Democratic Republic of Congo has issued a six-month waiver to an export ban on copper focus, the Mining Minister stated in a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Congo, the world’s main producer of cobalt and Africa’s largest copper producer, banned exports of copper and cobalt concentrates in 2013 to encourage miners to course of and refine the ore within the nation.
However inadequate smelting capability has pushed it to repeatedly concern waivers. In August, the federal government granted an indefinite moratorium for all minerals exports besides copper focus, pending discussions with miners.
“This moratorium, which is able to finish on April 12, 2021, can solely be prolonged on the justification of a challenge for additional processing on web site,” Mines Minister Willy Kitobo Samsoni stated in a letter to different members of the federal government dated October 12.