The Democratic Republic of Congo will declare cobalt a strategic metal, imposing a 10 percent royalty tax on producers.
China Molybdenum Mining News
The government considers minerals with the "strategic" designation important for the economic, social and industrial future of the country.
The Mining Promotion Initiative's main goal is to engage the government on industry concerns about the country’s new mining code.
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A week choc-a-bloc with billion dollar copper, iron ore and cobalt deals ends with huge drop in prices and sell-off in stocks of mining's biggest names.
CITIC Metal will own 20% of the Canadian miner, which makes its biggest shareholder.
They said they expected authorities to realize the sliding scale they propose would be a more effective mechanism for the government to share in higher commodity prices than the windfall tax and strategic minerals scheme included in the new code.
The parent group's Executive Chairman Chaochun Li has replaced him as acting CEO.
The proposal, signed by companies responsible for 85% of the DRC's copper, cobalt and gold output, suggest that sliding royalties will give the government a higher share of revenues.
Royalties paid to the government from cobalt and coltan mining will jump to 10 per cent from 2 per cent.
A new mining code in the cobalt-rich Congo will lead to higher costs for consumers of the battery metal at a time automakers are expanding production of electric vehicles, experts say.
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's plan to discuss proposed changes to mining royalties with mining company representatives on Tuesday has been postponed by a day.
Robert Friedland, founder and executive chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, said he would be happy to pay higher taxes if there is stability in Congo's rules and transparency in the accounting of those royalties.
Some of the company’s international mining partners include major names such as Glencore, China Molybdenum and Ivanhoe.
The nation, responsible for about two thirds of global output, plans to increase tax on cobalt to 5% from 2%.
The World Bank-supported mining legislation was introduced to attract investment into copper and cobalt projects from global miners including Glencore Plc, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and China Molybdenum Co. Gécamines claims country has not benefited from it.