RUSSIA CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Issue dated 14/07/2021

Bangui sparks fears of Russian hand in planned diamond trade nationalisation

Ndassima gold mine near Djoubissi, north of Bambari, Central African Republic.
Ndassima gold mine near Djoubissi, north of Bambari, Central African Republic. © Siegfried Modola/Reuters
The Central African Republic is preparing to overhaul its mining legislation. At the heart of the long-awaited reform is the creation of a controversial entity in control of all buying and selling of precious stones. The project has angered many players in the sector, who see Russian interests at work. [...] (940 words)
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