09 Feb '12, 12pm

Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

UK-listed Swiss commodities giant Glencore PLC recently announced a huge merger deal with miner Xstrata. As the preparations for the merger get underway though, there remain worrying and unresolved issues from Glencore’s little known Congo operations. In July 2011 Bloomberg reported about an opaque series of deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo involving two mines that Glencore operated and co-owned via subsidiaries. In September 2011 the story briefly made the news again , and in November UK MP Eric Joyce tried to bring the issue to the attention of the UK government. He presented documents suggesting that the deals, and three others like it involving several other companies, could have cost the citizens of the DRC $5.5 billion. What one Congo diplomat suggested could be the ‘treasury scandal of the year ’ has been largely underreported, and seems set to pass out of ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1235793/gl...

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