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Archaic mining techniques besetting DRC’s diamond industry - Report

09 september 2009

A report on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining industry for the third quarter of the year says the country’s use of archaic mining techniques has restricted possible growth in the diamond sector.
It noted that although DRC was the world's third largest diamond producer in terms of output, the country was ranked only seventh in terms of value as the bulk of diamond mining was artisanal.
“Outbreaks of violence and civil unrest, and the looting of minerals and precious stones by armed militia continue to drain the country's rich natural resources,” it said.
The report also noted that all mineral deposits in the DRC were state-owned , adding that although things looked up after the formation of a new government following the 2006 elections, analysts do not expect the macroeconomic and political environment to stabilise any time soon.
 “Although multinational miners have started investing in the country's mineral and metals sector, the physical infrastructure remains extremely poor or even nonexistent at times,” it said.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished from Namibia