Archive - dec 27, 2008

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Mining the east

Mining the untold mineral wealth in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has its hazards for business interests.  First you have to convince the government to issue you a concession.  Then armed men may or may not shoot at you as you begin operations.  Along the way you have to make friends with the right people--not just investors but government officials, military commanders, and clans in the region.