Melissa Pistilli has been reporting on market-shaking news in the resource and mining investment sector for over five years and has been with the Investing News Network since 2008. She has written on a wide variety of topics, from managing political risk in the mining industry to manipulation in the silver market. Formerly the managing editor of the Investing News Network, Melissa now serves as a senior reporter writing for Lithium Investing News and Uranium Investing News. She is most interested in the impact of global economics, politics and sociocultural influences on the commodities markets, and this shows in her reporting. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in English education as well as a master’s degree in teaching of writing, both from Humboldt State University, California. She currently resides at the heart of Canada’s mining industry — Vancouver, British Columbia.
Resource Investing News reporter Damon van der Linde interviews industry leaders from ITRI and TIC as well as human rights groups the Enough Project and Global Witness about the ongoing mission to end the trade of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
ITRI and the Tantalum Niobium International Study Center have called for funding to help initiate and carry out a program aimed at regulating supply chains for tin and tantalum out of conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In an exclusive interview with Tantalum Investing News, Mike Davis of Global Witness explains the humanitarian conditions on the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the steps needed to ensure the security of civilians and an end to ‘conflict minerals’ exploitation in the region.
The International Tin Research Industry announced that it is moving forward to Phase II of its Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi). However, there are some major weaknesses in the plan and some say it doesn’t go far enough in addressing the larger issues associated with the DRC conflict mineral trade.
: With pressure mounting to provide transparency and responsibility in the supply chain for the electronics industry, the investment case for miners exploring for tantalum in conflict-free regions is increasing.