Uganda attains the Mineral Certification Scheme of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)

Submitted by on Tue, 05/07/2024 - 12:36

The Regional Certification Mechanism is one of the six tools approved by ICGLR’s 12 Heads of State and is part of the Regional Initiative against the illegal exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR). It is a compulsory regional standard for certification of the 3Ts (tin, tantalum, tungsten) and gold sourced from or transiting across an ICGLR Member State.

Uganda was the 5th country among the 12 to attain the certificate after ratifying the protocol on the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources in the region. It followed DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania.

The ICGLR is part of the implementation of the pact on security, stability, and development as enshrined in the Great Lakes Region Act 11 of 2018 to prevent illegal exploitation of and illicit trade of designated minerals.