Briefing Document / Feb. 20, 2007

Complaint against Afrimex (UK) Ltd under the Specific Instance Procedure of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


In September 2007, the UK National Contact Point (NCP) issued its ‘initial assessment' of the Global Witness complaint, available at:   

The assessment confirms that the NCP has decided to accept Global Witness's complaint for further investigation.  However it does not indicate that the NCP believes Afrimex to have breached the OECD guidelines.

Related Global Witness publications

Global Witness calls upon the UK Government to hold British company Afrimex to account for fuelling conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Press release - 21/02/2007

Under-Mining Peace: Tin - the Explosive Trade in Cassiterite in Eastern DRC
Report - 30/06/2005

External links

Congo's Tin Soldiers - Channel 4 investigation
Video - 30/06/2005

House of Commons International Development Committee - Session on Conflict and Development: Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Minutes of Evidence - 04/07/2006

Letter from Mr Ketan Kotecha, Afrimex (UK) Limited to Mr. Melvin Holt, United Nations Expert Panel
Letter - 23/05/2003

Letter from Mr Ketan Kotecha, Afrimex (UK) Limited to the Chairman of the International Development Committee
Letter - 25/07/2006

Final Report of the Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo, S/2002/1146
Report - 16/10/2002