DR Congo, UAE Sign Mining Deal.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) just signed a mining contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a joint venture which will involve the exploitation of the 3Ts minerals (Tantalum or Coltan, Tungsten, and Tin) in Kivu, the eastern parts of the country.

President Félix Tshisekedi was in attendance during the signing ceremony between state-owned firm Société aurifère du Kivu et du Maniema (Sakima SA) and Primera Mining, an Emirati company, contributing almost $2 billion to the project on Monday.

The Congolese President had earlier received a delegation from the United Arab Emirates led by Sheilk Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.

The partnership adds to already existing UAE mineral explorations in South Kivu province through the firm Primera Gold. 

“For me, it’s the love of the country and the Congolese people that comes first. Any project that comes along to transform the Congo will be welcome,” said Tshisekedi.

The Congolese president expressed the hope that this new partnership would be the start of a transformation for the Congolese people, particularly those in the east of the country who need to benefit from the natural resources of their region.

Tshisekedi says he wants to create more business opportunities in the Kivu region and the project from this partnership will avail a lot of opportunities, thereby reducing the crime rate in the region.

In June 2021, Rwanda and the DRC signed a cooperation partnership for gold mining.

At the time, President Félix Tshisekedi and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame stated that the aim was also “to deprive armed groups of income from gold mining in eastern Congo.”

Unfortunately, this partnership was later suspended in May 2022 between Sakima SA and the Rwandan company, Dither LTD, due to the resumption of the M23 war, which Kinshasa says is supported by Rwanda.

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