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Democratic Republic of Congo 2014: Recent Developments and Prospects

GDP grew by 8.1% in 2013, despite the worrying political and security context. This growth was driven by the extractive industries (up to 2.26 percentage points against 1.80 in 2012), wholesale and retail trade (1.80 against 1.60 in 2012), construction (1.53 against 1.40 in 2012) and agriculture (1.20 against 1.00 in 2012). The other sectors [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo remains one of the least developed countries in the world, due to its poor capacity to develop its enormous production potential. Structural weaknesses, lack of infrastructure and governance issues since independence in 1960 are some of the reasons for the absence today of an industrial fabric that could make this [...]

Democratic Republic of Congo 2013: Key Government Leaders and Ministries

Pres. Joseph KABILA Prime Min. Augustin MATATA PONYO Mapon Dep. Prime Min. Alexandre LUBA Ntambo Dep. Prime Min. Daniel MUKOKO Samba Min. of Agriculture & Rural Development Jean-Chrysistine VAHAMWITI Min. of Budget Daniel MUKOKO Samba Min. of Communications, Media, & Relations With Parliament Lambert [...]

Housing Supply in Democratic Republic of Congo

Affordable housing supply within the DRC is still in its early stages of conception. With a population of more than 70 million people, with a staggering 71 percent living below the poverty line, housing supply is limited to the minority elites. Available data on housing provision is limited compared to data for the high end market. In many areas, [...]

Top Agricultural Products in DR Congo

The following are the top 20 agricultural products (by quantity) in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. Rank Commodity Production (MT) 1 Cassava             15,569,100 2 Sugar cane              1,950,000 3 Plantains              [...]

Renewable Energy Potential in Democratic Republic of Congo

ENERGY SOURCES Total installed electricity capacity (2008): 2,475 MW Hydro-electric: 98.7% Non-renewables (Thermal etc.): 1.3% Total primary energy supply (2009): 22,921 ktoe Combustible Renewables and Waste: 93.6% Hydroelectric: 2.9% Petroleum Products: 2.4% Coal: 1.3% Natural Gas: 0.03% Crude Oil: 0.01% Electricity [...]

Market Opportunities in Democratic Republic of Congo for US Firms

The DRC’s rich endowment of natural resources, large population size, and strategic location in Central Africa make it an interesting market for U.S. companies. The DRC’s investment climate remains highly challenging. Following decades of economic collapse due to economic mismanagement, corruption and conflict, the GDRC has undertaken [...]

Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Developments 2013

The economy remained quite robust in 2012 and grew 7.2%. Better world mineral prices helped extractive industries, while exchange rate stability and upgrading roads helped trade to expand. The government’s programme of major public works produced another solid performance by the construction sector. Manufacturing and transport were not very [...]

Renewable Energy Potential in Democratic Republic of Congo

ENERGY SOURCES Total installed electricity capacity (2008): 2,475 MW Hydro-electric: 98.7% Non-renewables (Thermal etc.): 1.3% Total primary energy supply (2009): 22,921 ktoe Combustible Renewables and Waste: 93.6% Hydroelectric: 2.9% Petroleum Products: 2.4% Coal: 1.3% Natural Gas: 0.03% Crude Oil: 0.01% Electricity [...]

DR Congo 2012: Economic Cooperation, Regional Integration, & Trade

After shrinking in 2009, foreign trade picked up in 2010 and 2011. Exports grew by 12% in 2011 and imports by 16%. These increases are explained in the case of exports by the continuing high international price of some raw materials and by a rise in the volume of production on the part of the extractive industries. The growth in imports arose from [...]

DR Congo 2012: Financial Sector Governance

The banking sector is made up of 20 approved and operating establishments. Their assets amount to USD 2.64 billion and the sector offers several new products: bank cards, automatic teller machines, special accounts and so on. Even so, the country suffers from an inadequate level of banking, with 650 000 accounts, up from 450 000 on 2010, most [...]

DR Congo 2012: Private Sector Governance

Reforms aimed at improving economic and political governance, and in particular measures to stabilise the business climate, facilitate trade, and improve management of the public finances, should in the long term have a positive effect on economic activity and people’s living standards. In conjunction with a policy of infrastructure building [...]

Democratic Republic of Congo Real Estate Market Snapshot 2013

Office Market  While much of the existing office stock in Kinshasa city centre is poor quality, new buildings are under construction, notably in the preferred area along Boulevard du 30 Juin, in addition to emerging locations on the outskirts of the city. Occupiers meanwhile are outgrowing their space in the popular diplomatic area of [...]

Investing in SMEs in DR Congo

Investing in SMEs in DR Congo

DR Congo is admittedly a challenging business environment, but Jarl Heijstee, head of XSML, which operates the Central Africa SME fund , says “we see opportunities all around.” XSML has thus far invested in a call center and health center in Kinshasa. Heijstee says that businesses in DR Congo work on relatively high margins, some exceeding [...]

Democratic Republic of Congo 2012: Government Leaders and Key Ministries

The following list includes the key government leaders – the head of state, his/her cabinet and key ministries – of Democratic Republic of the Congo as of April 10, 2012.   Pres. Joseph KABILA Prime Min. Adolphe MUZITO Dep. Prime Min. Simon BULUPIY Galati Dep. Prime Min. Louis Alphonse KOYAGIALO Ngbase te [...]

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