012 for reasons of opacity concerning the allocation and signing of a mining contract signed between Gécamines and an American company.
Even as the IMF is in negotiations with the DRC for a new aid program, it is essential that the government fully publishes all natural resources contracts.
“The Government will have to avoid the opacity around the signing of agreements on natural resources which is an obstacle to democracy. It is essential that he makes all mining contracts public ”, recommends Jean Claude Mputu, spokesperson for the campaign.
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As a reminder, since 2011, Congolese legislation requires the publication of all contracts in the extractive sector as well as their annexes and amendments. These must be published in the Official Journal of the DRC as well as on the website of the Ministry of Mines within sixty days of the date of their signature.
The EITI also encourages member countries to publicly disclose all contracts and licenses that set the conditions for oil, gas and minerals exploitation.
While welcoming the progress, the “Congo is not for sale” Campaign calls on the Government to exhaustively publish the remaining contracts in order to allow Congolese citizens and civil society organizations to exercise their right of scrutiny over these transactions, but also to confirm its commitment to transparency and the fight against corruption, especially since the next validation review of the DRC EITI should take this into account.