Sundance Resources Ltd ("Sundance" or the "Company") has referred its dispute with the Republic of Cameroon ("Cameroon") to arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") in Paris.
The dispute which has been referred to arbitration was first notified by Sundance on 15 December 2020 and primarily concerns Cameroon's failure to implement the exploitation permit that was deemed to have been awarded to Sundance's subsidiary, Cam Iron S.A. ("Cam Iron"), in 2010. It is Sundance's position that Cameroon's failure to implement the exploitation permit, along with other acts and omissions, constitutes a breach of the 2015 Transition Agreement between Sundance, Cam Iron and Cameroon (among other parties) and a violation of Cameroon's obligations under international law.
As previously announced, Sundance and Cam Iron had agreed to extend the period of negotiations with Cameroon because it appeared that some progress was being made towards an amicable settlement of the dispute. However, as Cameroon has refused to take the implementation steps requested by Sundance and has now publicly confirmed that it is engaged in active discussions with the Government of the Republic of the Congo ("Congo") for the development of the Mbalam-Nabeba Iron Ore Project - with the involvement of Chinese parties but excluding Sundance - it is now clear that formal legal proceedings will be required to enforce Sundance's rights.