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Gold and Cassiterite

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Governments of Uganda, Burundi and the United Arab Emirates about the gold and cassiterite trading network in those countries, in which the Rwandan Liberation Democratic Forces are involved. [HL559]

We have encouraged the Government of Burundi to exert tighter controls over their borders to prevent the illegal trade of natural resources by those companies identified by the Group of Experts’ report.

We have not made any representations to the Governments of Uganda or the United Arab Emirates in the past 18 months on the local gold and cassiterite trading networks.

In the Great Lakes region, the UK has been working with the respective revenue and trade authorities and regional economic entities. Through governance reform programmes and initiatives to support greater regional economic integration, we aim to make trade—including of minerals like gold and cassiterite—more accountable and formalised, in order to reduce smuggling and illegal trade. We believe that this support and dialogue is having a beneficial impact, although we recognise that it will take some time before trade in the region becomes fully regulated.