WINDHOEK, Namibia The
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has banned the export of
all unrefined copper and cobalt concentrates in a renewed push
to support local value-added operations.
A ministry of mines directive
seen by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin
bans companies from exporting concentrates of both metals. The
directive was signed by mines minister Martin Kabwelulu and
finance minister Patrice Kitebi Kibol Mvul.
Companies operating in the
country have been asked to register all stockpiled material
with the mines ministry. Exporters now have 90 days to register
stockpiles and export existing stocks of concentrates.
It is unclear whether exports of
other cobalt productssuch as hydroxide and
carbonatealso will be banned.
Fleur Ritzema, London,
contributed to this story.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.