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DRC: Cobalt Supply Chain Pressures Rising

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As the DRC seemingly heads towards elections slated for 23 December this year (see The DRC: No Pressure, No Problem), the only other topic as popular as Kabila’s succession or candidacy in business circles is the flurry of mining activity in the country. Government contract renegotiations, miners’ volatile stock prices, disputes and injunctions, the upturn in commodity prices and reputation-damaging NGO investigations have all dragged the DRC’s mining industry back into the international limelight.

In this note we explore the increased scrutiny of cobalt mining supply chains in the DRC. Click here to download the article.

About the authors
Adrian Fielding is a senior consultant in africapractice’s Intelligence & Analysis team. In this role, he advises clients on political, regulatory and reputational risks associated with market entry or transactions with counterparties in sub-Saharan Africa. Based in Casablanca, he covers Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

Elliott O’Carroll is an associate consultant in africapractice’s London office. He works with the Intelligence & Analysis and Communications teams and has undertaken a wide range of assignments for government and private sector clients across the continent.

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