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Even If the DRC is Able To Re-Negotiate Its Mining Contracts With The Chinese and Others, It’s Still Not Going to Help Ordinary People, Says Expert

A man watches a conveyor belt loaded with chunks of Raw cobalt after a first transformation at a plant in Lubumbashi. SAMIR TOUNSI / AFP

A leading Congolese mining expert wants to dispel the notion that President Félix Tshisekedi’s efforts to renegotiate foreign mining contracts is going to benefit ordinary people. “It is, of course, a first step,” acknowledged Jean Pierre Okenda, a well-known expert in DRC mining issues and head of the extractive resources department at the Brussels-based NGO Resource Matters in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, “but those contracts generate money for state companies and don’t contribute directly to the national budget.”

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