The Democratic Republic of the Congo played a globally significant role in the world’s production of cobalt and diamond. In 2006, the country’s share of the world’s cobalt production amounted to 38%; industrial diamond, 28%; and gem-quality diamond, 6%. Congo accounted for about 49% of the world’s cobalt reserves. Copper and crude petroleum production also played a significant role in the domestic economy. The country was not a globally significant consumer of minerals or mineral fuels.
- Thomas R. Yager
- U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Geological Survey
- Place published
- United States
- Date / journal vol no.
- November 2008 / US Geological Survey 2006 Minerals Yearbook