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Sunday, December 01, 2013 

Certificates required to export Rwandan ore

KIGALI, Rwanda--Rwanda is the first country in the Great Lakes Region to issue mineral export certificates which confirm traceability and transparency in the whole mining procress.
Recently Rutongo Mines in Rulindo district was the first to acquire a one year International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) certificate.
It was issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Another 15 mining companies are in the process of acquiring certificates.
These include New Bugarama Mining Company, Nyakabingo Wolfram Mines and Gifurwa Wolfram Mines.
“Such a move is meant to reduce on export of minerals from conflict areas and Rwanda here since she complies with the set of international regulations, this is why she managed to issue such certificates” Evode Imena the state minister for mining said.
He said such certificates will enable Rwanda trade minerals internationally even though it neighbours countries with problems related to mineral exportation.
“This again is beneficial to the miners in the country since their produce will at anytime get market when they give it out to their customers and therefore here business will be boosted,” Imena said.
He said, “Rwanda integrated the designed ICGLR mineral certification mechanism in its legal framework in April 2012 and this is why now it is actually implementing it.”
This certification works in a way that when minerals from a certain mine are tagged under the mineral tagging and traceability scheme, an ICGLR certificate is issued to accompany such exported minerals.
This creates order in the mineral business and limits problems for people dealing in the export of minerals.
Rwanda has managed to establish borders surveillance to reduce on mineral smuggling especially from the Democratic Republic of Congo where it has so far captured about 80 tonnes of tin being ferried to the DRC.
About 548 mines are found in Rwanda and these have tin ore, coltan ore and wolframite ore which minerals are most exported in the great lakes region.
“This is a good strategy which will help mines work in a more organised way,” Jean Malic Kalima the President of the mining association in Rwanda said.
He said the major problem they had with the new programme were the fees being charged when exporting minerals.
“We pay about $200 and $300 to export coltan or cassettirite and this is quite expensive for most miners in Rwanda,” he said.  He requested authorities for a price revision  highlighting that the sector employed about 35,000 people.

By Brian Coutinho, Sunday, December 01st, 2013