Watchdog Report Calls China’s Infrastructure Deal with Congo ‘Unconscionable’

Watchdog Report Calls China’s Infrastructure Deal with Congo ‘Unconscionable’

A draft report from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a Norway-based international watchdog for the oil, gas, and mineral industries, called China’s 2008 infrastructure deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “unconscionable” and advised the current DRC government to take steps to mitigate the damage.

The as-yet unpublished report, seen by Reuters on Friday, concerns a deal made by former DRC President Joseph Kabila in 2008. The agreement essentially involved swapping Congo’s mineral profits for Chinese-built infrastructure projects, including roads and hospitals.

The DRC’s cobalt and copper mines are run by a huge Chinese-Congolese joint venture called Sicomines, while the infrastructure was supposed to be constructed by Chinese state-owned enterprises called SinoHydro Corp. and China Railway Group Ltd.

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