TNPSC Thervupettagam

Conflict Minerals

May 8 , 2024 72 days 240 0
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has protested alleged fuelling of conflict on its territory by multinationals buying “blood minerals” to fuel the energy and digital transformations.
  • It has accused United States smartphone giant- Apple of paying for minerals without critically looking at the suppliers.
  • Apple argued that, the tin, tungsten, tantalum — the 3Ts — and gold that its suppliers purchase is conflict free and do not finance war.
  • The DRC’s mineral-rich eastern region, home to tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (collectively known as 3T or 3TG), has been plagued by violence for decades.
  • There are approximately 120 armed groups in the eastern DRC, according to the Kivu Security Tracker. 
  • These armed groups benefit from the mining and trade of minerals to varying degrees.

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