The Executive Chair and CEO of DMCC, and former Chair of the Kimberley Process Ahmed Bin Sulayem travelled to the DRC on July 17, 2019, to see firsthand the positive impact of DDI’s activities in the country. Mr Bin Sulayem kicked off his visit with meetings in Kinshasa with DDI’s partners in the DRC, notably Mr. Dieudone Bebel, Coordinator of the President of DRC, his Excellency Mr. Henri Yav Mulang, Minister of Mines, and Mr. Pascal Nyembo Muyumba, Director of the Centre of Expertise, Evaluation and Certification (CEEC). Additionally, towards furthering the DMCC’s engagement in the DRC Mr. Bin Sulayem met with representatives of the Société Anhui-Congo d’Investissement Minier (SACIM), as well as the national office of cafe (ONC).
Left to right: Maurice Miema, Chair of the Working Group on Artisanal and Alluvial Production (WGAAP); Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chair and CEO of DMCC; Dieudonne Lobo Bebel, Coordinator of the President of DRC; Dorothee Gizenga, DDI.
Right side of table – from far end left : Dorothee Gizenga, DDI; Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chair and CEO of DMCC + delegates; Kogi Gizenga, Precious Minerals.
Mr. Bin Sulayem then travelled to Mbuji-Mayi, in the Kasai Oriental. The province is home to DDI’s High School Support Program (HSSP), and a cooperative of artisanal miners supported by DDI.
HSSP provides access to education to 112 children from artisanal mining communities. Children must travel impracticable roads or impossible distances to reach the closest school. DDI provides classrooms, furniture, uniforms, school materials and meals to the students, as well as clothing and materials to teachers. The following pictures highlights Mr. Bin Sulayem’s visit to a town near Mbuji-Mayi, one of the communities that’s home to a school supported by HSSP.
DDI helps organize registered artisanal miners into associations and supports them to become democratic and financially autonomous organizations. DDI accompanies cooperatives through the legalization process, from miner registration to provincial and national licensing of cooperatives, to the granting of an artisanal mining zone for mining operations. The following pictures are from Mr. Bin Sulayem’s visit of an artisanal mining cooperative.