• Why Isn't Congo as Rich as Saudi Arabia? Massive Tax Evasion

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen lives on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are diging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search their fair share of the countries natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies who benefit from the countries resources it is proving difficult to actually collect the money that is owed. Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explained that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the countries natural wealth start paying their fare share, many average citizens will have to continue digging t...

    published: 25 Jul 2014
  • DR Congo street food industry booming amidst an economic crisis

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has been mired by economic hardship for years. A fall in commodity prices that hit the country's mining industry led to mass job losses and sparked an economic crisis in mid-2015. In an effort to cope with the current situation, residents in the country's capital, Kinshasa have turned to cheaper alternatives to feed themselves and their families, but with - at a hygienic cost. Here's more on that story.

    published: 12 Feb 2017
  • Special report : Inside the Congo cobalt mines that exploit children

    It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost. A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in dangerous and squalid conditions in Cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for as little as 8p a day. Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford reports. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews and https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews For more content go to http://news.sky.com and download our apps: iPad https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/Sky-News-for-iPad/id422583124 iPhone htt...

    published: 27 Feb 2017
  • Troubles at Banro Gold Mine in Eastern Congo

    Canadian mining company Banro has encountered challenges at its industrial gold mine in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with locals complaining of displacement and a lack of jobs for area workers. Photo: Phil Moore for The Wall Street Journal Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Follow WSJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wsjvideo Follow WSJ on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wsj/posts Follow WSJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJvideo Follow WSJ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/wsj Follow WSJ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wsj/

    published: 04 Nov 2015
  • Business Incorporated: Commodities Prices Threatens Mining Industry In Congo

    For more information log on to http://www.channelstv.com

    published: 07 Jul 2016
  • Geography Now! CONGO (Democratic republic)

    Here we go! Our first set of twin countries. The CONGOS are here! Let's talk about the big guy first. http://facebook.com/GeographyNowFanpage http://instagram.com/GeographyNow_Official http://twitter.com/GeographyNow Become a patron! Donate anything and Get exclusive behind the scenes footage! All profits go towards helping my dad and his medical costs/ parent's living expenses since they are no longer working and need support. http://patreon.com/GeographyNow

    published: 29 Mar 2016
  • Congo calling back: Bandi Mbubi at TEDxExeter

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Bandi Mbubi's talk at TEDxExeter 2012 was featured on TED.com. He has returned with an update about his work with the Congo Calling campaign, and how our actions are beginning to make a difference. Congo Calling was launched at TEDxExeter 2012 following Bandi Mbubi's powerful call for the development of fair trade technology which uses ethically-sourced, conflict-free minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We are delighted to welcome Bandi back to TEDxExeter to share the many successes of Congo Calling and his vision for the campaign. "My wish is to convince everyone to do one simple thing: to insist on fairly traded mobile phones, tablets, and games consoles, and in so doing, t...

    published: 29 Apr 2014
  • Jew that made billions on Blood Diamonds and Congo's minerals

    Gertler Earns Billions in Congo Cut-Price Deals

    published: 13 Feb 2013
  • Congo: support programme for agro-food industries in Central Africa - the Bayo dairy factory

    The Bayo dairy factory, located in the surroundings of Brazzaville, has benefitted from a programme of support to agro-food enterprises in Central Africa, led by the CDE, aimed at improving the quality of production and access to markets. In this framework, the staff was trained and a manual of quality and procedures was produced, thus enabling to improve the manufacturing and hygiene processes.

    published: 25 Sep 2014
  • tt1 - TIMBER PROCESSING EXPERIENCE - CONGO BASIN

    THE tt1 TEAM HAS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED AND OBTAINED SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE AND POSITIVE RESULTS IN REFORESTATION, LOGGING, FORESTRY, WOOD INDUSTRY SINCE TWENTY YEARS, IN RAINFOREST, ESPECIALLY IN AFRICA... THE tt1 GROUP INTEND TO PROVE THAT IT IS INDEED POSSIBLE TO GENERATE LONG-TERM PROFITABILITY BY ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY JUST RAIN FOREST MANAGEMENT. ITS COMMITMENT IS ACCOMPANIED BY ADVISORY, CONSULTING, INVESTMENTS IN COMPETITIVE AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES AIMED AT BUILD UP A SUSTAINABLE AND ECONOMICALLY PROFITABLE LOCAL WOOD INDUSTRY. THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY THAT SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT HELPS TROPICAL FORESTS IS BY MAINTAINING THE VALUE OF THE FOREST. THIS CALLS FOR MANAGING AND EXPLOITING THE FORESTS TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL INDUSTRIES CAN THRIVE AND FOR MAKING TROPICAL WOOD PROCESSIN...

    published: 07 Jan 2013
  • BLOOD DIAMONDS--The True Story.

    Blood Diamonds, The True Story Documentary of Sierra Leone, Angola, and the Republic of the Congo.

    published: 24 Dec 2011
  • CONGO BANGO| EP # 01 [ 13-01-2017 ]

    Official Youtube Channel of AVT Khyber TV. First Pashto Entertainment TV Channel of Pakistan. Watch Latest Pashto Dramas, Pashto Music Videos, Pashto Comedy and Latest Updates from Pashto Showbiz Industry. Join our Website http://www.avtkhyber.tv Jjoin Official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/khybertv

    published: 14 Jan 2017
  • Thousands continue to flee violence in DR Congo's Kasai region

    Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN In tonight's edition: we report from DR Congo's Kasai region, where thousands continue to flee violence. Also, the opposition in Rwanda prepares to battle against incumbent Paul Kagame in the upcoming presidential election. Finally, is piracy plaguing the African film industry? In Rwanda, presidential election campaigning kicks off ahead of polls on August 4. Three candidates, including incumbent Paul Kagame, are vying for their country's top job. Also, continuing violence in DR Congo's Kasai region has led thousands of people to flee. Our correspondent travels to the town of Idiofa, where 3,000 people have already sought refuge. And finally, 183 million euros i...

    published: 14 Jul 2017
  • The Oil & Gas Year Republic of Congo 2016 Strategic Roundtable

    On November 18, 2015, The Oil & Gas Year held its first annual strategic roundtable to discuss developments in the Republic of Congo’s oil and gas industry. The event was held in the coastal town of Pointe-Noire, the centre for hydrocarbons activity. The roundtable brought together members of the private and public sectors, including officials from the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and managing directors from the country’s top-producing oil and gas operators. Representatives were present from national oil company Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, Total E&P Congo, Eni Congo and Perenco to discuss the future of the industry. Topics included perspectives on and lessons learned from the fall in oil prices, the strategy behind a 2016 bid round for offshore and onshore acreage, revisions to th...

    published: 30 Jun 2016
  • Your Smartphone Was Made By Child Slave Labor - Congo Cobalt Mines

    Your Smartphone Is Powered by Child Labor at Cobalt Mines in Africa. Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused several tech and auto industry giants of turning a blind eye to child labor. In a damning report released on Tuesday, the organization found that major brands, including Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen, were allowing cobalt mined by children into their products. Cobalt — a metallic element that is found mostly in minerals — is a key component in the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, and electric cars. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in central Africa, is the world's top cobalt producer, accounting for more than half of the planet's supply. According to the DRC's government, 20 percent of t...

    published: 15 Jul 2017
  • Digging for Gold: Conflict in The Congo - Equator - BBC

    Simon visits the Congo to see the conflicts surrounding the gold-digging industry first hand. Subscribe to the BBC Worldwide channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=BBCWorldwide BBC Worldwide Channel: http://www.youtube.com/BBCWorldwide This is a channel from BBC Worldwide who help fund new BBC programmes.

    published: 02 Jan 2015
Why Isn't Congo as Rich as Saudi Arabia? Massive Tax Evasion

Why Isn't Congo as Rich as Saudi Arabia? Massive Tax Evasion

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  • Updated: 25 Jul 2014
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen lives on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are diging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search their fair share of the countries natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies who benefit from the countries resources it is proving difficult to actually collect the money that is owed. Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explained that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the countries natural wealth start paying their fare share, many average citizens will have to continue digging through the mud to get by. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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DR Congo street food industry booming amidst an economic crisis

DR Congo street food industry booming amidst an economic crisis

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  • Updated: 12 Feb 2017
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has been mired by economic hardship for years. A fall in commodity prices that hit the country's mining industry led to mass job losses and sparked an economic crisis in mid-2015. In an effort to cope with the current situation, residents in the country's capital, Kinshasa have turned to cheaper alternatives to feed themselves and their families, but with - at a hygienic cost. Here's more on that story.
https://wn.com/Dr_Congo_Street_Food_Industry_Booming_Amidst_An_Economic_Crisis
Special report : Inside the Congo cobalt mines that exploit children

Special report : Inside the Congo cobalt mines that exploit children

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  • Updated: 27 Feb 2017
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It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost. A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in dangerous and squalid conditions in Cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for as little as 8p a day. Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford reports. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews and https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews For more content go to http://news.sky.com and download our apps: iPad https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/Sky-News-for-iPad/id422583124 iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-news/id316391924?mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bskyb.skynews.android&hl=en_GB
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Troubles at Banro Gold Mine in Eastern Congo

Troubles at Banro Gold Mine in Eastern Congo

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  • Updated: 04 Nov 2015
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Canadian mining company Banro has encountered challenges at its industrial gold mine in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with locals complaining of displacement and a lack of jobs for area workers. Photo: Phil Moore for The Wall Street Journal Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Follow WSJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wsjvideo Follow WSJ on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wsj/posts Follow WSJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJvideo Follow WSJ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/wsj Follow WSJ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wsj/
https://wn.com/Troubles_At_Banro_Gold_Mine_In_Eastern_Congo
Business Incorporated: Commodities Prices Threatens Mining Industry In Congo

Business Incorporated: Commodities Prices Threatens Mining Industry In Congo

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  • Updated: 07 Jul 2016
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For more information log on to http://www.channelstv.com
https://wn.com/Business_Incorporated_Commodities_Prices_Threatens_Mining_Industry_In_Congo
Geography Now! CONGO (Democratic republic)

Geography Now! CONGO (Democratic republic)

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  • Updated: 29 Mar 2016
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Here we go! Our first set of twin countries. The CONGOS are here! Let's talk about the big guy first. http://facebook.com/GeographyNowFanpage http://instagram.com/GeographyNow_Official http://twitter.com/GeographyNow Become a patron! Donate anything and Get exclusive behind the scenes footage! All profits go towards helping my dad and his medical costs/ parent's living expenses since they are no longer working and need support. http://patreon.com/GeographyNow
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Congo calling back: Bandi Mbubi at TEDxExeter

Congo calling back: Bandi Mbubi at TEDxExeter

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  • Updated: 29 Apr 2014
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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Bandi Mbubi's talk at TEDxExeter 2012 was featured on TED.com. He has returned with an update about his work with the Congo Calling campaign, and how our actions are beginning to make a difference. Congo Calling was launched at TEDxExeter 2012 following Bandi Mbubi's powerful call for the development of fair trade technology which uses ethically-sourced, conflict-free minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We are delighted to welcome Bandi back to TEDxExeter to share the many successes of Congo Calling and his vision for the campaign. "My wish is to convince everyone to do one simple thing: to insist on fairly traded mobile phones, tablets, and games consoles, and in so doing, transform an industry and the world. The illegal trade in minerals for these devices has fuelled two decades of violent war in my home country, the DRC, and in so many others, but one small action by many could help end the violence." — Bandi Mbubi, July 2013. http://www.ted.com/talks/bandi_mbubi_demand_a_fair_trade_cell_phone https://twitter.com/BandiMbubi https://twitter.com/CongoCalling At TEDxExeter 2014 our speakers and performers connected us with other worlds. Our talks exposed corruption in big business, shared effective approaches to tackling social inequality and gave a voice to those whose human rights are under threat. We explored the impact of fast changing technologies on all our lives. We journeyed through fire and forest to frozen landscapes. We were challenged to consider worlds of extremes, cutting edge controversies and risky opportunities. Video Production Chromatrope (http://chromatrope.co.uk/) Production Manager Andy Robertson (http://www.youtube.com/familygamertv) About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Jew that made billions on Blood Diamonds and Congo's minerals

Jew that made billions on Blood Diamonds and Congo's minerals

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  • Duration: 4:08
  • Updated: 13 Feb 2013
  • views: 34238
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Gertler Earns Billions in Congo Cut-Price Deals
https://wn.com/Jew_That_Made_Billions_On_Blood_Diamonds_And_Congo's_Minerals
Congo: support programme for agro-food industries in Central Africa - the Bayo dairy factory

Congo: support programme for agro-food industries in Central Africa - the Bayo dairy factory

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  • Updated: 25 Sep 2014
  • views: 318
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The Bayo dairy factory, located in the surroundings of Brazzaville, has benefitted from a programme of support to agro-food enterprises in Central Africa, led by the CDE, aimed at improving the quality of production and access to markets. In this framework, the staff was trained and a manual of quality and procedures was produced, thus enabling to improve the manufacturing and hygiene processes.
https://wn.com/Congo_Support_Programme_For_Agro_Food_Industries_In_Central_Africa_The_Bayo_Dairy_Factory
tt1 - TIMBER PROCESSING EXPERIENCE - CONGO BASIN

tt1 - TIMBER PROCESSING EXPERIENCE - CONGO BASIN

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  • Updated: 07 Jan 2013
  • views: 10777
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THE tt1 TEAM HAS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED AND OBTAINED SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE AND POSITIVE RESULTS IN REFORESTATION, LOGGING, FORESTRY, WOOD INDUSTRY SINCE TWENTY YEARS, IN RAINFOREST, ESPECIALLY IN AFRICA... THE tt1 GROUP INTEND TO PROVE THAT IT IS INDEED POSSIBLE TO GENERATE LONG-TERM PROFITABILITY BY ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY JUST RAIN FOREST MANAGEMENT. ITS COMMITMENT IS ACCOMPANIED BY ADVISORY, CONSULTING, INVESTMENTS IN COMPETITIVE AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES AIMED AT BUILD UP A SUSTAINABLE AND ECONOMICALLY PROFITABLE LOCAL WOOD INDUSTRY. THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY THAT SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT HELPS TROPICAL FORESTS IS BY MAINTAINING THE VALUE OF THE FOREST. THIS CALLS FOR MANAGING AND EXPLOITING THE FORESTS TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL INDUSTRIES CAN THRIVE AND FOR MAKING TROPICAL WOOD PROCESSING FOR EXPORT THE BASIS OF THE LOCAL WOOD INDUSTRY. INTERNATIONALLY, APPROXIMATELY 126 MILLION CUBIC METERS OF TROPICAL WOOD ARE PRODUCED EACH YEAR. OF THIS AMOUNT, 64 PERCENT COMES FROM ASIA, 26 PERCENT FROM LATIN AMERICA AND TEN PERCENT FROM AFRICA. IN THE CONGO BASIN, FOR INSTANCE, AROUND 0.5 CUBIC METERS PER HECTARE OF FORESTED AREA ARE LOGGED IN 2003, 1.0 CUBIC METER IN THE USA AND 2.5 CUBIC METERS OF WOOD PER HECTARE OF FOREST IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. WHILE IN EUROPE, LOGGING IS ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FOR INDUSTRIAL USE, IN THE CONGO BASIN 87% OF THE TIMBER IS HARVESTED BY THE LOCAL POPULATION FOR FUELWOOD (2). DEFORESTATION IN THE CONGO BASIN IS MOSTLY DUE TO CONVERSION OF FOREST TO AGRICULTURE. INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD HARVEST PER HA OF FORESTED AREA IN THE CONGO BASIN REPRESENTED IN 2005 ONLY ABOUT 0,06 M3 / HA. SINCE THE YEAR 1960, THE LOCAL LOGGING COMPANIES FELLS ON AVERAGE ONE TREES PER ONE HA. ***tt1™ Group Copyright 2013 © All rights reserved***
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BLOOD DIAMONDS--The True Story.

BLOOD DIAMONDS--The True Story.

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  • Updated: 24 Dec 2011
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videos https://wn.com/Blood_Diamonds_The_True_Story.
CONGO BANGO| EP # 01 [ 13-01-2017 ]

CONGO BANGO| EP # 01 [ 13-01-2017 ]

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  • Updated: 14 Jan 2017
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Official Youtube Channel of AVT Khyber TV. First Pashto Entertainment TV Channel of Pakistan. Watch Latest Pashto Dramas, Pashto Music Videos, Pashto Comedy and Latest Updates from Pashto Showbiz Industry. Join our Website http://www.avtkhyber.tv Jjoin Official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/khybertv
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Thousands continue to flee violence in DR Congo's Kasai region

Thousands continue to flee violence in DR Congo's Kasai region

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  • Updated: 14 Jul 2017
  • views: 861
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Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN In tonight's edition: we report from DR Congo's Kasai region, where thousands continue to flee violence. Also, the opposition in Rwanda prepares to battle against incumbent Paul Kagame in the upcoming presidential election. Finally, is piracy plaguing the African film industry? In Rwanda, presidential election campaigning kicks off ahead of polls on August 4. Three candidates, including incumbent Paul Kagame, are vying for their country's top job. Also, continuing violence in DR Congo's Kasai region has led thousands of people to flee. Our correspondent travels to the town of Idiofa, where 3,000 people have already sought refuge. And finally, 183 million euros is the estimated annual shortfall for the African audiovisual sector, owing to piracy. As the Yaoundé film festival approaches, the fight against copyright infringement is taking centre stage. http://www.france24.com/en/taxonomy/emission/20464 Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en
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The Oil & Gas Year Republic of Congo 2016 Strategic Roundtable

The Oil & Gas Year Republic of Congo 2016 Strategic Roundtable

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  • Duration: 4:11
  • Updated: 30 Jun 2016
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On November 18, 2015, The Oil & Gas Year held its first annual strategic roundtable to discuss developments in the Republic of Congo’s oil and gas industry. The event was held in the coastal town of Pointe-Noire, the centre for hydrocarbons activity. The roundtable brought together members of the private and public sectors, including officials from the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and managing directors from the country’s top-producing oil and gas operators. Representatives were present from national oil company Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, Total E&P Congo, Eni Congo and Perenco to discuss the future of the industry. Topics included perspectives on and lessons learned from the fall in oil prices, the strategy behind a 2016 bid round for offshore and onshore acreage, revisions to the country’s outdated hydrocarbons code and the role that natural gas can play in Congo’s energy mix.
https://wn.com/The_Oil_Gas_Year_Republic_Of_Congo_2016_Strategic_Roundtable
Your Smartphone Was Made By Child Slave Labor - Congo Cobalt Mines

Your Smartphone Was Made By Child Slave Labor - Congo Cobalt Mines

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  • Updated: 15 Jul 2017
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Your Smartphone Is Powered by Child Labor at Cobalt Mines in Africa. Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused several tech and auto industry giants of turning a blind eye to child labor. In a damning report released on Tuesday, the organization found that major brands, including Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen, were allowing cobalt mined by children into their products. Cobalt — a metallic element that is found mostly in minerals — is a key component in the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, and electric cars. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in central Africa, is the world's top cobalt producer, accounting for more than half of the planet's supply. According to the DRC's government, 20 percent of the cobalt exported by country is extracted from mines in the southern province of Katanga. Much of the cobalt mined in the region is sold to Congo Dongfang Mining International (CDM), a company owned by Chinese mineral company Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Company Ltd (Huayou Cobalt), which the Amnesty report describes as one of the world's leading manufacturers of cobalt products. According to Amnesty, the components produced by Huayou Cobalt are then sold on to battery manufacturers in China and South Korea, who, in turn, supply some of the world's top electronics companies. A 2014 report by children's rights agency UNICEF found that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in southern DRC, and that many of them were involved in the mining of cobalt. 'There is lots of dust, it is very easy to catch colds, and we hurt all over.' Amnesty said its report was researched jointly with DRC-based NGO African Resources Watch (Afrewatch). The report is based on interviews of miners working at four sites in the DRC. As part of their investigation, researchers spoke to 17 children, ages 9 to 17. One child said he started working at the mine when he was 7. Most of the children interviewed by Amnesty worked above ground, collecting ore and sorting through rocks, which they then washed in streams and lakes around the mines. The children described working gruelling, 12-hour shifts in the extreme heat or in the rain, often for no more than 1,000 to 2,000 Congolese Francs ($1-$2) per day. Some of them explained that their school day was bookended with shifts at the mine, and that they also worked weekends and during the holidays. Paul, 14, told researchers he also worked underground in the mines, often spending up to 24 hours at a time in unsafe tunnels. "I arrived in the morning and would leave the following morning," he said. Researchers found that the vast majority of workers in the DRC's mines handle cobalt without wearing any protective gear, such as gloves or facemasks, despite the known dangers of chronic exposure to cobalt dust. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that extended exposure to cobalt dust can result in "respiratory sensitization, asthma, shortness of breath," as well as dermatitis and a serious condition known as "hard metal lung disease." Amnesty said the children they interviewed complained of frequent illness. "There is lots of dust, it is very easy to catch colds, and we hurt all over," Dany, a 15-year-old miner, told the watchdog. Amnesty also found that many of the underage miners were malnourished and subjected to "physical abuse, sexual exploitation and violence." Many of the children endured regular beatings at the hands of security guards, who also extorted them for a cut of their earnings. "They asked for money, but we didn't have any... They grabbed my friend and pushed her into a tank containing diesel oil," said Mathy, who told researchers she was 12 at the time of the incident. In a response published as an annex to the report, Apple said that underage labor was "never tolerated in our supply chain and we are proud to have led the industry in pioneering new safeguards." The company said that it was "actively looking for any violations." Microsoft said that it did not "tolerate the use of child, involuntary or forced labor" in its supply chain, but added that it was "unable to say with absolute assurance" whether cobalt in its products could be traced back to ore in the Katanga region. Samsung SDI noted that "up until now, there has been no case of child labor violations reported or detected from Samsung's SDI's plants or suppliers." But like Microsoft, the Korean company also said that it could not determine whether its cobalt supplies originated in Katanga. Music: Road of Fortunes by Dhruva Aliman https://dhruvaaliman.bandcamp.com/album/road-of-fortunes http://www.dhruvaaliman.com/
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Digging for Gold: Conflict in The Congo - Equator - BBC

Digging for Gold: Conflict in The Congo - Equator - BBC

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  • Updated: 02 Jan 2015
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Simon visits the Congo to see the conflicts surrounding the gold-digging industry first hand. Subscribe to the BBC Worldwide channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=BBCWorldwide BBC Worldwide Channel: http://www.youtube.com/BBCWorldwide This is a channel from BBC Worldwide who help fund new BBC programmes.
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