Identification / Description of the Country
Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly called Zaire) is a country that is located in Central Africa. This is a country that has a deep root in violence and bloodshed, yet at the same time it is rich in natural resources and minerals. It shares a common border with the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Democratic Republic of Congo was established as a Belgian colony in 1908 during the scramble for Africa by the European powers. This country was under the influence and dictatorship of the Belgian’s for fifty-two years, as it was not until 1960 did the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo achieve independence. This country is the fourth largest country in Africa in terms of population, there are seventy-five million people residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo according to a census that was gathered in July 2013. It is not only the fourth largest country in Africa, but it is also the twelfth largest country in the world by square kilometers, encompassing 2,344,858 square kilometers. Kinshasa is the capital city and the largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo; 8.798 million people inhabit this city. The official languages spoken are French and Kingwana (a blend of Kiswahili or Swahili).
A mineral that the Democratic Republic of Congo has vast wealth in is Columbite – tantalite, which is commonly referred to as coltan. Coltan is mined for the use in electronic devices. Some of these devices that coltan can be found in include: cellular phones, computers, jet engines, missiles, ships, and weapon systems. This mineral has an impact on our daily lives, without the mining of this vital resource; the digital and technological frontier would come to a halt. Sixty-four percent of the world’s coltan deposits are in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Coltan is found mostly in the area of mining camps in Kahuzi Biega National Park.
Corruption is an on-going issue throughout any developing nation, and even though it is a prevalent issue, there are many different ways of combating it. One of the most effective ways to do so is to work hand in hand with the government of the country. Based on reports generated by the Transparency International Census in 2013, the Democratic Republic of Congo was listed as being the 154th most corrupt country in the world, compared to 177 different countries.
We being a Canadian mining company based in the Democratic Republic of Congo want to bring in Canadian expertise on mining to this potentially resource rich country to benefit and facilitate the growing demand of companies that need coltan resource for their products. With this investment in Democratic Republic of Congo, we aim to improve the lives of the workers and the working conditions that they work in on a daily basis. By improving the lives of the...