Progress Report on Conflict Minerals, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, April 5, 2017   [open pdf - 947KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the April 5, 2017 hearing on "A Progress Report on Conflict Minerals" held before the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Rick Goss: "Numerous governments and credible independent observers report recent positive trends on breaking the links between armed groups and mining for 3T [tin, tantalum and tungsten] minerals. These officials note a significant reduction in the presence of armed groups -- including Congolese armed forces -- at 3T mining sites, largely due to increased transparency, monitoring, and control measures. Importantly, the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] government has increased its involvement by imposing greater controls, taxes, legal enforcement, and oversight. According to the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development], non-traceable exports of 3T trade at a discount of almost 30% compared to traceable materials." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Rick Goss, Mvemba Dizolele, and Arvind Ganesan.

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