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Vol 48 No 11

Published 25th May 2007


Congo-Kinshasa

Dollars and mines

A new government-backed investigation into billions of dollars of mining contracts lacks openness and the time to do the job

The government's announcement last month that it will investigate about 60 mining contracts, agreed while civil wars raged from 1996 to 2003, risks disappointing everyone. Mining companies, especially those with political problems, fear that their contracts might be peremptorily cancelled. Civic activists say that some of the most corrupt deals could be rubber-stamped because of the process lacks transparency.

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