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President and CEO Barrick Gold Corporation, Mark Bristow

On 7 March 2018, a meeting took place between His Excellency President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the DRC and representatives of the mining industries at their request.

The purpose of the meeting was to clarify certain aspects of the new DRC Mining Code adopted by the two chambers of the Congolese parliament, which will be promulgated soon.

The representatives of the mining industry in the raised questions pertaining to their operations.

The President gave assurances that the questions raised will be resolved through discussions with the DRC Government, in the mining regulation to be adopted by the Government.

After a constructive debate, the mining operators agreed to continue discussions with the Government on issues existing in the current agreement once the new Mining Code has been signed into law.

Commenting on the statement, Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow said the company would start its engagement with the Government representatives next week.