Since 2008, raw materials have had a high priority on the European Union’s agenda.
Mining and natural resource extraction have huge potential for countries, but also carry political and economic risks. For this, the Netherlands has created a special diplomatic position. We interview Dirk-Jan Koch, the Netherlands’ special envoy for natural resources at the World Resources Forum 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. They discuss Koch’s work in the Congo and his efforts and frustrations in persuading multinational companies there to use mineral mines not involved in local conflicts.