Transportation activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Lead NCPFrance
Supporting NCP(s)Belgium
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) regarding the activities of a French multinational enterprise operating in the DRC.
Theme(s)Combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion, General policies
Date1 Oct 2003
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo
SourceNGO
Industry sectorMining and quarrying, Transportation and storage
StatusNot accepted
Summary

In 2002, the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) issued a report which included an annex listing companies which, in their view, had violated the Guidelines in the DRC.

In October 2003, the UN Expert Panel issued another report listing a Belgian transportation company, which was affiliated to a French multinational enterprise, as not having responded to the Panel's requests for information and referred it to the French NCP to follow up the alleged violations.

The French NCP consulted with the Belgian NCP who had concluded the specific instance that the UN Panel of Experts had raised with their NCP in 2006 due to lack of evidence. The French NCP concluded the specific instance in 2006 on that grounds that there was not sufficient evidence to support the Panel's allegations about the activities of the company based in Belgium. 

 

Note: As the UN Expert Panel did not specify which provisions of the Guidelines were breached in this specific instance, it has been classified under "general policies".