Mining & Business Magazine :Between the new mining code and the soaring and then falling cobalt prices, this year has been a particularly rich one. Your first assessment in 2018?
Éric MONGA : The removal of the mining code has led to disputes with some miners. This mining code should allow more revenue for the State, mainly thanks to cobalt and other strategic minerals, which have seen their prices increase significantly compared to the past five years. Copper has also increased. Also, Congolese companies hope to have little more work and income thanks to this outbreak. The social sector would like to take a bit more advantage of this upturn.
It is the mixture of all this that has created this exceptional year in 2018. While some large companies (seven) have left the FEC, believing that it has not defended them much, many others (about fifty) remain and have appreciated the work done since the beginning of the mining code review process in 2013. The FEC defends companies in all professional segments, and this in accordance with the law.
However, production remained bullish. New investments have been and are being made and will mature within the next 12 to 24 months. That is more or less the assessment I can give.