The ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) announces another progressive step in implementation with the adoption of a technology solution designed to enhance data collection and traceability in this important minerals due diligence programme. Following a period of extensive development and field trials, this technology system, which electronically replicates current paper based systems, has been tested, approved, and will now be used by Government agents responsible for data recording for the first time.

The iTSCi programme is a tried and tested minerals traceability system capable of tracking 3T’s (tin, tantalum and tungsten) production through complex multi-stage and multi-operator supply chains that often involve several layers of mixing and re-processing. The Programme, which was adopted by the governments of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2011, is now operational at over 850 mine sites in the region. This generates huge amounts of data with over 25,000 transactions being manually entered into the Programme database each week, enabling companies up and down the supply chain to understand and manage the mine sources of their mineral purchases.

The full press release can be found here.