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To preserve US and German strategic interests

November 26, 2008

Infoguerre posted some days ago a brief paper on coltan written by a student, in part completion of the Masters on Economic Intelligence Strategy hold by the Ecole de Guerre Economique.

As the report shows, 60 to 80 % of coltan worlwide lies in congolese soil, while the main multinational companies manufacturing this mineral are HC Starck (Germany), Cabot Corp, Kemet Corp and Vishay Intertechnology (USA). These companies lead coltan refinement, the key process providing added value to the product.

The report also lucidly talks about the deal announced by the Government of Congo and China on September 17, 2007, arguably the trigger of the chain of events that has finally submurged North Kivu in the current humanitarian crisis.

You can download the report here.

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