The north-east corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to one of Africa’s richest goldfields, including Barrick Corporation’s Kibali gold mine – the largest gold mine in Africa. However, in recent years’ gold mining activities have contributed little to the overall prosperity of the nation due to the ongoing conflict and violence in the area, the scale of the mining activities – mainly artisanal, and the smuggling of gold to neighbouring countries.
Listen to a recording of the webinar hosted by DRC Mining Week and Mining Review Africa which explored the lucrative gold opportunities in the region, how best to overcome the challenges in accessing these ore bodies and what untapping these resources could do the DRC economy.
Key discussion points included:
- What is the potential for further mining gold mining in the North East of the DRC?
- Can joint venture agreements between juniors and majors fast track new gold developments?
- How can the government support junior mining companies in the development of gold exploration projects in the country?
- What role do juniors play in alleviating poverty through job creation within the local communities by tapping into new projects?
- Sharing of experiences by current gold mining juniors in the region.
- How to harness the potential of artisanal miners and integrate smaller operations in the value chain?
Lazarre Potier, Deputy Chief of Party of Zahabu Safi, a USAID-funded artisanal mining project in DRC
François Adao, Lawyer, Herbert Smith Freehills, France
Laura Cornish, Editor-in-Chief, Mining Review Africa, South Africa