US criticises “flawed” mining due diligence initiatives in DRC
Main image
DRC conflict
John van der Luit-Drummond, Editor
John van der Luit-Drummond, Editor

The global mining industry must tackle the illicit trade of rare earth metals used to fund the ongoing conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the US government has urged.

The DRC has one of the world’s richest deposits of rare metals, including diamonds, gold, tin, copper, cobalt, zinc, tantalum, and coltan, vital components used in electronic goods, including smartphones and electric vehicles, as well as in jewellery.