At a meeting in Kinshasa on the 24th July  the Government of the DRC launched the mechanism for the ICGLR certificate which aims to show the origin of 3T (tin, tantalum, tungsten) minerals and demonstrate the existence of conflict free mineral chains. The certificate is part of the regional programme to eradicate the link between mineral revenues and the financing of illegal armed groups which contribute to insecurity and instability, and thereby promote the role of the mining sector in the economic and social development of the ICGLR Member States. The issuance of the certificates is assisted by the implementation of the iTSCi Programme which provides the traceability necessary for the ICGLR mechanism, as well as due diligence as encouraged in the OECD guidance. Many partners of the DRC were present at the meeting including iTSCi’s implementing partner Pact, and others such as BGR and IOM. Both the Congolese and Rwandan governments, recognised that the success of iTSCi was an important achievement that had contributed to the progress of the regional certification; one of the 6 tools of the ICGLR. The Vice Prime Minister of the DRC, representing the Prime Minister himself, acknowledged the work of iTSCi. The certificate will first be issued for exports from the MaiBaridi mine in Katanga, and the Kalimbi mine in South Kivu, both operated as part of the iTSCi Programme.