Press Releases

Conflict Diamonds from CAR Entering International Markets via Cameroon

Kimberley Process must act after new report reveals shortfalls in Cameroon's traceability procedures create opportunities for smuggling and corruption

Ottawa, Canada—December 2, 2016

Cameroon is allowing conflict diamonds from the Central African Republic to cross over its borders and into the legal supply chain due to poor controls, smuggling and corruption, Partnership Africa Canada said in a report published today.

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Despite Last Minute Overtures, Civil Society Boycotts Conflict Diamond Meeting in Dubai

"Rigour" Needed in Kimberley Process Chair's Newest Proposals

Ottawa, Canada—November 10, 2016

Civil society who are members of a conflict diamond certification scheme have declined an invitation to end their boycott and attend the upcoming Kimberley Process Plenary meeting held in Dubai from November 13-17.

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Civil Society under Attack in Liberia: Green Advocates Staff in Hiding after Threats from Police

(Ottawa—November 4, purchase 2016)

Partnership Africa Canada is calling on the Liberian government to immediately ensure the safety and security of staff of a national civil society organization promoting natural resource governance—Green Advocates—after threats have forced its members to go into hiding.

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Democratic Republic of Congo Recognizes Partnership Africa Canada’s Just Gold Pilot Project in a Memorandum of Understanding

(October 11, 2016 - Ottawa, Canada / Kinshasa, Democratic Repubic of Congo)

Partnership Africa Canada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Mines defining its areas of cooperation to strengthen natural resource governance.

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Workshop in Ituri Aims to Strengthen Certification Efforts for Conflict Minerals

(March 22, 2016 – Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo / Ottawa, Canada)

Provincial policymakers, mining officials, exporters, and civil society are meeting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province to strengthen their efforts to implement traceability and certification for conflict-prone minerals.

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First Congolese Gold Exporter Takes Decisive Action to Carry out Due Diligence: Opens its Doors to International Markets

(February 15, 2016 – Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo / Ottawa, Canada)

A gold exporter in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province is the first in the country to attempt to implement international due diligence standards, as they apply to artisanal gold, and move towards complying with regional certification.

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