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In recent years, Rwanda has become an important model for economic growth in Central Africa, with mineral resources making a critical contribution to this growth. Recognizing the potential for a responsible, regulated mining sector to deliver social development and improved governance, Pact and its partners are helping resource-dependent communities to organize their activities and develop dependable sources of income.
Rwanda now takes part in the mineral traceability program known as ITSCI, the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative. Pact leads field implementation for ITSCI, the Africa Great Lakes region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals: tungsten, tin and tantalum. The system monitors minerals from the point of extraction at mines sites to smelters, where minerals are processed for use in electronics and other everyday devices. This allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.