Economic operators in the mining sector in East Congo, incl the army and representatives of artisanal diggers, met to discuss issues at stake and challenges ahead now the temporary mining ban has been lifted.

On 16 March 2011, one week after the lifting of President Joseph Kabila's temporary ban on mining operations in the eastern provinces of the country (Maniema, North Kivu and South Kivu), the Standing committee for joint action in the mining sector, supported by the Pole Institute, met at the Utamaduni Centre. The purpose of the meeting was not so much to take stock of the consequences of the six month suspension but rather to analyse the issues at stake and the challenges the economic players in this sector will now have to face. Around the table that day were the economic operators in the mining sector, representatives from the public services, the army, researchers from North and South Kivu and delegates from the local cooperatives of artisanal diggers of Walikale.

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