DRC mines minister N'Samba Kalambayi turning to Japan
DRC sent its mines minister and a Tshisekedi adviser to Japan seeking partners to bolster Congolese mining exploration.
Between accusations of conspiracy, fictitious expert reports and squabbles between departments, Lualaba's leaders have not stopped pulling each other apart after the seizure last year of a 40-tonne shipment of cobalt. At stake is the question of who will succeed Fifi Masuka Saini as head of the rich mining province after Governor Richard Muyej was ousted.
The procedure for exporting minerals from North and South Kivu is an administrative headache, a situation that the DRC employers' federation believes leads to smuggling of gold and the 3Ts to its neighbours. The organisation is calling for the creation of a single exports processing station.
Zoé Kabila, the brother of the ex-Congolese president, has grand ambitions for his term as governor of Tanganyika: to create the conditions for his province to become a DRC mining and industrial hub and thereby establish the family stronghold as a leading commercial player in the country.