JUN 2014

Completion of CFTI Pilot and Transition to new initiative, Scaling Up Mineral Trade

The pilot officially concluded in June 2014, after demonstrating that it is possible to provide a reliable, traceable supply of conflict-free minerals to the international market from some of the most volatile and complex places in the world.

While the pilot has reached its official conclusion, conflict free tin production from DRC continues. In August 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MFA) announced a three-year project with Pact and iTSCi. This joint initiative will enable iTSCi to increase the inclusion of tin, tantalum, and tungsten mines by approximately 25%, the number of trained government representatives by roughly 33%, and improve data collection and strengthen capacity of local stakeholders to monitor the integrity of the system. The project also aims to maximize the benefits available to local participants from the exploitation of mineral resources through training in literacy, savings, and business management, as well as raising awareness of safety issues and supporting women’s representation and opportunities in the sector. For more detail, visit iTSCi’s website.