GOMA, Congo (AP) — Buyers in eastern Congo say tin ore that was stockpiled because of a ban on minerals trading is now about to be exported.
Staffers at two Chinese export houses, Hua Ying and CMM, have confirmed that more than 400 tons of the ore is en route to the town of Goma, and they are ready to buy it.
These could be the first officially approved exports from the biggest tin mine in the country since mining was suspended there in 2010 amid concerns that it was funding conflict.
Authorities have announced an exemption for minerals extracted before the suspension.
The watchdog group Global Witness says it's not clear that the stockpiled minerals have not funded conflict.