Brokerslink adds Congo Brazzaville intermediary

Brokerslink adds Congo Brazzaville intermediary

Brokerslink adds Congo Brazzaville intermediary

Intermediary network Brokerslink has added African business Gramon to its international chain. Brokerslink said the broker, based in Congo Brazzaville, strengthens Brokerslink’s presence in the Africa region, an area of strategic significance for the organisation. Established in 2012, Gramon currently has three offices in the Republic of Congo and plans to open a fourth in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo,…

Global firms named in African mining lawsuit

Global firms named in African mining lawsuit

Global firms named in African mining lawsuit

Apple, Google, Tesla and Microsoft are reported to be among firms named in a lawsuit seeking damages over deaths and injuries of child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the BBC, the case has been filed by the International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 Congolese families, accusing the companies of knowing that cobalt used in…

IUMI calls for action on ‘alarming’ cargo theft risk

IUMI calls for action on ‘alarming’ cargo theft risk

IUMI calls for action on ‘alarming’ cargo theft risk

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has called for greater law enforcement and business action to mitigate the growing risk of cargo theft, which it warns has reached “alarming proportions”. In a position paper published to coincide with its annual conference in Toronto, IUMI proposed dedicated cargo theft taskforces to coordinate law enforcement across borders and develop effective networks…

Business travel not restricted despite Ebola outbreak of ‘international concern’

Business travel not restricted despite Ebola outbreak of ‘international concern’

Business travel not restricted despite Ebola outbreak of ‘international concern’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the year-long outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be of “international concern”. However, borders remain open and the advice to business travellers is to carry on. Yesterday, the WHO said borders need not close and it is mindful of causing a huge economic dip by closing the borders…

Global manufacturing supply chains failing to make progress on child labour risk, finds Verisk Maplecroft

Global manufacturing supply chains failing to make progress on child labour risk, finds Verisk Maplecroft

Global manufacturing supply chains failing to make progress on child labour risk, finds Verisk Maplecroft

Global manufacturing supply chains that operate through the world’s major hubs are making little or no progress in stamping out child labour, finds new research from Verisk Maplecroft. In its Child Labour Index, the risk analytics firm said manufacturing hubs most entwined in global supply chains – including China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia – have “not recorded any improvement”…

DRC liberalises insurance sector

DRC liberalises insurance sector

DRC liberalises insurance sector

After 50 years of state monopoly, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has liberalised its insurance sector. The country now has three licensed non-life insurers, one life insurer, and two insurance brokers. Rupert Weterings, of AIB Brokers, one of the brokers to win a licence, said: “We do expect that SONAS (the state insurer) will get its licence in the…

Positive election results not necessarily a panacea

Positive election results not necessarily a panacea

Positive election results not necessarily a panacea

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi’s victory in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election appears to be a turning point for many, but risks remain. James Fox, global information analyst at Axco Insurance Information Services, explained: “The UN commended the conduct of the vote and congratulated the long-suffering Congolese people, as the streets of Kinshasa filled with celebrating supporters. Rival opposition leaders and…

Ebola outbreak poses wider risk

Ebola outbreak poses wider risk

Ebola outbreak poses wider risk

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could pose a much broader threat as medics struggle to keep it under control, warned an expert at Commercial Risk Europe’s supply chain conference…

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