Congo’s 2019 copper output up 17%, cobalt production falls 20%

Truck at Katanga Mining Ltd.’s KOV copper and cobalt mine in Kolwezi, Congo.

Copper production in the Democratic Republic of Congo rose 17% year-on-year to 1.433 million tonnes in 2019, central bank figures showed on Tuesday.

Cobalt production fell 19.86% to 87,676 tonnes, while gold output slid 5.76% to 34,657 kilograms.

(By Hereward Holland and Anna Pujol-Mazzini; Editing by Louise Heavens)

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