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Vol 59 No 4

Published 23rd February 2018


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila squeezes the miners

A row between government and mining companies over profits and taxes could escalate the country’s crisis

Western mining companies – led by Glencore and Randgold – are readying for battle with President Joseph Kabila over the government's plans to hike taxes and royalties on their operations. The two companies have been drawn into Congo-Kinshasa's fractious political scene as Kabila tries to extend his tenure. Due to step down in December 2016, Kabila has gradually stretched out his departure date with the direst consequences for security in the country and economic management.

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