Coltan from Central Africa, international trade and implications for any certification
AbstractThe exploitation of coltan in Central Africa can be considered a case of conflict minerals due to its nature. Many international organizations and bodies, national governments and private sector organizations seek to address this conflict, in particular via transparency, certification and accountability along the material supply chain. This paper analyses the international trade dimension of coltan and gives evidence on the dimension of illicit trade of coltan. The authors start from the hypothesis that illicit trade of coltan sooner or later will enter the market and will be reflected in the statistics. The paper is structured in the following manner: first, a short section gives a profile of coltan production and markets; second, an overview of the mining situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and related actors. The third section addresses mechanisms, actors and measurement issues involved in the international trade of coltan. The final part draws lessons for certification and conflict analysis and offers some guidance for future research.
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Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
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Coltan; Certification; Central Africa; Raw materials conflict; International trade;
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- Raimund Bleischwitz & Monika Dittrich & Chiara Pierdicca, 2012. "Coltan from Central Africa, International Trade and Implications for Any Certification," Bruges European Economic Policy Briefings 23, European Economic Studies Department, College of Europe.
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