Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Healthcare in DRC

Intensive programmes strengthen health sector

The new Cinquantenaire Hospital in Kinshasa

Reforms in the health sector are improving access and public services. Over 1000 health centers and 200 hospitals are being constructed throughout the... May 18, 2017

Health | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Education in DR Congo

Ambitious strategy to boost access to education

Maker Mwangu Famba, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Introduction to New Citizenship

The state has taken major steps to increase access to free education and is overseeing the construction and rehabilitation of over 1,000 schools throughout... May 01, 2017

Education | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Agriculture for Diversification

Agriculture spearheads economic diversification

Emile Mota, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock

With 80 million hectares of fertile and arable land and only 10% of the soil being worked, the agricultural investment plan aims to ensure food security... Mar 27, 2017

Agriculture | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Great Inga Dam project

A solution to Africa’s power deficit

The Inga Dam phase I and II

The ambitious Great Inga Dam project on the Congo River, has the potential to generate 42,000 MW, enough electricity to power DRC and much of the continent.... Feb 13, 2017

Energy | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Transparency in Mining

Better governance of vast mineral resources drives new prosperity

Lofoï Mine in North Katanga

The government in recent years has stepped up its efforts to bring greater transparency to the mining industry to help drive prosperity and attract more... Oct 24, 2016

Mining | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Construction & Infrastructure in the DRC

PPP scheme accelerates implementation of large infrastructure projects

Fridolin Kasweshi Musoka, Minister of Infrastructure, Public Works and Reconstruction

Business opportunities in the construction industry and infrastructure are in the form of partnerships, technology transfer, support and training. Infrastructure... Oct 18, 2016

Infrastructure | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Interconnected DRC

Transport and infrastructure, drivers of growth and connectivity

One of the 38 acquired new wagons

The government is working on five transportation modes: sea, lake and river, rail, road and air. Through interconnection, DRC aims to establish a unified... Oct 10, 2016

Infrastructure | Transport | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC Connectivity

ICT to form backbone of modern, digitalised economy

Thomas Luhaka, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information and Communication Technologies

The government has launched an important project for the construction of a large fibre-optic national network. In the next five years, they plan to deploy... Oct 04, 2016

Telecoms & ICT | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Socioeconomic Development in DRC

Job creation and social inclusion at the top of government agenda

INPP students in a training program

With the help of international partners such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank, the government is implementing strategies to boost the... Sep 27, 2016

Government | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Congolese Economy

Government reforms and efforts start to bear fruit

Left: Georges Wembi Loambo, Minister of Planning | Right: Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, Minister of National Economy

The performance of the Congolese economy is the result of well thought-out economic policies, executed wisely to mitigate the effects of inflation and... Sep 22, 2016

Finance | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Security in DRC

Peace and stability foster growth

Evariste Boshab, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security

The government, through the Armed Forces of the DRC, has regained security in the east of the country, with the neutralisation of rebel groups. Advances... Sep 18, 2016

Government | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Socioeconomic Development

Actions speak louder than words

Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The numerous programmes and reforms implemented by the government have led to significant and substantial socioeconomic progress. With projected GDP growth... Sep 14, 2016

Government | Africa | Democratic Republic of Congo

Governor plants entrepreneurial seeds of growth

Jean Claude Kazembe Musonda
Governor of Haut Katanga Province

Haut Katanga province is intrinsically linked to DRC’s mining industry, but the lack... Jan 16, 2017

Experienced trader targets DRC’s middle class

Robby Israel
General Manager of Hasson Africa

Having been operating in DRC since 1936, Hasson Africa has become a reference point in the... Jan 16, 2017

Partnership potential runs deep

Athanase Mwamba
General Manager of Cominiere

Renowned for its mining potential and looking to diversify away from its reliance on copper,... Sep 29, 2016

Marked progress highlights potential in Kongo Central

Jacques Mbadu
Governor of Kongo Central Province

Governor Jacques Mbadu explains the socioeconomic revitalization of Kongo Central Province... Sep 21, 2016

‘Coherence & efficiency’ define new energy approach

Bruno Kapandji Kalala
Project Director for the ADPI

Efforts in the DRC are redoubling to make the country’s long-delayed vision of building... Sep 20, 2016

United efforts bring peace, trust

Julien Paluku Kahongya
Governor of North Kivu Province

Julien Paluku Kahongya, Governor of DRC’s North Kivu Province, details the great lengths... Sep 15, 2016

From darkness to brightness

Filip Vanhoutte
General Manager of Special Techniques Company (STS)

Filip Vanhoutte, General Manager of Special Techniques Company (STS), invites greater competition... Aug 31, 2016

A long-term asset for DRC’s economy

Ibrahim Issaoui
CEO of Socimex Group

CEO Ibrahim Issaoui tells us about Socimex’s impressive track-record in creating value... Aug 29, 2016

Unlocking potential

Silvestre Ilunga Ilukamba
General Manager of the National Railway Company of Congo (SNCC)

GM Silvestre Ilunga Ilukamba gives us a fantastic radiography of DRC’s needs and opportunities... Aug 26, 2016

$1bn partners could turn DR Congo's wealth of potential into reality

Jean Kimbembe Mazunga
General Manager of the National Transport & Ports Company (SCTP)

Mobility in Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most important challenges for the... Aug 18, 2016

INSS records big impact on social welfare

Agnès Mwad Nawej
General Manager of the National Institute for Social Security (INSS)

Substantial gains are being achieved in DRC’s social security system, thanks to the... Aug 15, 2016

DRC’s key partner in infrastructure set to become regional reference

Charles Ilunga Mwamba
General Manager of the Congolese Agency for Civil Engineering (ACGT)

The DRC is involved in a vast modernization and reconstruction of its infrastructure, and... Jul 13, 2016

CVM clears the way for maritime trade

Yengo ki Ngimbi
CEO of the Congolaise des Voies Maritimes (CVM)

Charged with the difficult task of keeping the Congo River and the river ports of Boma and... Apr 19, 2016

Regional expansion plans for DRC’s new flag carrier

Claude Kirongozi Ichalanga
Managing Director of Congo Airways

Mobility within the country is one of the most important challenges the DR Congo’s... Apr 01, 2016

More PPPs to bridge huge infrastructure gap

Fridolin Kasweshi Musoka
Minister of Infrastructure, Public Works & Reconstruction

The DRC government has prioritized the modernization and reconstruction of the country’s... Mar 04, 2016

Successful reforms instill new belief in DRC economy

Augustin Matata Ponyo
Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo

High growth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the past decade has been largely... Dec 02, 2015


Central Africa, northeast of Angola




total: 2,344,858 sq km


tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)


vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east


cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydropower, timber


over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) make up about 45% of the population


French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba


Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%




30 June 1960 (from Belgium)


Independence Day, 30 June (1960)


several previous; latest adopted 13 May 2005, approved by referendum 18-19 December 2005, promulgated 18 February 2006; amended 2011 (2015)


civil law system primarily based on Belgian law, but also customary, and tribal law

GDP - real growth rate:

9.2% (2014 est.)

8.5% (2013 est.)

7.1% (2012 est.)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 21.2%

industry: 33.2%

services: 45.7% (2014 est.)

AGRICULTURE - products:

coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, cotton, cocoa, quinine, cassava (manioc, tapioca), bananas, plantains, peanuts, root crops, corn, fruits; wood products


mining (copper, cobalt, gold, diamonds, coltan, zinc, tin, tungsten), mineral processing, consumer products (textiles, plastics, footwear, cigarettes), metal products, processed foods and beverages, timber, cement, commercial ship repair


$12.98 billion (2014 est.)

EXPORTS - commodities:

diamonds, copper, gold, cobalt, wood products, crude oil, coffee

EXPORTS - partners:

China 39.3%, Zambia 24.7%, Italy 8.6%, Belgium 4.4% (2014)


$11.98 billion (2014 est.)

IMPORTS - commodities:

foodstuffs, mining and other machinery, transport equipment, fuels

IMPORTS - partners:

China 19.6%, South Africa 17.9%, Zambia 15.9%, Belgium 6.1%, Zimbabwe 4.9% (2014)



National Railroad Company of DR Congo (SNCC)

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Kongo Central Province

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Special Techniques Company (STS)

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