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Illicit Gold Trade Thrives with Impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New report exposes how known traders and exporters are circumventing legal channels and pocketing massive profits from smuggled artisanal DRC gold

IMPACT’s (https://IMPACTTransform.org/en/) newest report reveals how the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) illicit gold trade continues to thrive despite efforts to clean up the sector. Traders and exporters who are legally registered in the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda are operating without apparent fear of sanction, even after being publicly named…

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First Responsible, Traceable, and Commercially-Viable Artisanal Gold Supply Chain Operational in Côte d’Ivoire

The Just Gold project is the first to successfully trace responsible artisanal gold from mine site to export according to international standards

After a first export of gold, IMPACT (https://IMPACTTransform.org/en/) and the European Union announced today that a traceability and due diligence system from mine site to the international market for artisanal gold from Côte d’Ivoire has been successfully implemented as part of the Just Gold project. The Just Gold project supports…

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India Turning a Blind Eye to Smuggled Gold

New report calls for more vigilance on gold entering and exiting India

IMPACT’s (www.IMPACTTransform.org) new report reveals India to be one of the largest gold smuggling hubs in the world. As a result, gold that is tied to conflict, human rights abuses, and corruption in Africa and South America is entering legal international markets through India. In its latest report, A Golden…

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“Consumers are Being Sold Something That’s Not Real”: Non-Profit Announces Departure from Conflict Diamonds Certification Scheme

Founding civil society member announces it is leaving Kimberley Process after reform year fails to produce any needed changes

The Canadian-based non-profit organization IMPACT (formerly Partnership Africa Canada) (www.ImpactTransform.org) today announced it is leaving the conflict diamond certification scheme known as the Kimberley Process. The announcement came at the end of the Kimberley Process Plenary held in Brisbane from December 9-14, during which members were to discuss and adopt…

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Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is now IMPACT: Organization with Offices in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo Takes on New Name

IMPACT develops and delivers innovative systems for the management of natural resources through technical assistance and capacity building

After 30 years, Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) has changed its name to IMPACT (https://IMPACTtransform.org) to more accurately reflect its work on natural resource management in areas where security and human rights are at risk. In October, the organization’s headquarters in Ottawa, Canada announced the name change and began collaborating with…

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Jeweller Completes First Export of Responsible & Conflict-Free Artisanal Gold from Eastern Congo to Canada

First time any consumer good will be made out of conflict-free artisanal gold from Congo that is fully traced from mine to consumer

Partnership Africa Canada (www.PACweb.org) and Fair Trade Jewellery Co. today announce the first export of conflict-free and traceable artisanal gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Canada. The milestone comes a month after Partnership Africa Canada announced the Just Gold project had implemented a system to trace legal and…

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First Responsible and Conflict-Free Artisanal Gold Supply Chain Operational in Eastern Congo

The Just Gold project is the first to successfully trace conflict-free and legal artisanal gold from mine site to export applying regional and international standards

Partnership Africa Canada (www.PACweb.org) today announced the Just Gold project has successfully implemented a system to trace legal and conflict-free artisanal gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Just Gold project began as a pilot in Ituri Province in 2015. Today’s announcement is a milestone for the project—moving it…

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Loopholes in Mali’s Export Tax Regime make it a Magnet for the Illicit Trade of Gold in West Africa

Due diligence on West African gold urged as new report reveals discrepancies in production and trade statistics between Mali and UAE

Mali’s taxation practices applicable to gold exports have turned the country into West Africa’s illicit gold trading hub, Partnership Africa Canada (www.PACweb.org) said in a report published today. The report, The West African El Dorado: Mapping the Illicit Trade of Gold in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso, investigates challenges…

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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

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 (www.PACweb.org) said in a report published today. The full report can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/fromconflicttoillicit The report, From Conflict…

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Civil Society Boycotts Conflict Diamonds Certification Scheme

Appointing UAE as Chair of Kimberley Process is "Red Line"

Civil society organizations who sit as members of a conflict diamond certification scheme, announced today they will boycott the Kimberley Process in 2016 in response to the upcoming chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates. The 11 members of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition called the chairmanship crossing a "red…