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Vol 6 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2013


Congo-Kinshasa

Too great expectations

The Sicomines deposits contain smaller copper reserves than predicted and some detect deep problems in the partnership with China

In early May, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon sent shockwaves through Kinshasa when he told the United Nations-backed Radio Okapi that the partnership between Congo-Kinshasa and China had run into 'a problem that needs to be examined in depth'. In general, the terms of the state's main partnership with Chinese companies are being reduced due to concern about smaller than expected ore reserves and also the wariness of Chinese financiers.

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