The Mineral Development Policy (MDRP) of 2013 was dictated by a number of important developments that have taken place since 1995 when the Government last reviewed and articulated its policy direction for the mining sector. The most significant development was the transfer of ownership of the mining industry to the private sector following completion of the privatisation of the mining industry in March 2000.
Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates was incorporated in the DRC in 1995 by Mr. Emery Mukendi and since, the law firm has evolved considerably, from a business-law focused organization to one specialized in the mining and hydrocarbons sectors. A major milestone for EMW&A occurred in 2000, when, with the help of the World Bank, the government of the DRC put forward a tender for the elaboration of a new mining code. EMW&A won it, thus becoming the local consultant body of the government on the matter while Duncan & Allen, an American law-firm, was chosen as international partner on the project.