The past decade has seen a significant buildup of mobile phone networks across Africa, with countries auctioning spectrum to multinational bidders that hoped to cash in on the projected growth of subscribers on the continent. The costs involved, along with new regulatory hurdles, have caused some multinational telecom firms to scale back on their investments. One new wrinkle is requiring mobile phone operators to at least partially list their shares on local exchanges and make stock ownership available to local investors.
Although some companies opposed the Dodd-Frank conflict mineral provisions, Intel worked for years to make its global supply chain conflict-free.
Some companies pushed to avoid helping fund Congolese warlords, while industry groups challenge the Dodd-Frank rules.
Disclosures are now due to the SEC for so-called conflict minerals.
Dodd-Frank requirements have spurred American companies to redesign their supply chains. Now some are once again purchasing conflict free minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.