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Q&A: What Lessons Can the DRC Learn From Ghana’s Experience Combatting Illegal Chinese Mining Activities?

File image of a Chinese miner detained following a raid by Ghanaian security forces near the Pra river as part of Operation Halt, a campaign to stop illegal mining.

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.

These events in the DRC mirror events in Ghana a few years back when the government formed an inter-ministerial task force to crack down on illegal foreign miners that nabbed and deported about 4,592 Chinese nationals in 2013.

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