March 10, 2017
The "blood diamonds" system has effectively brought some transparency and accountability to that market, denying revenue to insurgents and terrorists while boosting consumer confidence and supporting good markets.
The Conflict Minerals Rule is a next logical step to bring the same benefits to minerals markets, thereby supporting economic development in some very poor countries and upholding American humanitarian as well as economic principles. As a 26-year veteran of US-African relations, I ask the SEC to reaffirm this very importsnt initiative.
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-- Ed Barber