COSOC-GL has organized training workshops for key stakeholders on OECD due diligence and the ICGLR regional certification mechanism

With the financial support from the Executive Secretariat of COSOC-GL, the DR Congo’s chapter has held decentralized workshops under the context of “Strengthening Supply Chain Actors’ capacity in the Monitoring and due diligence implementation in relation to the key requirements of the ICGLR Regional Certification Manual for Third Party Audits ” in 5 Eastern DRC provinces including Maniema, North Kivu, Tshopo, Tanganyika, Ituri and South Kivu.

The workshops were organized in August-October 2017 and were attended by key stakeholders involved directly or indirectly in the 3TG supply chain. These meetings were held in the provincial administrative towns and gathered the representatives of mining cooperatives, minerals traders and processing entities, Provincial Mining Divisions, SAESSCAM, CEEC, OCC, DGDA, the Provincial Ministries of Mines, the Ituri’s committee for environment and natural resources, Civil Society members, iTSCi  officers, IOM/Bunia and the Media.

In addition to these training sessions, COSOC-GL members in the provinces mentioned above have held sessions aiming at correcting mining sites monitoring reports with the technical support of the National Focal Person.

  1. Lessons learned
    – Despite the fact that the DRC has domesticated the Regional Certification Mechanism and the provisions of the OECD Due Diligence guide since 5 years, the content of these two instruments remains unknown by many public stakeholders, economic operators only civil society members;
    – Many stakeholder are still confusing traceability and due diligence. They go so far as to say that they are just synonymous words;
    – The workshops were short-lived to the point of having provoked a thirst for learning in many attendees;
    – Public stakeholders and economic operators have committed to implement due diligence;
    – A demonstration to further understand due diligence and the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism;
    – It is possible to have real responsible mineral supply chains in Eastern DR Congo;
    – The decentralized workshops were opportunities for sharing experiences amongst stakeholders from various horizons and had enhanced the visibility of COSOC-Gl and its partner IMPACT / PAC as well as the key actors in the mineral supply chain.
  2. Recommendations
    On the basis of the experience from decentralized workshops, it is recommended that the Executive Secretariat of COSOC-GL get support from the Partner (IMPACT) in order to:
    – enhance the decentralized workshop approach by going as far as in the mining areas;
    -organize train-the-trainers sessions in the Eastern DRC’s provinces on due diligence and the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism and facilitate their deployment to various mining areas. The pool of experts set up after the due diligence monitoring workshops can play this role of disseminating due diligence and the Regional Certification Mechanism training;
    – train again the members of COSOC-GL on the monitoring and reporting techniques in connection with COSOC-GL reporting tool;
    – improve COSOC GL monitoring reporting tool so as to make it more digested and easy to write.

It should be noted that the same workshops were held in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda under the leadership of their respective National Platforms. These activities are part of COSOC-GL 2016-2019 3 year program supported by the international NGO Impact (formerly known as Partnership Africa Canada or PAC), enabling civil society members to contribute substantially to regional and international efforts aiming to establish conflict-free mineral supply chains in the Great Lakes Region.


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samuel Bashimbeon12.12.17wrote:

Nous vous remercions pour ce grand travail; mais il faudra savoir que la fraude des minerais de 3T est à la case de départ il faut plus de plaidoyer de mobilisation de fonds pour arrêter cette hémorragie

Cyprien Biringingwaon12.12.17wrote:

Bonjour Kara !
Veuillez illustrer cet article par des photos prises lors des ateliers. Bon courage !

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