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CREDITS It is always good to know who worked hard for this Guide. Many talented people and many wonderful stories have gone into making it. Here is the list of those involved:

PRODUCTION Producer: Pascal Belda Regional Project Director: Nayra Delgado, Vanessa de Sampaio e Melo Local Project Director: Barbara Czartoryska, David Alvarez Associate Production: Brice Guillet, Alejandra Monroy and Antonio de Santiago Editorial Support: Carlos Aparicio Advertising Agency: Divo Director: Kabeya Kazadi Steve Project Manager: Lilyane Ntambu

EDITION Written and edited by: eBizguides Economic sections and sector overviews written by: Deloitte and Bandundu Chamber of Commerce and Industry General Information section written by: eBizguides Tourism & Leisure section written by: eBizguides Art Direction Madrid: Iria Salgado Mesa

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank the following people for their collaboration and support: Guillaume Pourboir of the Bandundu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, M Milambo of the Equateur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ali from restaurant Aldar, Robert Levy, Thoussaint Tshilombo Send Minister of Information and Communications, H.E Jean-Pierre Mutamba Ambassador of the DRC to Belgium We would also like to thank the heads of the following companies for their sponsorship and support and without whom this eBizguide would not have been possible: Afriland First Bank, Afritrans Import Export, SDV Agetraf, Boss Mining S.P.R.L., Restaurant Caf Conc, CAA (Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation), Chemaf S.P.R.L. Cobit-SRM, Congo Oil S.A.R.L., CFAO Motors RDC, Deloitte and Touche Congo S.P.R.L., Divo, Dover Cosmetics Ltd, Emaxon, First Quantum Minerals Ltd, Gecamines (La Générale des Carrières et des Mines), Ghandour Industrie Congo S.P.R.L., Guest House Mwamini, Hertz, Cercle Onatra “Restaurant La Piscine”, Mafricom S.P.R.L., Magenya Protection & Gardiennage, Master Team Consulting, Moneytrans, Rawbank, Renka S.P.R.L., Ruashi Mining S.P.R.L., SEA S.P.R.L., Shalina International Ltd, SNEL (Societe Nationale d’Électricité), Soco DRC, Groupe Soficom, Tigo (Oasis S.P.R.L.), TACS (Trans Air Cargo Service), Trust Merchant Bank S.A.R.L., Vodacom (RDC) S.P.R.L., the province of Bandundu, the province of Bas Congo, the province of Equateur, the province of Katanga

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How to use this guide The goal of eBizguides is to offer extensive economic and

with the most important business people in the country,

investment information on a country, with a focus on the

we then provide our readers with privileged information

top companies, while offering the best tourism and lei-

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sure information for your spare time. With this, we

key decision-makers in the sector, such as government

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country, before a long-term investment. You will also find fact files of all the major corporations, This book comprises three major sections: general infor-

outlining their business activities, key projects and

mation, the country’s economy and leisure.

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Contents Did You Know? ................................................................................................................6 The DRC Fact File ............................................................................................................9 General Information ......................................................................................................11 Business Resources ........................................................................................................25

The DRC Economy ..............................................................................41 to 242 Investment & Legal Frameworks ..................................................................................41 The DRC Economy ........................................................................................................55 Provinces..................................................................................................................63 Bandundu ......................................................................................................................64 Bas-Congo ......................................................................................................................68 Equateur........................................................................................................................72 Kinshasa ........................................................................................................................76 Kasaï ..............................................................................................................................78 Katanga..........................................................................................................................81 Maniema........................................................................................................................88 Kivu ..............................................................................................................................90 Province Orientale ......................................................................................................94 Agriculture ..............................................................................................................97 Energy ....................................................................................................................109 Finance ..................................................................................................................125 Industry & Trade ..................................................................................................141 Mining & Oil ..........................................................................................................155 Public Services ......................................................................................................181 Public Works ..........................................................................................................191 Tourism ................................................................................................................199 Transport & Communications ..............................................................................213 Address Book ........................................................................................................229

Leisure ........................................................................................245 to 275 Travel Agencies ..........................................................................................273 Basic Vocabulary....................................................................................................276 Top 100 Companies ................................................................................................277 Company Index ......................................................................................................278

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Did You Know? • The DRC is located in the physical centre of Africa. • The DRC is the third-largest country in Africa with a surface area at 905,351 square miles (2,345,000 square km), which represents almost five times that of France and 80 times that of Belgium. • Since 30th June 1960, when it attained independence, the DRC has experienced a long-standing political instability before the setting up of new institutions following the democratic elections. • The Inga dam, one of the greatest economic achievements in the country, is among the biggest hydroelectrical dams of the world with a total finished production output of 100,000MW (at Inga I, II, III and Grand Inga sites), enough for catering, at a lower price, for the domestic needs in addition to those of the whole African continent, the Middle East and southern Europe. • The country has plenty of reserves of the main mineral resources necessary for the world’s advanced technology industries such as copper, cobalt, columbium tantalite (coltan), gold, industrial and jewellery diamonds, uranium, zinc, etc. • The uranium ores that served as raw materials for making the first atomic bomb originated from the mines in the Katanga Province of the DRC. • The DRC has a long history as a mining country. It has also been a producer and exporter of oil since 1975 with a production output of between 25,000 and 30,000 barrels per day; its production is set to increase thanks to new rich oilfields recently discovered along the western coast, in Equateur Province and in eastern DRC. • The DRC has hydrocarbon gas reserves estimated at 50 billion cubic metres capacity within Kivu Lake; so far, the DRC is the only place where such underwater gas has been found. • The DRC enjoys ample water resources, with a drainage basin which spreads over 3,700,000 sq. km, including the Congo River, which is 4,700km long (2,920 miles) with a discharge at the river mouth of 1,589,178 cubic feet per second (45,000 cubic metres per second). The DRC is one of the world’s most water-rich territories and has enough reserves to supply water to the Sahelian countries. • As far as forestry resources are concerned, the Congo basins, together with the Amazon, constitute a vital resource for the purpose of safeguarding the world’s ecosystems. • Congolese music is one of its most valued export products. The DRC is one of the greatest centres of modern African music, both secular and religious, the renown of which has reached far beyond the continental borders with longstanding bands led by famous musicians such as Luambo Franco (TP/OK Jazz), Joseph Kabasele Jeff (African Jazz), Kasanda Nico (African Fiesta Sukisa), Tabu Ley Rochereau (African Fiesta), Abeti Masikini, Mpongo Love, Mbiliya Bel, Tshiala Muana, and some newer bands such as those led by Nioka Longo, Koffi Olomide, JB Mpiana, Werrason, Emeneya, Papa Wemba etc. • In tourism, the DRC offers many enjoyable opportunities at its various sites of interest, along with its pleasant climate, the fauna and flora. Some animal species are found in the DRC and nowhere else – okapis, white rhinoceros and mountain gorillas. • The culture of the DRC reflects a diversity of artistic heritage, including ancient works of art preserved in Tervuren Museum in Belgium, in the National Museum in DRC at Kinshasa/Ngaliema, and some works of art held by individuals throughout the country. The above-mentioned museums also hold small objects of the Kongo, Pende, Kuba, Lunda, Luba, Songe, Yaka, Mongo and Ngbandi peoples. These include objects carved out of earth, garments used in ancestral swearing-in ceremonies, wedding ceremonies or funerals of high-ranking clan officials, mysterious objects used by traditional healers or keepers of ancestral knowledge etc. • Export of works of art is conditional upon obtaining a licence from the Ministry of Culture and Arts. • The country has famous artists who have successfully exhibited their talents in art shows in DRC, Switzerland, Belgium and France, etc. Such as Maître Ndamvu, Liyolo, Mavinga and Chéri Samba.

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Did You Know? • As far as sports are concerned, the DRC is one of those African countries where football is adulated. Both African Cups have been won by the Congolese national football team ‘the Leopards’, in 1968 in Ethiopia and in 1974 in Egypt. Exceptionally, the DRC’s team was the only sub-Saharan team to partake in the Football World Cup hosted in Germany in 1974. The DRC’s national football team, which has included talented and famous players such as Saio Mokili, Pierre Kalala, Kibonge Gento, Kakoko, Adelar Mayanga, Ndaye Mutumbula, Robert Kazadi and Buanga, dominated the African football scene for several years from 1968 to 1975. • The DRC is among the first African countries to transfer its players to European football teams, starting in the 1960s with Mokuna, who was nicknamed ‘Trouet’, and who earned renown for his powerful shots capable of piercing the opponent team’s net. • In recent years, talented players such as Muntubile Santos, Kabongo Eugène, Shabani Nonda, Claude Makelele, Emile Mpenza and Jérôme MBO etc. are among the African football professionals who have proven successful within the European championship. The heart of Africa: Congo

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The Democratic Republic of Congo Fact File Land area :

2,345,000 square km

Population density :

26.4 inhabitants per square km

Climate :

Tropical climate with two seasons: the rainy and dry seasons

Population :

62,000,000 inhabitants

Population growth rate :

2.8% per annum

Capital

Kinshasa is a city of around 6 million people

Main urban cities :

Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Kananga, Matadi, Goma, Bukavu, Mbuji Mayi, Kindu, Boma, Muanda, Kikwit, Butembo, Tshikapa, Bandundu, Ilebo, Kolwezi, Likasi, Kalemie, Kamina, Uvira, Gemena, Zongo and Gbadolite

Main seaports :

Matadi, Boma, Banana

Main river ports and lake ports : Kinshasa, Kisangani, Mbandaka, Ilebo, Kindu, Ubundu, Kalemie, Kalundu (Uvira) International airports :

Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Kananga, Goma, Gbadolite

Lowest point :

0 metres at the Atlantic ocean

Highest point :

Mount Rwenzori (5,119 metres) lying between DRC and Uganda

Annual income per capita : Governing system :

US $100 Unitarian republic strongly decentralized with parliamentary regime

Administrative organization :

12 provinces each run by a Governor (with an elected provincial parliament )

Official language :

French

Main national languages :

Some hundreds of dialects and vernaculars along with Swahili, Lingala, Kikongo and Tshiluba as the major spoken languages

Fiscal year :

Calendar year

Time zone :

GMT+1 in western DRC and GMT+2 in eastern DRC

Currency :

Congolese Democratic Franc (CDF) 1 US $= 490 CDF / 1 Euro = 635 CDF (2007)

Exchange system :

Floating exchange regime

International dialling code :

+243

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The rock on which we crush pepper is not a seat (think before acting) Libanga oyo batutelaka pilipili bafandelaka yango te Congolese saying

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INTRODUCTION

Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1960, later on it was named Congo Kinshasa and the Republic of Zaire

It takes a historical look at one and a half centuries to

between 1965 and 1997, and ultimately the Democratic

best understand the current situation in the DRC.

Republic of Congo from May 1997 onwards.

HISTORY

Before the arrival of European people in DRC, its political

Despite being one of the biggest countries in Africa with

doms and empires, among which the most well known

its extensive land area (2,345,000 sq. km), DRC is not

are: the Kongo Kingdom, the Luba Empire, the Lele and

organization consisted of ethnically or tribally based king-

particularly well known, largely because its name has

Kuba Communities, the Bolia Groups, the Azande

been subject to change from the day of its discovery by

Kingdom, the Mangbetu Kingdom, the Yira, Hunde and

the West in the nineteenth century by the explorers David

Shi Groups, etc.

Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley. The latter, who worked for King Leopold II, contributed to the creation of

The arrival of Europeans goes as far back as 1482 with

the Association Internationale du Congo (AIC), which

Diego Cão arriving at the mouth of the Congo River.

later became the Etat Indépendant du Congo (EIC) being

Famously, the Scottish missionary David Livingstone

under the rule of the Belgian king.

explored there in the 1870s.

By way of trade-off and in order to quell frequent diplo-

However, the arrival of Stanley in 1877 marked the tur-

matic incidents over which country the Congo belonged

ning point in the colonization process, which lasted 80

to, an international conference was held in Berlin from

years until independence in 1960, when Mr Joseph

15th November 1884 to 26th February 1885, involving

Kasavubu came into power as the President of the

the United States together with 13 European countries,

Republic and Patrice Emery Lumumba as Prime Minister.

where participants decided on liberty to sail on the Niger River and trade freedom and free access across the

The country has faced several attempted secessions and

Congo basin. It is also within the framework of this con-

rebellions, notably those that took place in the rich pro-

ference that King Leopold II recognized AIC as a sove-

vinces of Katanga and Kasaï, during which the country

reign state.

experienced lengthy periods of political instability, espe-

On 30th April 1885 King Leopold II was given approval by

Minister Patrice Emery Lumumba was murdered on 17th

the Belgian parliament to officially become the sovereign

January 1961 in Lubumbashi, then Elisabethville.

cially within the first Republic (1960–1965), as Prime

ruler of the State of the Congo, which he named Etat Indépendant du Congo (Independent State of The Congo) as from 1st July 1885.

Through a military coup in November 1965, a unique party regime emerged under the rule of President Joseph Desiré Mobutu, whose reign ended in May 1997 through

During the period between 1885 and 1908 the Etat

the force of circumstance, whereupon Laurent Desiré

Indépendant du Congo was developed as the personal pro-

Kabila came into power.

perty of the Belgian King. However, failing to raise enough financial and technical means, the King could not go on

The rule of President Kabila coincided with a new era of

unaided; this resulted in the annexation of the EIC into

political unrest, which in turn ended with his assassina-

Belgium and it being thenceforth vested with a legal status

tion on 16th January 2001. In the wake of those tragic

and considered as separate property from the King’s.

events, the DRC is still experiencing bloody wars and dis-

Initially, when it attained independence, the country was

Uganda, resulting in an estimated 3,000,000 deaths.

putes with its neighbouring countries of Rwanda and

named the Belgian Congo, then it was named the

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The DRC has somewhat recovered stability and in 2007

(CEPGL), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern

the Sun City Agreements resulted in a new political order

Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development

involving all parties, which paved the way for the organi-

Community (SADEC). It is also in partnership with the

zation of democratic elections and resulted in the settling

European Union as a member state of the African,

of political institutions headed by President Joseph Kabila

Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

Kabange, who was elected (2006) for a five-year term.

NATIONAL SYMBOLS The DRC is a member State of the Organisation de l’UnitÊ Africaine (OUA) (Organization of African Unity OAU),

THE NATIONAL FLAG

which includes 30 member states that unanimously adopted the constitution charter of the OAU in 1963 at

In the national flag the blue symbolizes peace, the yellow

Addis Ababa.

riches and the red the blood of the independence martyrs. The star symbolizes unity of the country in diver-

It is also a State member of the United Nations (UN), the

sity.

Community of Central Africa States (CEAC), the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries The national flag


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THE GOVERNMENT THE EXECUTIVE ARMS OF THE GOVERNMENT Since adoption by way of referendum of the Constitution in 2006, the DRC has become a strongly decentralized republic with the following Executive arms:

• The Head of State, elected by universal suffrage for a five-year term renewable once. • The Government, headed by the Prime Minister, who is accountable to Parliament. The Government is composed of State Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers appointed by the President of the Republic upon recomThe coat of arms of DRC, which was adopted on 18th

mendation of the Prime Minister.

February 2006 through the promulgation of the Constitution of the Third Republic, consists of a leopard’s

THE PARLIAMENT

head in the centre, an elephant’s ivory horn and a spear founded on a rock at either side of the leopard’s head.

The Parliament is composed of two Houses: a 500-seat

All around the coat of arms is inscribed the motto of the

House of Representatives (the National Assembly popularly

Congo: Justice, Peace and Labour.

elected by direct universal suffrage) and the 108-seat Senate (elected for a five-year term). The two Houses are This ex-colonial home is today the Prime Minister's Office

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each headed by a democratically elected board. Under the

routed to the Government for integration into the overall

Constitution, the Chairman of the Senate is the next in the

budget of the Government. The First President of the

hierarchy after the country’s Head of State.

Supreme Court of Appeal is the official with competence

THE JUDICIARY

the Permanent Secretariat of the Magistracy.

The Judiciary is independent from the Legislature and the

For the purpose of enhanced effectiveness, courts and

Executive. Its powers are ensured by courts and tribunals,

tribunals are divided into three jurisdictions:

to issue payments in respect of the budget, assisted by

which include: the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, the State Council, the High Military

• Jurisdictions derived from the judiciary order under the

Court, the civil and military courts and tribunals, as well

supervision of the Supreme Court of Appeal;

as the public prosecutors.

• Jurisdictions derived from an administrative order

Adjudication in disputes and claims is exercised over the

• The Constitutional Court.

headed by the State Council; and

entire national territory on behalf of the citizens and the verdicts and judgments thereon, as well as orders from

GEOGRAPHY

courts and tribunals, are rendered and carried out on behalf of the Head of State. No extra or exceptional tri-

LOCATION

bunals are permitted. However, the law is vested with The DRC is in the heart of Africa, and lies astride the

powers to set up specialized jurisdictions.

Equator line; it stretches between latitude 5 degrees The Judiciary has the support of a budget, which is deve-

north and 13 degrees south and between longitude 12

loped by the Superior Council of the magistracy and

degrees east and 31 degrees east.

The proud Palais de Justice stands firm

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The vast terrain of the DRC encompasses a multitude of landscapes

With a surface area of 2,345,000 sq. km, the DRC is the

almost one third of the total land area, with an average

third-largest country in Africa behind Algeria and Sudan.

altitude of some 500 metres.

Its longest distances are 2,100km from east to west, and 2,110km from north to south.

All around the Central Basin lie peripheral plateaus,

It is bordered:

altitudes reaching more than 1,000 metres. Among the

which extend to the eastern highlands with increasing

• to the west by Enclave de Cabinda in Angola and the

highest peaks are Mount Crystal on the downstream side

People’s Republic of Congo (Brazzaville);

of Kinshasa and Mount Mitumba in south-eastern

• to the north by Central African Republic and Sudan;

Katanga.

• to the east by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Zambia;

Eastern DRC is dominated by volcanic highlands and

• to the south by Angola.

lakes such as Idi Amin Lake, Mobutu Lake, Kivu Lake,

The southern boundary is formed by an Atlantic coastline

still active, such as Nyrangongo in southern Rwenzori

of 46km.

(5,119m) and Nyamulagira.

TOPOGRAPHY

NATURAL RESOURCES

DRC has a great diversity of landscapes with the Central

With its favourable geophysical, water and climatic con-

Basin surrounded by high plateaus and uplands in the

ditions, the DRC is well suited to agriculture – 70% of the

east. The Central Basin is a vast lowland area covering

population is involved in farming activities. These condi-

Tanganyika Lake and Moero Lake. Some volcanoes are

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tions allow the cultivation of varied crops: • Subsistence crops: maize, cassava, rice, beans, groundnuts, vinca, voandzou, soya beans, green vegetables, fruits (orange, mango, safou, kola, paw-paw, mangoustan, strawberry, pineapple, guava, banana, passion fruit, custard apple), sweet potatoes, yams and potatoes etc.; • Commercial crops: coffee, cocoa, tea, hevea; • Medicinal plants: quinquina, rauwolfia, digitalis, kolatier, hydnocarpus, datura, strophanthus, camphor, ricinus (castor oil), eucalyptus, citronella, Calabar bean, strychnos, vinca, derris, etc.; • Farming: cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, etc.; • Forestry: production of lumber.

In addition to its agricultural resources, the country has several minerals and ores, the main ones being: copper, cobalt, uranium, pewter, diamond, gold, Colombo tantalite (coltan), oil, bituminous schist, phosphate, manganese, bauxite, iron, etc.

DRC has animals indigenous only to its terrain, like the Bonobo monkey

Many species are becoming extinct. We can make a difference. Be active

and Okapi!

CLIMATE AND WATER

VEGETATION

The climate pattern is predominantly tropical. While the More than one third of the land area is covered by a vast

Central Basin is showered with more than 2,000mm ave-

forest abounding in rich and varied species of plants and

rage rainfall, the south-eastern part is subject to a dry

animals. The remainder of the land area is made up of

season occurring over six to seven months. Average tem-

savannah studded with bushy forests and sparse forests.

peratures are lower than 27 degrees Celsius.

The soil is varied in both nature and fertility and is made

The water resources are mostly dominated by the Congo

up of:

River, which has an average flow at mouth of 45,000

• Alluvial and co-alluvial layers on chalky schists in the

cubic km per second. Accordingly, it has lots of tributa-

cataracts and in southern Kasai;

ries, the navigable parts of which amount to 14,500km

• Reddish soils over the Uele plateaus and in the Ubangi

taken as a whole; this enables the sailing of ferry-boats

district;

of capacity between 150 and 350 tonnes, and there are

• Chalky soils in the Central Basin with medium fertility;

2,185km for ferry-boats of 800 tonnes and more.

Rudimentary soils on the basic rocks in Mayombe and in

PEOPLE AND LANGUAGES

Ituri; • Sandy desert-like soils in the Kalahari covering the Kwango region and a portion of the southern plateau;

The Congolese community is made up of 450 tribes

Recent soils in the valleys and volcanic ashes in eastern

found within the five big ethnic groups: Bantu,

areas, which are the most rich soils of the DRC.

Sudanese, Pygmy, Nilotic and Hamite.

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DRC is a multilingual country with almost 250 dialects

Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and Kimbanguism, as

but the main spoken languages, in addition to the official

well as revival churches.

language (French), are Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba and Swahili.

The DRC also counts Jewish communities. At the begin-

Every ethnic group has distinct ways and customs of its

arrived. They came from East Europe (Romania and

ning of the last century, in 1907, the first Jewish families

own. Each group is subdivided into clans under the

Poland, essentially), South Africa and the region of Israel.

authority of the chief, particularly in relation to manage-

With the World War I and II, Eastern and Southern

ment of affairs and concerning land property of the clan.

European Jews took refuge in DRC. Before the DRC’s independence they were more than 2.500, at the

Before the influence of European civilization, ethnic

moment only 320 Jews are living in the country mostly in

groups were socially and politically organized as king-

the region of Lubumbashi and in Kinshasa. This fall of

doms and empires. Nowadays, some of them still coexist

population coincides with the Belgians leaving in 1960.

alongside modern administrative structures. This is typical of the Kuba Empire, found in the province of Kasai

Since some years ago, the country experienced an unpre-

Occidental and which is governed by King Nimi Kwete

cedented spiritual revival characterized by the blossoming

Mbokashanga, the Luba Empire in the province of

of several movements advocating Christianity or other

Katanga and some successors of the Luba Empire. These

philosophical religious or mystic religious doctrines.

have survived with modern adaptations as administration management structures of the populations under the res-

While maintaining freedom of expression, the State has

ponsibility of the traditional authorities.

subjected the exercise of religious activities in DRC to

RELIGION

ment of fees.

prior authorization by the Ministry of Justice upon pay-

The DRC can be described as a secular country with

Prior to obtaining authorization for operating as a

several religions and religious movements, including

church, assemblies or communities should have available

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appropriate documentation evidencing compliance with

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

legal and regulatory provisions governing charities and

New Ye ar’ s Da y Independence Martyrs’ Day Independence Heroes’ Day Labour Day Liberation da y Independence Feast Parents’ Day Christmas Da y

non-profitmaking organizations (Associations Sans But Lucratif/ASBL).

The Kimbaguist community church, which was founded in 1921 by Simon Kimbangu, is one of the church groups that has developed locally in the DRC.

1st January 4th January 16th and 17th January 1st May 17th May 30th June 1st August 25th December

KIMBANGUISM In most of the cases, if a holiday Among local church groups there is the Eglise de Jésus

falls on a Sunday, the public holiday

Christ sur la Terre par le Prophète Simon Kimbangu

will be postponed to Monday.

(EJCSK) or The Church of Jesus Christ on Earth for the Prophet Simon Kimbangu, whose mission is to perpe-

WORKING HOURS

tuate the evangelism work undertaken by Prophet Simon Kimbangu in colonial times. It is undoubtedly the church

The DRC has a five-day working week. Working hours in

with most followers and influence throughout the DRC

the public and private sectors are from 0800 to 1600

and beyond its frontiers (Angola, Congo-Brazzaville etc.).

Monday to Friday. Some businesses and private companies such as breweries work on Saturdays.

Founded on 6th April 1921, its social purpose is aimed at restoring humankind to its original state via the gospel of

The working hours may sometimes affect Muslims since

Jesus Christ.

they may wish to stop their activities to attend the mosque.

For a long time it faced resistance and persecution from

School hours are from 0700 to 1300 Monday to

the colonial rule, mainly because its ideologies were con-

Saturday. In some schools a second session is organized

sidered contrary to the established order. Its founder,

in the afternoon as there are insufficient facilities for the

Simon Kimbangu, was arrested and taken to a place

number of young people in need of education.

2,000km away and jailed in Katanga, where he died after performing several miracles.

MONEY MATTERS

The Kimbanguist Church was officially recognized in

CURRENCY

December 1960 and since then has developed to the extent that it is now reckoned among the largest reli-

The Congolese Franc (CDF) is the legal currency in the

gious movements in the DRC, with Nkamba as its holy

DRC. Banknote denominations are CDF 5, 10, 20, 50,

place, where the biggest temple of Church is built. It is at

100, 200 and 500.

this place, which is 300km from the capital and which is one of the tourist sites in the Province of Bas-Congo,

Settlement in foreign currencies such as US Dollars and

where a mausoleum was built in remembrance of

Euros is allowed.

Prophet Simon Kimbangu. USD can commonly be used all Kimbanguism has spread over all continents and

over the DRC, but despite the con-

currently has 17 million followers.

dition of the Congolese Francs, Dollars must be in absolute perfect condition, or will not be accepted…

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FOREIGN CURRENCIES

Union, Moneytrans, Moneygram and Mister Cash – which have counters in the main commercial banks.

Foreigners are not prohibited from holding foreign currencies provided that they make a declaration upon

Visitors are advised to refer to rates published by the

arrival.

Central Bank before they engage in any exchange trans-

The DRC applies a floating exchange regime where the

avoid currency swindlers.

actions and to use foreign exchange bureaus in order to

rate of exchange of the local currency into the main freely convertible currencies (USD, Euro) is reached

CREDIT CARDS

depending on market circumstances. Credit cards are not usually used in the DRC. However, On a daily basis, the Central Bank of Congo publishes

they are accepted at banks such as Banque Commerciale

reference exchange rates based on interbank fixing data.

du Congo (BCDC), Procredit Bank, Raw Bank, Trust

Exchange operations may be performed via banks,

Merchant Bank (TMB), Citybank, Stanbic, BIC, Banque

exchange bureaus, foreign exchange brokers or public

Congolaise and BIAC as well as big hotels such as Grand

moneychangers. Exchange rates are published on a daily

Hotel Kinshasa (former Intercontinental) and Memling.

basis, and are subject to bargaining. Beware that credit cards cannot be Visitors may transfer money through E-money transfer agencies that operate throughout the country – Western Be ready to bargain!

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BEFORE AND AFTER YOU ARRIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY Before you arrive Visitors must comply with immigration and health formalities, including having a valid passport, an entry visa and a valid international vaccination card against cholera and yellow fever.

On arrival Entry into the DRC may be by air, sea, railway or road. Visitors planning to arrive by road should be aware that immigration and customs formalities are completed at border points. Those arriving by sea may enter via either

Don't leave home without it!!!!!

Boma or Matadi, located respectively 420km and 366km from Kinshasa, from where they may continue to the capital by air from Tshimpi airport, or by road or railway.

If consulting with a doctor proves necessary, visitors can use the public or private hospital centres such as Cliniques Universitaires, Clinique Ngaliema, Centre

For air travellers, entry is via one of the international air-

Médical de Kinshasa (CMK), Centre Hospitalier Nganda,

ports – Ndjili in Kinshasa, Luano in Lubumbashi, Bangoka

Polyclinique Ngaliema Centre, Clinique LELO, etc.

in Kisangani, Goma in Nord Kivu and Moanda in Gbadolite.

Fees for treatment at medical centres must be paid in cash. These hospital centres do not allow payment by

Upon arrival, visitors must have a passport bearing a valid

cheque or credit card.

entry visa and make formal notification of their assets held in foreign currencies. The local currency, the Congolese Franc (CDF), cannot be exported or imported.

E mergency calls The Congolese National Police authorities have made it possible for a permanent call system in case of danger or

Visitors are strongly recommended to book accommoda-

emergency. Visitors can dial 199 to seek help from the

tion and transport before arrival.

Police d’intervention rapide (PIR) (Emergency Police) based at Echangeur at Limete municipality.

Health services It is advised that visitors obtain advice on the current

During their stay in the DRC investors may get assistance

diseases and precautions to be taken. It is particularly

from the General Director of the Agence Nationale de

recommended to take precautions against malaria,

Promotion des Investissements (National Agency for the

typhus and other tropical diseases caused by a poor

Promotion of Investment/ANAPI), or the Deputy

hygienic environment.

Administrator of the Fédération des Entreprises du Congo (The Federation of Congolese Companies/(FEC)):

In DRC legislation regarding pharmaceutical products is less restrictive and purchase of drugs is not officially

• General Director of ANAPI: +243-816996548

regulated and does not need a doctor’s prescription.

+243-0999925026

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• Deputy Administrator of FEC: +243-818959001 • Secretary General of FEC: +243-818114335

Foreign currencies should be declared at entry. Goods and assets brought for the purpose of sale are subject to

Although prices may seem steep,

customs duties dischargeable at the Customs Office

remember

(Office des Douanes et Accises/OFIDA).

you're

covered

on

2,345,000 Km sq! On leaving the DRC, visitors may freely export souvenirs.

ENTRY VISA REQUIREMENTS AND EXTENSIONS

animals is subject to export licence obtained at the

Foreigners wishing to obtain an entry visa should apply at

Musés nationaux (Ministry of Culture and Arts and of the

diplomatic representatives accredited by DRC in their res-

National Museums) as well as at the Ministère de

Nevertheless, exporting certain works of art and some

Ministère de la Culture et Arts et du Conservateur des

pective countries of origin.

l’Environnement et de la Conservation de la Nature (Ministry of Environment and the Conservation of

So far the DRC has not entered into agreements with any

Wildlife) and the Institut Congolais pour la Conservatioin

country so as to waive the legal obligation to have a visa

de la Nature (The Congolese Institute for the

at entry.

Conservation of Wildlife/ICCN).

However, visas may sometimes be obtained at immigra-

You MUST have a letter of invitation

tion services, provided that due steps are taken upon

to get a visa into the DRC!

arrival into the DRC.

GETTING THERE

The application for a visa should include: • A valid passport; • 2 recent passport photos; • A valid round-trip ticket;

For any long-distance travelling, air

• Evidence of financial means or support;

is generally the only way to go

• A DRC invitation letter for businesspeople or a mission

RAIL AND ROAD ACCESS

order for official agents; • Evidence of accommodation booking; • A certificate of good character not more than three

The main railway line serves Lubumbashi to Ilebo, with a

months old;

branch to Kalemie via Kabalo and Kisangani, but the

• A current certificate of vaccination against cholera and

rolling stock is in a poor state of repair. The roads are also

yellow fever;

in poor condition, becoming almost impassable in the

• A copy of the air ticket;

wet season. Other than in Kinshasa, travel throughout

• 2 completed copies of the visa application form

the country is difficult and many regions (particularly in

(obtained from the DRC embassy in the country of

the east and north) remain insecure.

origin).

SEA ACCESS CUSTOMS There are ports and harbours in Kinshasa, Boma, Matadi, Tourists and visitors who have a permit for temporary

Kisangani, Kindu, Kalemie and Goma. There are boats

stay may bring goods or assets into DRC, except products

and barges operating on the Congo River from Kinshasa

banned by the law such as drugs, weapons, and porno-

to Kisangani.

graphic items and publications.

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DOMESTIC AIR SERVICES

Air connections exist between Kinshasa and Matadi, the main maritime port, Lubumbashi and Kananga via Muene

Domestic air services are well developed, with 16 carriers

Ditu, Kananga and Ilebo, Lubumbashi, and Kalemie via

serving 19 airports plus a number of airstrips. A sche-

Kamina, Lubumbashi and Kindu via Kamina, Kisangani

duled domestic service is provided by Hewa Bora Airways,

and Ubundu, and Bumba and Mungbere via Aketi and

linking Kinshasa with the other main urban centres.

Isiro. This network also services transport of goods and commodities (freight).

The DRC is serviced by several airlines. Find more information about

DRIVING LICENCE AND PERMIT

DRC airlines in the Address Book section

The Congolese traffic code requires driving on the right side of the road and drivers should possess a valid driving

GETTING AROUND

licence issued by the Commission Nationale de Prevention Routière (National Commission for Road

Getting around the DRC does not require any particular

Safety/CNPR), which is a department of the Ministry of

formality, except for access to mining areas, which are

Transport, Roads and Communication.

subject to restrictions. Driving licences fall into five categories (A, B, C, D and E) Getting around the DRC may be done by air, road and

according to engine size. They are obtained after training

river. However, due to the long distances and roads that

successfully with a registered motor-school and payment

are often in bad repair, mostly during the rainy season, it

of fees (currently set at US $30). The driving licence is

is advisable to travel by plane.

renewable every five years. International driving licences are also valid.

Several airline companies connect many places to the capital as well as main cities in the provinces on a daily

Right-hand-drive

basis. Such services are provided by airlines such as

However, the traffic police authorities are intending to

Hewa Bora Airways (HBA), CAA (Companie Africaine

prohibit import of such vehicles soon owing to potential

d’Aviation), Business Aviation, Filair, Malila Airlift, Malu

crash risk for those driving or using them.

Aviation and Air Tropiques. There are many different ways for people to travel

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B U S I N E S S

R E S O U R C E S

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BUSINESS RESOURCES

ADVERTISING AGENCIES

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AIR CHARTER Air Tropique

Dispromalt

Aéroport de N’dolo

1ère rue, Q/Funa

Kinshasa, Barumbu

Kinshasa, Limete

Tel: +243-99-8128094

Tel: +243-99-9945885 / 81-9945770 Bravo Air Congo Divo

bld. du 30 juin

bld. du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8437837

Tel: +243-99-6012000

Email: deo@divo.cd

Website: www.bravoaircongo.com

Oeil Gra phisme

CAA

5 av. de l’Action

7 6ème rue

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Limete

Tel: +243-81-8840197

Tel: +243-99-9902840 Email: itadek@hotmail.com

Pagewe bcongo Kinshasa, Gombe

Filair

Tel: +243-99-9927703 / 81-5250100

Aéroport de N’dolo

Email: info@pageweb.cd

Kinshasa, Barumbu

Website: www.pagewebcongo.com

Tel: +243-99-8002486 Email: filair@micronet.cd

Publi-Inter 123 11ème rue

Hewa Bora Airways

Kinshasa, Limete

1928 av. Kabambare

Tel: +243-81-8128740 / 89-8910495

Kinshasa, Barumbu

Email: emile@publinter.cd

Tel: +243-81-7005008 Email: gilles@hba.cd

Pygma Ogilvy Imm. Botour, 9e niveau,

Ma lila Airlift

Kinshasa, Gombe

Aeroport de N’dolo

Tel: +243-99-8016045

Kinshasa, Barumbu

Email: aliceb@pygmaogilvy.com

Tel: +243-99-9939807 Email: Malila_airlift@yahoo.fr

DRC Conta ct Kinshasa, Gombe

Ma lu Aviation

Tel: +243-99-8870410

Aéroport de N’dolo

Email: drc_contacts@yahoo.fr

Kinshasa, Barumbu Tel: +243-81-8846801 Email: malu.aviation@ic.cd

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AIR COURIER EXPRESS

w w w. e b i z g u i d e s . c o m Congo T ravel Service 11 bld. du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe

Agetraf/Congo Containers

Tel: +243-99-9998404 / 81-5000422

4200 av. Général Bobozo, Q/N’dolo Kinshasa, Barumbe

GTM

Tel: +243-81-5110114 / 89-8946770

22A bld. du 30 juin

Email: agetraf@agetraf.cd

Kinshasa, Gombe

Website: www.agetraf.cd

Tel: +243-99-8018900 / 81-8845724 Email: opsgtm@afrinet.cd

CAA 7 6ème rue Kinshasa, Limete Tel: +243-99-9902840

Trans Air Ca rgo Services

Email: itadek@hotmail.com

14e rue 13/B Kinshasa, Limete

Email: fihtcr1@dhl.com

Tel: +243-81-5030404 DHL 180 av. du Marché

T ransgazelle

Kinshasa, Gombe

av. Kabinda

Tel: +243-81-7888810

Kinshasa, Lingwala Tel: +243-99-9994000

GT S Express

Email: saebkanso@hotmail.com

Crois. av. Wagenia et Equateur Port of Matadi, the country's revolving door

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9918740 Email: gtsriho@ic.cd

CARGO SHIPPING Afritrans 1169 av. des Poids Lourds Kinshasa, Kingabua Tel: +243-81-7005200 / 99-9915240 Email: Afritrans_kin@yahoo.fr Website: www.afritrans.cd

Agetraf/Congo Containers 4200 av. Général Bobozo, Q/N’dolo Kinshasa, Barumbe Tel: +243-81-5110114 / 89-8946770 Email: agetraf@agetraf.cd Website: www.agetraf.cd

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CAR HIRE A cha uffere d car is recom mende d as the tra ffic in Kinsha sa is insa ne! Hertz Avis

Hotel Memling et CFAO

Grand Hotel Kinshasa

B.P. 2200, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-7005690 / 81-8844782

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9936321

Email: hertzkin@cfao.com Website: www.hertz.com

British Ca rs & Pa rts Limited 22 bld. du 30 juin, Immeuble Immoaf

Renka Sprl

Kinshasa, Gombe

50 av. du Tchad, Hรถtel Memling

Tel: +243-99-9947807

Kinshasa, Gombe

Europcar (K ababe Sprl)

Email: renkakin@yahoo.fr

Tel: +243-81-5021957

43 av. Colonel Ebeya Kinshasa, Gombe

K upic T ravel & T ours

Tel: +243-99-9915401 / 99-9924801

Tel: +243-81-0336799

Email: europcar.dir@ic.cd

Email: reservations@kupictravels.cd

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S.E .A

Le Mandarin

315 avenue des Syndicats,

7e étage, Immeuble INSS

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-8512346

Tel: +243-99-9931358

Email: antonybeguin@hotmail.com

Chinese.

CATERERS

Ma ngoustan

L’E xtreme

Kinshasa, Gombe

5D av. du Tchad, Hotel Memling

av. de l’Equateur,

Tel: +243-81-7001111

Kinshasa, Gombe

Congolese and European.

Tel: +243-99-9925126 Res taurant La Ciboule tte Le Caf’ Conc’

15 av. Colonel Lukusa

13 av. de la Nation

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9942710

Tel: +243-81-8128439 / 89-8910593

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BUSINESS RESOURCES

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Building in boulevard du 30 juin, one of the main streets of Kinshasa

Restaurant La Piscine 4 av. Luambo Makiadi

CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Kinshasa, Gombe Although there is a lack of proper

Tel: +243-81-5048520

conference centres most hotels

Greek.

offer a minimum of some small Restaura nt New Ala din

private rooms for meetings.

726 av. de la Paix Kinshasa, Gombe

Chateau Margau

Tel: +243-89-8921000 / 99-8220820

3668 av. Mbuji-Mayi

Oriental and Lebanese.

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9917953 / 81-7005036

Super Aubaine 6081 av. Lokole

Cine polis

Kinshasa, Gombe

bld. du 30 juin

Tel: +243-89-8939922

Kinshasa, Gombe

Congolese and European.

Tel: +243-99-9926426

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CONSULTANTS

4 av. Batetela Kinshasa, Gombe

Deloitte

Tel: +243-89-8946660/61/62

94 bld. du 30 juin

Email: Grandhotelkinshasa@ic.cd

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-7005091

Website: www.grandhotelkinshasa.cd

Email: gpocd@gpopartners.com Memling

Website: www.gpopartners.com

5D av. du Tchad Kinshasa, Gombe

Fida frica

Tel: +243-81-7001111

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: info@memling.net

Tel: +243-81-0536849

Website: www.memling.net

Email: Guamieri.david@cd.pwc.com

Hotel Invest RT NC

Ile ka Cons ulting

av. de la LibĂŠration

bld. du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Lingwala

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8237477

Tel: +243-81-4706408 Email: ilekahenri@yahoo.fr Website: www.ilekaconsulting.com


BUSINESS RESOURCES

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KPM G Congo RDC 12e niveau tour BCDC Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-89-8927000/172 Soficom Change

Email: kpmg@ic.cd

1 av. des Sénégalais Master Team Cons ulting

Kinshasa, Gombe

1C Imm. Kasai, Place Royal

Tel: +243-99-9946659 / 81-5183230

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-0375631

Solidarite Change

Email: mandack@masterteam.fr

bld. du 30 juin, Galerie du Centenaire

Website: www.masterteam.fr

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9934330

Pricewaterhouse Coopers 13 av. de la Mongala

Equinoxe

Kinshasa, Gombe

bld. du 30 juin, Place Royal

Tel: +243-99-8396271

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: Benjamin.nzailu@cd.pwc.com

Tel: +243-99-9941116

Sesomo

Es toril

396 av. Colonel Ebeya

10 av. Kabasele

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Barumbu

Tel: +243-99-9942581

Tel: +243-81-5091286

FOREX BUREAUS

HOTELS

ABS Sprl Se e Le is ure section.

16 av. Batetela, Grand Hotel de Kinshasa Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9915303

HUMAN RESOURCES Sodeico 1 av. de l’Oua, entee Procoki Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9968020 / 99-7416404 Moneytrans

Email: direction@sodeico.net

av. Batetela, Grand Hotel

Website: www.sodeico.net

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9923560 / 99-8310128

INSURANCE Allc de Court d’Ass et Eas Tel: +243-99-8167649 Email: acardc@caramail.com

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Belgault & Companie

Microcom

bld. du 30 juin, building Ruwenzori

4 av. Mutombo Katshi

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-5115988 / 81-5115997

Tel: +243-81-8845480 Email: microcom@micronet.cd

Che z Le Jeune

Website: www.microcom.cd

av. du port, Immeuble Forescom Tel: +243-99-9939819

LANGUAGE CENTRES

Email: lejeune@ic.cd AB C Gras Sa voye

Place Socimat

1525 bld. du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9977777

Tel: +243-81-0838870/73 Email: Grassavoye.rdc@micronet.cd

Alliance Franco-Concolais e 11 av. Lubefu

Socodam

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9915270 / 99 8303253

Tel: +243-99-8206911

Email: socodam@hotmail.com

Email: Afkinshasa@yahoo.fr

Sonas

Cali

bld. du 30 juin

av. Colonel Mondjiba

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa/Ngaliema

Tel: +243-81-0336787

Tel: +243-81-2010737

Email: sonas@hotmail.com K LC

INTERNET PROVIDERS

Place de la Gare Centrale Kinshasa, Gombe

Cyber Ne t

Tel: +243-99-8176204

Nouvelles Galeries Présidentielles, RCM 21, Kinshasa, Gombe

Soft Hard

Tel: +243-81-7005112/5111

Immeuble Botour, local 49 Kinshasa, Gombe

Globa l Broadband Solutions 4630 av. de la science

Tel: +243-99-9940716 Email: typemaleko@hotmail.com

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-0884344 Email: Dvds@gb-solution.com

LEGAL SERVICES

Fa st Net

Loko et Ass ocies Avocats

14 av. Tombalbaye

Galerie Pacha, à coté du Memling

Kinshasa, Gombe

Local 16, 2e étage

Tel: +243-99-9919742

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9924898

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Mme Blaise Lunda

Le Potentiel

av. Flamboyant, av. de la Libération

873 av. Bas-Congo

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9942797

Tel: +243-99-8135483

Mme Genevieve Decamp

Le Pa lmares

av. de l’Equateur, Immeuble PEK

av. du livre, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8170544 / 99-8206490

Tel: +243-89-8910556 Le Phare Mme . Lukusa Mutobola

av. Colonel Lukusa, Building du 29 juin

Nouvelles Galeries Presidentielles

Kinshasa, Gombe

Local 1, M15

Tel: +243-81-33330195 / 99-9906352

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-89-8924290

Uhuru

Mme . Monique Ja ras sier

Kinshasa, Ngaliema

Immeuble ex. Sabena, bld. du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-8100012

374 av. Colonel Mondjiba, Galerie St Pierre

Kinshasa, Gombe Regards sur K inshasa Mme . Joel Osias

Hôtel de Ville

Imm. Noguera, angle Kasa-vubu et Commerce

150 av. Colonel Ebeya

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9903811

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Email: musafiri@jcc.cd

bld. du 30 juin

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Email: info@aitec-corporation.com

Tel: +243-81-2065775

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Building Botour, local 68/69

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Email: Marketing@radiocom.cd

Binza Pigeon

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some people will do internet house

Kinshasa, Gombe

calls!

Tel: +243-81-5096302 Email: kin@telesat.cd

PROPERTY

SECURITY SERVICES

Hasson & Frères 11 av. Basoko

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Kinshasa, Gombe

2308 av. Mbuji-Mayi

Tel: +243-81-1843489

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Kinshasa, Gombe

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Email: immoaf@ic.cd

Tel: +243-81-8139402 / 81-715404 Email: Frik_van_heerden@yahoo.fr

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WHY TO DO BUSINESS IN DRC

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• Exchange control allowing free transfer of interest, dividends and royalties. • The drafting and enforcement of the Investments Code,

Currently the business climate and general environment

the Mining Code and the Forest Code, which all gua-

in the DRC are less than attractive for investors seeking

rantee to investors not only protection of their interests,

ready-made opportunities. The country has not yet totally

but also substantial customs and tax incentives.

broken away from the adverse aftermath of its unstable

• The setting up of ANAPI (Agence Nationale pour la

political history of the early years of independence and

Promotion des Investissements / National Agency for the

some practices still exist that are inconsistent with good

Protection of Investments) and the opening of offices to

governance. This period of political instability has

assist in the process of setting up companies.

resulted in damage to large parts of the socioeconomic

• The enforcement of major changes in public funding

infrastructure.

and moves towards privatization of several state-owned companies, for which shareholding is now or soon to be

However, there are reasons to expect a good future for

available.

the country, since major changes have taken place within the public administration, the magistracy and the tax

Investment incentives are numerous and varied, notably

legislation with a view to reducing corruption, adminis-

in the following sectors:

trative, judicial and tax barriers, and to safeguard respect for private property.

• Agriculture, farming, fishing, fish-farming, tree planting and forestry;

In early 2007 new institutions were set up following the

• Mining;

democratic elections, which have brought about a relati-

• Metallurgy;

vely stable political era, and the DRC, in association with

• Manufacturing;

aid from Bretton Woods institutions and the European

• Timber;

Community, can now engage in the process of rehabili-

• Food;

tating the socioeconomic infrastructure damaged by

• Textiles and clothing;

wars and plundering.

• Pharmaceuticals; • Housing, building and public works;

This stabilization effort in political life and restoring of

• Cleansing and drinking water distribution;

poor infrastructure will allow the country to offer a suffi-

• Production and distribution of electricity;

ciently attractive environment to new investors, making it

• Transports;

possible to take up the following opportunities:

• Hydrocarbons; • Banking and insurance;

• A large potential local market, including more than 62

• Telephones and telecommunications;

million inhabitants, and a potential regional market rea-

• Tourism, accommodation and food catering;

ching out to bordering countries in Central Africa.

• Commerce.

• An abundance of mining, agriculture, energy, forestry, water and tourist resources. The DRC has a monopoly on

Although the DRC is not the easiest

some of these resources within the region.

country in which to do business,

• A stable macroeconomic framework for five years with

your opportunities are as vast as

a curbed inflation rate (around 18% per annum), a

the country!

growth rate of almost 7% per annum, a stable currency, resulting from backing by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the adoption of drastic budgetary discipline by the Government.

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NATIONAL LAWS AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTMENTS LEGISLATION ON BUSINESS COMPANIES

The most usual forms of company are SPRL and SARL, the shareholders’ liability of which is limited to their respective contributions.

In an SPRL, social shares are compulsorily uniform, nominal and not disposable (not transferable).

In compliance with the legislation on business compa-

Incorporation of an SARL requires a minimum of seven

nies, foreign physical persons or legal entities may con-

shareholders at inception, and it is subject to prior autho-

duct business in the DRC under the form of a Congolese

rization of the Head of State and to payment of propor-

commercial company (subsidiary) or a branch or by incor-

tional fees amounting to 6% of share capital.

poration of a business company. The Decree no. 79/025 of 7th February 1979, which To conform to the laws, a business company may be

governs the performance of businesses in the DRC, pro-

established under one of the following forms:

vides procedures regarding incorporation of companies under the Congolese company law including:

• Société en nom collectif (SNC) (Limited Partnership); • Société en commandite simple (SCS) (Sole Partnership);

• Registration of a business and submission of articles of

• Société privée à responsabilité limitée (SPRL) (Private

incorporation of the company duly notarized at the office

Limited Company);

of the Clerk of the Court for registration at the company

• Société par actions à responsabilité limitée (SARL)

registrar (NRC). Concerning foreigners or a foreign com-

(Public Limited Company);

pany, the Decree 66/260 of 24th April 1966 requires

• Société coopérative (SC) (Cooperative).

registration at the company registrar and submission of

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financial guarantees fixed at CDF 50 million (about US

which are designed for general purposes as well as legal

$100,000) to be deposited into a Congolese bank;

regulations tailored to some sectors and specific activi-

• Payment of proportional fees of 6% of share capital for

ties.

SARL; • Payment of lump sum amount for submission of the

The Investment Code of the DRC is among the most

articles of incorporation;

attractive in Africa for its customs, taxes and exceptional

• Opening of a deposit bank account;

incentives, which apply to national and foreign investors

• Obtaining a national identification number at the

over a period from three to five years according to where

Ministry of the Economy under conditions fixed by Order

their business is established. However, these incentives

no. 023 of 3rd October 1998;

are not applicable to investments in sectors such as

• Obtaining an import/export registration number at the

mining, hydrocarbons, banking, insurance, business acti-

Ministry of Foreign Trade;

vities, weapons industry, and other sectors governed by

• Requesting a tax registration number at the General

particular laws.

Administration of Tax (DGI); • Obtaining a residence visa and a work permit for

See the Provinces section to get a

foreign personnel.

better idea of the regional incentives

To comply with these complex procedures requires an almost comprehensive knowledge of the wheels of public administration, tax and judiciary administration of the

Customs Incentives in the Investment Code

DRC. For this reason, a newly settled investor is strongly encouraged to seek advice from a proficient consultancy

An investor eligible under the investment incentives is

firm with enough expertise in the business area con-

entitled to:

cerned. • Total exemption from import duties and extra taxes on At operation or production phase, investors are required

machinery, tools and brand new equipment as well as on

to comply with Law no. 77 332 of 30th November 1977

spare parts at the first endowment for a value lesser than

governing the Congolese Accounting Standards (referred

the CIF value of the equipment, heavy engines, second-

to as PCGC) and other practices to be followed by all

hand vessels and aircraft;

public and private companies. These standards require a

• Total exemption from export duties and taxes for part

business to maintain accounts in the official language

or whole of the products finished, manufactured or semi-

(French) and in Congolese Francs (CDF).

processed yielded by an investment.

INVESTMENT LEGISLATION

Tax and extra fiscal incentives in the Investment Code

The general framework for investment falls under Law 004/2002 of 21st February 2002 promulgating the

• Total exemption from tax on professional income (cor-

Investment Code and providing for the regulation of

porate income tax);

business, and Decree 0065/2002 of 5th June 2002 con-

• Declining-balance depreciation for investments made in

cerning articles of incorporation, organization and func-

socioeconomic infrastructure (hospitals, education facili-

tioning of l’Agence Nationale pour la Promotion des

ties, roads etc.);

Investissements (The National Agency for the Promotion

• Exemption from proportional fees regarding incorpora-

of Investment/ANAPI). For an in-depth knowledge of the

tion as an SARL at registration or in cases where the

Congolese business environment, investors are strongly

share capital is subject to increase;

advised to study the meaning and wording of these laws,

• Exemption of fixed duties;

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• Exemption from tax levied on built land surfaces, in

• Providing the necessary means for eliminating all impe-

connection

diments or obstacles against investment.

with

investment

projects

entitled

to

Investment Code advantages; • Exemption from domestic sales tax on purchase of

In this regard, ANAPI constitutes a reference point gua-

equipment and industrial items manufactured in the

ranteeing investors appropriate information as well as

DRC.

assistance and necessary guidance for the completion of

Decree 0065/2002 of 5th June 2002

tment projects.

This decree regulates the articles of incorporation, and

Forestry Code

administrative formalities and the realization of inves-

the organization and functioning of ANAPI, which is The recent Forestry Code is based on modern principles

charged with:

for the management of forestry resources and interna• Promoting private, public and mixed investments either

tional conventions with respect to the environment.

within the country or abroad; • Investment projects entitled to the unique regime

The promulgation of the code has been an opportunity

under the Investment Code incentives;

for updating basic provisions of the Congolese forestry

• Ensuring the effectiveness of the Guichet Unique, as

system and its enforcement measures as of 11th April

well as offering diverse services to investors regarding the

1949.

implementation of their projects;

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• Transfer of income from exports (article 269); • Exchange control fees (article 270).

• Timber areas have been classified into three categories: classified forests, protected forests and forests of perma-

Labour Code

nent production; • Specific regulations relative to the forestry tax system

The legislation on social affairs and labour is provided

guaranteeing a longstanding management of the forest

within the recent Labour Code, which regulates profes-

resources, an incentive for better forest management and

sional relationships between employers and employees.

reconciling of development objectives along with timber New provisions in this Code include the abolishment of

industry objectives.

provisions on the legal incapacity of women, who no Individuals or companies may enter into forested area

longer have to seek their husband’s approval in order to

contracts with the Government, provided that sufficient

work. The Code establishes the process for the collection

technical and financial guarantees are deposited. The

of social contributions due to the Institut National de

maximum forestry area granted to an individual cannot

Sécurité Sociale (INSS/National Institution for Social

exceed 500,000 hectares (1235,526.91 acres).

Security) and the Institut National de Préparation Professionnelle (INPP/National Institution for Vocational

The Code requires a holder of a forestry contract to start

Education).

activities within 18 months following the contract date. The Code also contains provisions for the settling of pro-

Mining Code

fessional disputes between employees and employers through the agency of the General Inspectorate of

The DRC’s Mining Code was promulgated under Law no.

Labour.

007/2002 of 11th July 2002. This Code regulates the tax and customs regime applicable to holders of mining

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rights, to affiliated companies and subcontractors. It enti-

page for full documentation on the

tles investors to substantial incentives relative to:

various investment codes.

INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND AGREEMENTS

• Tax on mine surfaces (article 238); • Mining fees (article 241); • Tax on rentals (article 246); • Corporate income tax (article 247);

Thanks to its status as a country in partnership with the

• Depreciation (article 249);

European Community (Cotonou Agreement), the DRC is

• Deferred depreciation (article 250);

a member state in the African, Caribbean and Pacific

• Research and development expenses (article 252);

group of states (ACP). It is also a member of the Common

• Capital gains on transfer of titles (article 253);

Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the

• Provision for reconstitution of mining areas (article 257);

Southern African Development Community (SADEC), and

• Provision for rehabilitation of sites (article 258);

the Economic Community of Central African States

• Sales tax (article 259);

(ECCAS) and the Community of the Great Lakes

• Exceptional tax on expatriate salaries (article 260);

Countries (CPGL). As a member of these bodies, the DRC

• Transfers of funds abroad (article 264);

has committed to fully complying with regulations, some

• The management of main accounts and accounts for

of which are restrictive, based on treaties and agreements

servicing of foreign debt (article 271);

entered into with its partners.

• Repatriation of export income (article 269);

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Furthermore, the DRC is a member state of the United

Congolese or foreign nationals hired in the DRC are also

Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the World

subject to income tax at progressive rates banded bet-

Trade Organization (WTO).

ween 3% and 50%, but the resulting total tax will not exceed 30% of taxable remuneration as a whole. The

Since 2005 DRC has joined the African Trade Insurance

taxable base at IPR consists of the following: family allo-

Agency (ACI), which is aimed at facilitating, fostering and

wances, transport allowances, housing allowances,

developing the supply of insurance, including co-insu-

medical fees and contributions to the official pension

rance and re-insurance, guarantees and other financial

funds.

instruments, for commercial investment exchanges as well as other productive activities in Africa.

A person who is an active shareholder in a company other than an SARL is also subject to taxes on salaries and

Investors should understand the international laws and

benefits.

regulations relevant to their markets and thus integrate their investments into the Congolese context and busi-

The tax payment schedule is as follows in respect of tax

ness world.

instalments, tax deducted at source and corporate tax:

TAXATION AND CUSTOMS REGIMES Tax and customs legislation is established under two types of regime: the common law regime and the specific regime.

TAX AND CUSTOMS REGIME UNDER COMMON LAW The tax and customs regime establishes taxes and duties owed to the Congolese Government by any business, whatever the nationality of incorporation, for example:

It is important to note that expatriate salaries tax (IERE) cannot be deducted from corporate income tax (profit), and where a loss is made, the minimum payable corporate income tax amount is 1% of the turnover of the period, or US $2,500. Carrying over of losses is authorized over five periods.

To date, there are no double taxation agreements between the DRC and other countries.

Business companies are taxed only on income derived from activities conducted within the DRC.

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Customs tax and duties applicable to forestry

Excise and customs duties are established as follows:

In addition to duties and taxes prescribed by the common law, forestry operators are subject to exceptional taxes as follows:

SPECIFIC CUSTOMS AND TAX REGIME This regime, which is more favourable than the common law regime, applies on a selective basis to some activity sectors with high potential such as mining, hydrocarbons and forestry.

The table below offers guidance on specific taxation applied to these three sectors in terms of reduction of tax rates and exemptions. Taxes not explicitly mentioned are prescribed within the common law.

The government is making a real effort on cutting down the days it takes to set up a commercial company, but be patient, your paperwork will eventually come back to you.

Businesses conducting activities relating to the logging trade or industrial saw-mills are required to pay duties

Customs tax and duties applicable to mining

and fees prescribed in the Forestry Code irrespective of the tax regime they are subjected to.

Affiliates and subcontractors may also benefit from incentives that mining title holders are entitled to.

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Tax and customs duties concerning hydrocarbons

permitted. Nevertheless, for transfer of sums exceeding

Businesses in the hydrocarbons sector must obtain a

a bank appointed by the Central Bank.

• Common transfers, transfers of income and funds are

US $10,000, declaration thereon is required to be filed at

mining title via a Permis de Reconnaissance et

• The Central Bank has fixed at either US $10,000 or the

d’Exploration (Permit for Prospecting and Exploration) as

equivalent in another foreign currency the ceiling amount

well as an exploitation permit issued under an oil conven-

to be held in cash while crossing the national frontiers.

tion from the Ministers in charge of Energy and Finances.

Export of amounts exceeding this ceiling should be by bank transfer.

This convention becomes valid only after approval by the

• Transactions or services rendered throughout the

President of the Republic.

country are usually assessed or paid for in local currency.

EXCHANGE CONTROLS

• The law allows the Central Bank to levy exchange fees

However, these can be discharged in foreign currency.

of 2% on every payment made to or from foreign counPeople planning to invest in the DRC are required to pro-

tries irrespective of the status of the sender or benefi-

cure enough knowledge about the essential require-

ciary. These fees are levied on every payment made to or

ments of exchange controls as prescribed by the Central

received from approved banks or from abroad and any

Bank of the Congo as summarized below:

exportation with no repatriation of foreign currency funds.

• The DRC has adopted a floating exchange regime allo-

• For any payment to be given or received as income,

wing freedom to hold foreign currency.

current transfers or circulation of capital, the appointed

Older children help out and learn the trade in small-scale commerce

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bank is held to issue a declaration on expenses or receipts

Beware to double check the reputa-

in foreign currencies. Transfer of earnings should be

tion of whomever you buy a plot of

understood as remuneration, returns on direct inves-

land from. Also, keep in mind that you buy the rights of the land, but it

tments, returns from convertible liquid assets and other

still belongs to the government!

investments. • Inflow of funds as direct, convertible liquid assets or other investments, including advance funding for expor-

CUSTOMS DUTIES

tations, is authorized against a declaration. Funds invested in DRC should be derived from licit eco-

The Treasury collects tax on imported or exported pro-

nomic transactions.

ducts through the agency of Office des Douanes et

RESTRICTION ON EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS

the basis of assessment for commodities imported, whe-

Accises (OFIDA/Customs Office). The CIF value is used as

reas the FOB value is used for exported commodities.

While there is no legal restriction placed on employment

Under the Customs Code, excise and customs duties are

of foreign workers, they are required to seek a residence

established as follows:

visa and a work permit from the immigration services (Direction Générale des Migrations\DGM) and the Labour

• Entry duties (imports): banded from 3% to 13% on CIF

and Social Providence Ministry (Ministère du Travail et de

value;

la Prévoyance Sociale).

• Exit duties (exports): banded from 1% to 10% on FOB value;

Issuance of both residence visas and work permits is con-

• Excise duties: banded from 3% to 13%.

tingent upon payment of fees to the Treasury. Incentives for investment in sectors of high potential have Employers are obligated to file a return for the purpose

been established under a special tax system, mainly for

of social security contributions (SSC) at the INSS (Institut

mining, hydrocarbons and forestry.

National de Sécurité Sociale), which is entrusted with the management of pension and retirement funds; in addi-

For instance, customs and excise duties are fixed as

tion, employers are required to contribute SSC according

follows for mining and forestry products:

to the number of employees. Mining sector

IMPORTATION LICENCE AND CUSTOMS DUTIES

Entry duties: 2% to 5%; Exit duties: 0%; Excise duties: 0%.

There are no exchange controls in the DRC or application of quotas to imports and exports.

Forestry sector Exportation of timber logs: 3% to 6% of FOB value;

Businesses conducting import and export activities must

Exportation of felled timber: 1% to 2%.

obtain a licence model M for imports and model V for

REPATRIATION OF FUNDS AND PROFITS

exports from appointed banks.

Companies are not compelled to repatriate foreign currencies derived from exports.

Repatriation of funds and income from investments in the DRC are governed by the circulars and guidance of the Central Bank of Congo (CBC).

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Following instructions from the CBC, funds for repatria-

Central Africa (with around 250 million consumers inclu-

tion are those earned as salaries and returns from direct

ding the populations of peripheral countries), conducive

investments, portfolio liquid assets and other inves-

to wide-scale agricultural and industrial production of

tments.

goods and services likely to be sold locally and the surplus

Current transfers, repatriation of income and funds are

markets and so on.

of which can be exported to European, American, Asian

not subject to restrictions. However, when they exceed US $10,000 a request for the declaration should be made to an appointed bank.

DRC’s membership of several subregional economic zones like SADC, Comesa and CEEAC gives it a central role, thanks to which the movement of locally produced

For any payment to be given or received as income,

goods is made possible. Taking all of this into account,

current transfers or circulation of funds, an appointed

ANAPI provides a full service to those wishing to invest in

bank must issue a declaration on expenses or receipts in

the DRC.

foreign currencies. The inflow of funds as direct investments, portfolio and other investments, including

“ANAPI is a one-stop shop as regards public, private

advances of funds for exports, is allowed provided a

and semi-public investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

declaration form is completed.

MAIN COMPANIES

FÉDÉRATION DES ENTREPRISES DU CONGO (FEC)

ANAPI – AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA PROMOTION DES INVESTISSEMENTS

Henri Yav Mulang Administrator

Mathias Buabua Wa Kayembe

10 av. des Aviateurs, Kinshasa/Gombe

General Director

Tel: +243-99-9907953

54 av. Colonel Ebeya, 2ème niveau Immeuble

Website: www.fec.cd

ex-Sozabanque, B.P. 1797, Kinshasa

Date of Creation: 1972

Tel: +243-99-9925026 Email: anapirdc@yahoo.fr

Created in 1972 by Ordinance-Law, the Fédération des

Website: www.anapi.org

Entreprises du Congo (FEC), or Federation of Congolese Companies, is a non-profit association. The FEC gathers

The National Agency for Investment Promotion (ANAPI)

together private and public companies working all over

was set up in February 2002. ANAPI was set up to be a

the DRC, of all sizes and from all sectors. One of its main

one-stop shop in terms of investment in the Democratic

objectives is ‘To ensure the promotion of the businesses

Republic of Congo. Its investment promotion covers

in Democratic Republic of Congo’. The FEC advocates for

almost all areas, including: agriculture, agribusiness,

companies, in particular with respect to the authorities.

breeding, fishing, manufacturing industries, hotel trade and catering, buildings and civil engineering, council

The FEC assumes the duties of a chamber of trade,

houses, timber and forestry, air, road, sea, river transport,

industry and agriculture as well as being a professional

telecommunications, information technologies, energy,

organization for employers. It is particularly charged with

textiles and mining, banking and insurance.

promoting the interests of the companies in various bran-

Owing to its strategic position, the DR Congo, with its 60

mony with the common interest.

ches of industry, the social sector and science, in har-

million inhabitants, has become the biggest market in

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For this purpose, the FEC aims to:

The FPI’s main mission is to promote the rise of

• advocate for the interests of its company members;

Congolese industry by supporting existing industries and

• cooperate in the implementation of the economic and

promoting new ones. It also promotes industrial integra-

social development programme of the country;

tion in general, and research activities, allowing the deve-

• enable and consolidate harmonious relationships bet-

lopment and improvement of the industrial sector.

ween the authorities and companies; • encourage and pursue in all areas a profitable financing

The most important objective of the FPI is the installation

and investment policy;

of an industrial network, which participates in adding

• work for the establishment of a favourable climate bet-

value to local resources and allowing a satisfaction of

ween companies, their workers and their trade union

local needs. The FPI also focuses on reducing the depen-

organizations.

dence of the Congolese economy on exterior participa-

FEC also represents national and international organiza-

ducts.

tion and promoting the exportation of its industrial pro-

tions, industrial, agricultural, commercial, social and artisanal activities as well as employers. It advises companies

In carrying out its mission for 2003 and 2004 alone, the

on the interpretation of legal regulations (national or

FPI financed 98 projects totalling nearly US $18 million.

foreign), and provides information on these to members. In keeping with its proximity policy, the FPI has provincial The FEC frequently welcomes economic and commercial

offices and branches in Lubumbashi, Matadi, Mbuji-Mayi,

missions from foreign countries and international organi-

Kisangani, Bukavu, Kananga, Boma, Mwene-Ditu and

zations, through which it establishes solid relations for

Kasumbalesa. It has projects to open new offices in

collaboration in favour of its members. The FEC has

Banbundu, Beni, Butembo, Mbandaka and Moanda.

already collaborated with many organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the

The FPI is always open to new business partnerships with

African Development Bank, etc. That is why the mission

investors and financial development institutions.

of the FEC is: “United to build.”

FONDS DE PROMOTION DE L’INDUSTRIE (FPI) Levys Fundu N’Kota General Manager 16 av. Lukusa, Kinshasa/Gombe Tel: +243-99-937409 Email: fpi@micronet.cd

Date of Creation: 1989

Created by the Ordinance of 7th August 1989, Fonds de Promotion de l’Industrie (FPI) is a public company dealing in economic and financial issues. At the functional level, the FPI is under the administrative and financial supervision of the Ministry of Portfolio, and under the technical supervision of the Ministry of Industry.

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OVERVIEW DRC has an outrageous potential of natural resources to exploit, principally mining, energy, timber and minerals. The country also has major reserves of hydroelectricity and an interesting potential in agriculture, still the core of its economy.

However, to emphasize and exploit its potential, DRC crucially needs to rehabilitate and maintain its infrastructures, as well as major investments in social services for which the government is still relaying on ODA and the private sector. As for today, the economy still suffers from the legacy of its elite’s corruption under Mobotu Sese Seko’s presidency (1965-1997) and from the civil war of the past decade. Nonetheless recent reforms and policies established to resolve the economic decline are already showing promising results. The recent fiscal and

kept up by the IMF and the World Bank, as well as some

ECONOMIC POLICY / REFORMS AND PERFORMANCE

infrastructural investments and efforts to present more

The main challenge of DRC is to implement reforms that

monetary performance of the government’s strategy,

transparency and formalisation, already have positive

will allow breaking out with past practices and maintain

effects on some economic sectors. For instance, produc-

healthy macroeconomic fundamentals. Since 2001, pro-

tion improvements were registered in agriculture and

gress was made and a significant rupture with the past

particularly in mining.

political practices of informalisation, lack of transparency and fraud was struck up. This was triggered by the arrival

ECONOMIC STRUCTURE

of Joseph Kabila as president, whom also strengthened the country’s reunification and opened DRC to neolibera-

Agriculture is the predominant economic sector of DRC’s

lism.

economy, representing nearly half of GDP (45%), while mining accounts 16% of GDP and shows constant impro-

In 2002, the government adopted a PRGF (poverty reduc-

vements since 2001 thanks to tight reforms and incre-

tion and growth facility) supported by US$861m, to

ased exploitation of diamonds and copper. Services’ acti-

maintain macroeconomic stability and reduce poverty.

vities account for 33% of GDP but the sector is in diffi-

The latter included as key targets the channelling of

culty and is constrained in its development by increased

resources towards public infrastructures, and the restruc-

cost of freight and insurance. While at independence

turing of the civil service and the banking sector. After a

DRC was the most industrialized country in Africa, after

difficult period, in which the IMF threatened the DRC to

South Africa, nowadays manufacturing’s activities are in

stop the PRGF due to its loose implementation, the

decay: DRC’s industry is underdeveloped and its revival is

government made corrective fiscal measures that led to

not expected anytime soon. The construction sector, con-

the appreciation of its currency and the stabilisation in

tributing to 7.1% of GDP, is essentially concentrated in

consumer prices. In 2006 and beginning of 2007, the

the capital.

country faced major difficulties, with investments in different sectors such as mining, civil service, and social sectors being delayed, rising inflation and continued currency depreciation.

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But since April 2007, the government appears to have a

establish and develop a large economic and trade unit:

better control over its public finances. Consequently,

abolish trade barriers and create a monetary union, with

currency appreciated, inflation decreased, and reserves

a single currency and a common central bank.

increased. In 2007, the government established a new PRGF, which led to a new cooperation with the IMF.

The country is also a signatory of the Cotonou

Through this agreement, the IMF imposes a strict fiscal

Agreements, which promotes, among others, Economic

policy, and some monetary and structural conditions. The

Partnerships Agreement (EPAs) and provides subventions

government has promised to invest in social services and

from the European Union. DRC is also a member of the

infrastructures and to anti-poverty expenditure, with an

SADC (Southern African Development Community),

expected 40% increase in public spending. The first

which has both political and economical goals, such as

results are promising: the deficits are low and in October

encouraging regional collaboration through the creation

2007 a recorded fiscal surplus of US$70m was registered.

of a Free Trade Area by 2008 and the commitment by

Further, with the help of the IMF and World Bank, the

Member States to defend existing governments from

government drew up policies of stabilisation and fight

foreign invasion and internal insurgency.

against corruption to protect investments and property rights. However, efforts still have to be made in the judi-

GDP AND DEBT

ciary protection of properties. Although the country has not always known a booming

ECONOMIC REGIONAL TRENDS AND INTEGRATION

economy, the GDP annual growth has presented exce-

DRC is a member of the COMESA (Common Market for

2004-05, and 5.1% in 2006. The GDP growth for 2007-

Eastern and Southern Africa), which principal goals to

08 is expected to reach 6.6-7%. External debt was US$

llent results since 2002 with a GDP growth of 3.7%, 5.8% in 2003, and with promising results of 6.6% in

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COST OF LIVING The DRC has been successful in curbing inflation, which fell from an annual average rate of 135% in 2001 to 18.2% in 2006, thanks to the support of the Bretton Woods Institution through government programmes and the drastic measures aimed at management of public finances.

The last results of the central bank display a low inflation, thanks to a tight money supply control from the BCC in a context of floating exchange rate regime: it decreased 16% in August 2007 and 14% in September. In 2008 inflation was expected to reach 17%. In this context in 2007 the BCC reduced its policy interest rate three times due to slowing monetary growth. In August 2008, the Congolese franc registered an exchange rate of FC557: US$1.

EMPLOYMENT With a population of 60 million inhabitants, the DRC has a high unemployment rate of about 40%. Some 70% of the population lives under the poverty threshold (less than 1 US $ per day).

Agriculture employs more than 75% of the labour force and formal employment remains minimal, while the informal sector employment keeps on rising.

The Government has set an index-linked minimum guaranteed wage, which is a standard for setting wage scales for those employed in the private sector. In practice, salaries are set as a result of bargaining between trade unions and the management of the company through collective agreement.

As a general rule, the level of salaries is lower in the DRC; as a consequence the black economy is on the rise.

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BALANCE OF TRADE Since 1994 exports from the DRC have reached US $1–2 billion , while imports are between US $0.5–2 billion.

The main export products are mineral ores (gold, diamond), mining products, oil, timber, coffee etc. Imports mostly consist of staple goods, raw materials, equipment and oil products.

During this period, there was a favourable trade balance until 2002. It became unfavourable in the period from 2003 to 2006 due to the aftermath of the war and political unrest.

As many developing countries, DRC follows the model of the centre-periphery trade with natural resources’ exports representing a major part of GDP, while imports concern essentially capital goods. As far as volume and value of imports and exports are concerned, they have Central Bank Lubumbashi

substantially increased since 2001. Imports in 2007 compared to 2000 were four times higher in value and 2.5

not send their money abroad, with positive net private

times in volume.

transfers in 2004-2005 for the first time in many years.

Diamonds represent the main part of the exportation,

Foreign Direct Investment is also growing constantly. The

with US$1.2bn in 2005, and US$884m in 2006. The fight

mining sector is the first beneficiary of those investments,

against smuggling explains most of the diamonds exports

but FDI was also hopped in telecommunications, forestry

decrease between 2005 and 2006. Increase in oil exports

exploitation and manufacturing. In 2005 FDI flows repre-

have been important too, going from US$207m in 2000

sented US$1.3bn, which is a boom compared with the

to US$580m in 2006. Cobalt and copper exports are

past three years and the past decade (US$290m and

other major increasing sources of income for the country.

US$5m respectively). With these figures, DRC is one of

In 2000, cobalt exports were US$97m, while in 2006 the

the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that receive more

figures registered US$373m. Regarding copper, the

FDI. Major foreign investors to the country come from

growth was equally important: in 2000, the country

South Africa and China.

exported US$47m compared to US$257m in 2006. Statistics recorded others increases in exportations of

In this context, the current account only presented

coffee, timber and other forestry products.

US$644m deficit in 2006, a promising figure considering that in 2005 it was US$111m higher.

Since 2000, many current public transfers are coming from ODA, which increased significantly since 2001 due to major improvements in governance, reaching

DESTINATION OF FOREIGN TRADE

US$686m in 2006. Major donors to DRC are the World Bank and the EU. Net private transfers have recently

The traditional and recorded foreign trade is organised

known a reviewed dynamism thanks to Congolese expa-

with industrialised countries. These markets represent

triates who largely invest in DRC and residents whom do

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partner, despite a significant decrease in share of total

Cadastre Minier (CAMI/Mining Registrar) and providing it

trade, falling from 55% in 2003 to 33% in 2006. The

with a computerized management system for mining

United States were the second larger export market for

titles, the restructuring of Gecamines with the implemen-

DRC’s products until 2006, but were then substituted by

tation of voluntary lay-offs, management contract with

China. Among African countries, Zambia and South

SOFRECO as consultant for the stabilization of the opera-

Africa are the most important export markets.

tions of Gecamines and the designing of a project on the

DRC also has an important volume of trade with coun-

memorandum of association for the company they plan

tries of its sub-region: in 2006, the country imported

to create.

US$49m and imported US$214m from the latter. DRC

• Post and telecommunications (PTT): setting up the

exports diamonds to Zambia, foodstuffs and diamonds to

authority for the regulation of post, telephone and tele-

Congo Brazzaville, and trades foods and services with

communications (ARPTC), proposal for the segregation

Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

of mailing activities conducted by public institutions and

PRIVATIZATION PROCESS

private sector field of activity.

those in telephone and telecommunications to become a

• Transport: sectoral restructuring, outline draft for resThe process of restructuring public Congolese companies

tructuring strategies aimed at companies within the

has been triggered by blatant mismanagement, obsoles-

sector, namely Office National des Transports (ONATRA),

cent production equipment and overabundant civil ser-

Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Congolais (SNCC),

vant staff within most of the companies, especially as

Lignes Aériennes Congolaises (LAC), CITY TRAIN, Régie

these poor conditions have become a hindrance to the

des Voies Aériennes (RVA), Régie des Voies Maritimes

growth of the economy since companies cannot contri-

(RVM) and Régie des Voies Fluviales (RVF).

bute as expected to the budget of the Government nor

• Energy: outline drafts being prepared for restructuring

offer services to the population.

of Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL), Congolaise des

In light of this, the Congolese Government set up the

Distribution d’Eau du Congo (REGIDESO).

Hydrocarbures (COHYDRO), Régie de Production et de

Comité de Pilotage de la Réforme des Entreprises Publiques (COPIREP/The Steering Committee for the

FORECAST

Restructuring of Public Companies), which is a body tasked with implementing the Projet Compétitivité et

Although, a lot of efforts still have to be made regarding

Dévelopment du Secteur Privé (Competitiveness and

governance and public expenditure control, economic

Development of the Private Sector Project) funded under

forecasts for the upcoming years are favourable, with a

Accord de Credit no. 3815 of 14th August 2003.

continued growth. In this context, there is an opportunity for the fight against national poverty to make significant

The ongoing priorities of COPIREP have been concerned

progresses. The government expects to increase domestic

with the following duties:

revenue thanks to a tight fiscal policy, while planning to

• Financial sector: enhance the financial intermediation

decrease of national expenditure to 19% of GDP is

with the support of a brainstorming and study group

announced for 2008-2009. The government estimates

massively invest in infrastructures and social sectors. A

meeting on money laundering, the liquidation of three

the fiscal deficit target at around 5% of GDP for the

public banks, namely Banque de Crédit Agricole (BCA),

same period, while experts announce a deficit of 7.5% in

Nouvelle Banque de Kinshasa and Banque Congolaise du

2008 and 8% in 2009. Thanks to the government’ efforts in the rehabilitation

Commerce Extérieur (BCCE). • Mining sector: the popularization of the Mining Code

of the transportation network, the agricultural sector is

and regulations, support for the setting up of the

also expected to grow within the next years. But the

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sector that is expected to explode during the upcoming

In this context, inflation is forecasted at 9% in 2008 and

years is without doubts mining, thanks to increasing

11% in 2009 with average exchange rate of

foreign direct investments. The activities based in metals

FC570:US$1 in 2009. Real GDP growth is estimated at

production and diamond will be the most concerned.

4.6% and 4.7% in 2008 and 2009 respectively

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BANDUNDU

Precipitation reaches 1,500mm/year. The dry season has one quite long period of dryness with relatively fresh

The province of Bandundu is one of the most industrial

nights, which lasts from two to three months per year.

regions in the country and is the principal granary for Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of

HISTORY

Congo. Bandundu is home to 11.5% of the national population, more than 6 million inhabitants, and has a

The current province of Bandundu was created by

variety of agro-environments, which allows for all types

Presidential Ordinance 66/045 of 4th April 1966 and it is

of agriculture. The proximity of the capital ensures a key

the result of the unification of three provinces in 1964:

outlet for the province.

Kwango, Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe. The city of Bandundu

Chief town: Bandundu

Kikwit. In 2009 it will be divided into three provinces.

became the chief town in 1968, taking the place of

Area: 259,658 km2 Population: Bandundu has around 6,201,000 inhabitants

The population of Kwilu and Kwango is largely made up

(2006).

of immigrants from Angola.

GEOGRAPHY

The province of Bandundu was already known by the Portuguese by 1552 but it was not really explored until

The province of Bandundu covers a total area of 295,658

the nineteenth century. In June 1890 Leopold II created

km2, the same size as Italy or 13% of the country.

the District of Kwango in a territory that was partly

Bandundu has the shape of an irregular polygon between

claimed by Portugal. After negotiations, the treaty of

8° and 1° south latitude and 16° and 21° east longitude

25th May 1891 settled this disagreement. The final bor-

(see map).

ders between Congo and current Angola were decided in 1893.

It shares borders in the north with the province of Equateur, in the south with Angola, in the east with the province of Kasaï, and in the west with the province of Bas-

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

Congo, the town of Kinshasa and the Republic of Congo. Provincial Assembly Administrative Orga nization

• President of the Assembly: Honourable Guy Musomo

• The province has four districts and two cities: • District of Kwango

Provincial Government

• District of Kwilu

• Governor of the Province: Dr Richard Ndambu W

• District of Maï-Ndombe

• Vice-Governor of the Province: Mr Vicky Mboso

• District of the Plates

ECONOMY

• Town of Bandundu • Town of Kikwit

The province of Bandundu has a very long agricultural Clima te

tradition. The economy of the province is focused prima-

There are two climatic areas: the equatorial area lies to

rily on the development of agricultural activities. Among

the north-east of Lake Maï-Ndombe, characterized by the

the principal food crops, including those exported to the

absence of a regular dry season, and the tropical area,

capital, Kinshasa, are manioc, groundnut, plantain, corn,

which covers the rest of the province of Bandundu with

sweet potato, bean, sesame, marrow, etc. The principal

two well-defined seasons.

industrial crops are palm oil, especially in Kikwit, coffee, hévéa and cocoa. Cattle-breeding on a large scale is only

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found in the districts of Kwango and Plateaux. Fishing on

• Agriculture, fores ts and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

Lake Mai-Ndombe and the rivers of the province is only

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, coffee,

done on a small scale. Thanks to its forest, which covers

cocoa, hévéa, jatropha, sunflower, sugar cane, colza,

50% of the province, the production of timber is a key

etc.). Production: wood, pulp papers, etc. Farming: agri-

resource. The main trees are wenge, sapelli, iroko, sipo,

cultural, breeding and fishing. Transformation: industrial

tiana and others that are only sold in local markets and

processing of wood. Mechanization of agriculture across

abroad. In the south of the province, a prosperous acti-

the whole province.

vity of small-scale diamond exploitation has been deve-

• Industry: Food, tobacco, chemicals, rubber and plastics,

loped around the territories of Tembo, Kahemba,

cement factory, sugar refinery (at Mushie-Pentane), bio-

Kasongo-lunda, etc.

fuels, etc.

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the pro-

the province.

• Ba nking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

vince of Bandundu is classified as Economic Zone C.

• T ourism: Development of hotels, management of

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

places of interest, modernization of the Salonga-Sud

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

Park, construction of lodges.

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

• T ra ns port: Rehabilitation of airports (Bandundu/Ville

toms conditions for five years.

and Kikwit) and aerodromes (Kenge, Inongo, Bulungu,

Natural Resources

Lubwe, etc.), creation of joint transport companies

Idiofa, Tembo, Kahemba, Kasongo-Lunda, Nioki, Dibaya

(Bandundu/Ville and Kikwit), equipment, modernization Bandundu has a variety of agro-environments that make

and construction of ports (Bandundu/Ville, Kikwit,

it possible to develop all types of agriculture. The pro-

Bolobo, Mushie, Nioki, Dibaya, Bagata, Bulungu,

vince has enormous possibilities for industrial fishing on

Lusanga, Inongo, etc.), construction of a Kinshasa–

Lake Maï-Ndombe and the many rivers across the pro-

Bandundu–Ilebo railway line, improvement of the naviga-

vince.

bility of the main rivers by dredging and beaconing (Kwa,

The rich forests cover almost 50% of the surface of the

• Ele ctricity a nd wa te r: Extension of the hydroelectric

province; 37 exploitable areas have been identified. The

current (Inga) for the town of Bandundu to the various

Kwango, Kwilu, Kasaï, Lukenie, etc.).

majesty of its rivers, falls and rapids, the beauty of its

cities and provincial towns, construction of micro-dams

landscape, the richness of its folklore, its position as a

to the various falls of the province (Kakobola etc.), impro-

passageway to the rest of the country and its proximity to

vement of the distribution networks for drinking water

Kinshasa are its major tourist assets, which deserve to be

across the province. • Infrastructure: Construction and reconstruction of the

exploited.

main roads of the province, maintenance of agricultural In addition to the confirmed presence of diamonds, the

service roads, construction of the section of railroad

province also has many other minerals waiting to be

Ilebo–Bandundu–Kinshasa, rehabilitation of the riverba-

explored (iron, coltan, pyrite, agate, sapphire, etc). There

sins.

are also indications of oil reservoirs (in the central basin).

• T elecommunica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

Exploration began in the region of Oshwe in the 1980s.

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed telephones.

Investment Opportunities

• Buildings , public works and environment: Construction, rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

• Mines and hydrocarbons: Diamond, gold pyrite, coltan,

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

iron, oil, plus further geological and mineral exploration

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

of the region.

rent houses in various urban centres.

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CONTACTS

• Ville of Boma • Ville of Matadi

Bandundu Commerce a nd Indus try P romotion Chamber (CPIB)

Climate

Director; Mr Guillaume Purbuar

The climate in Bas-Congo is mainly tropical with four

Cities of Bandundu, Kikwit, Bulungu, Kenge, Bolobo,

months of dry season and a long rainy season that is nor-

Inongo

mally interrupted by a short dry season in February.

Tel: +243-81-9071176 / 81-5254113 / 81-2070260 /

Annual

99-8963016

1,500mm.

precipitation

measures

from

900mm

to

Email: cpibrdc2@yahoo.fr

HISTORY

Website: www.cpib-rdc.org

Fe dera tion of Companies of Congo /

This province was discovered by the Portuguese at the

Provincial Dire ctory of Bandundu

end of the fifteenth century. Most of the historical expe-

Tel: +243 81 5159187

ditions into the country took place in Bas-Congo. Thanks to its port, it was also the first economic centre of the

BAS-CONGO

country. The first capital of the Congo Free State was Vivi and then Boma. Finally, Leopoldville (the current

The province of Bas-Congo is the main entry point to the

Kinshasa) became the capital of the whole country.

Congo. It is the smallest province of the country after Kinshasa. This small region is also the richest after Katanga.

This province is also the most revolutionary. In 1950 ABAKO (cultural association of Bakongo) started the first movements towards emancipation and nationalism.

Chief town: Matadi

Thanks to its political influence, the country had its first

Area: 5,920km2

President, Joseph Kasa-Vubu.

Population: The province of the Bas-Congo has around

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

3,615,000 inhabitants (2006).

GEOGRAPHY Provincial Government The province of Bas-Congo has a total area of 53,920km2

• Governor of the Province: Dr Richard Ndambu

around the same size as Croatia, that is 2.3% of the

• Vice-Governor of the Province: Mr Vicky Mboso

whole country. Bas-Congo is located between 4º and 6º south latitude and 12º and 16º east longitude.

ECONOMY

It shares borders with the Republic of Congo in the north,

Agriculture is the principal economic activity of Bas-

Angola in the south, the province of Bandundu in the east

Congo. Crops include manioc, groundnuts, corn, beans,

and Cabinda in the west. The Bas-Congo is the only pro-

bananas and various citrus fruits. Cattle-breeding is also

vince with access to the ocean and has a 40km coastline.

important. Bas-Congo is also the entry and exit point for most of the goods imported or exported by the DRC,

Administrative Orga nization

thanks to the port of Matadi.

The province has three districts and two cities: • District of Bas-Fleuve

The industrial sector of the province includes sugar in

• District of Cataractes

Kwilu-Ngongo, a brewery in Boma, a flour mill in Matadi,

• District of Lukaya

an oil refinery in Moanda, and cement factories in Lukala

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and Kimpese. Hydroelectric energy produced at Zongo,

development because of the presence in the province of

especially at Inga, provides electricity for the provinces of

historic, economic and natural sites such as the caves of

Bas-Congo, Bandundu (town of Bandundu), Kinshasa

Mbanza-Ngungu, the Inga Falls and several other natural

and Katanga. Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Zambia and

attractions.

Zimbabwe are also connected to the Inga supply.

Investment Opportunities According to the Congolese Investment Code, the province of Bandundu is classified as Economic Zone B.

• Mines and hydrocarbons : Bauxite, iron, manganese,

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

gold, oil, bituminous schists, plus further geological and

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

mineral exploration of the region.

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

• Agriculture, fores ts and hydrography: Exploitation: horticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, coffee,

toms conditions for four years.

cocoa, hévéa, jatropha, sunflower, sugar cane, colza,

Natural Resources

etc.). Production: wood. Mechanization of agriculture

The Bas-Congo is located in the best of geographical

• Industry: Food, tobacco, leather, chemicals, biofuels,

situations:

etc.

• Easy access to large markets such as Kinshasa with

• Ba nking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

nearly 8 million consumers and the north of Angola with

the province.

towns such as Soyo and the enclave of Cabinda. The eco-

• T ourism: Development of hotels, management of

nomic dynamism of the province is based on good basic

places of interest, modernization of the Salonga-Sud

infrastructure such as the trunk road between Matadi

Park, construction of lodges.

across the province

and Kinshasa and the rail network connecting the two

• T ra ns port: Rehabilitation of airports (Bandundu/Ville

cities, as well as the seaports of Matadi and Boma.

and Kikwit) and aerodromes (Kenge, Inongo, Bulungu,

• The exceptional natural energy resources of Inga on the

Idiofa, Tembo, Kahemba, Kasongo-Lunda, Nioki, Dibaya

Congo River gives the province a special importance. Inga

Lubwe, etc.), creation of joint transport companies

has the greatest concentration of hydroelectric energy in

(Bandundu/Ville and Kikwit), equipment, modernization

the world (44,000MW of exploitable power). Several pro-

and construction of ports (Bandundu/Ville, Kikwit,

jects foresee the redistribution of the electricity produced

Bolobo, Mushie, Nioki, Dibaya, Bagata, Bulungu,

at Inga to other parts of Africa, in particular to Southern

Lusanga, Inongo, etc.), construction of a Kinshasa–

Africa, Lagos and Cairo.

Bandundu–Ilebo railway line.

• The diversified climate makes it possible to develop

• Ele ctricity a nd wa te r: Extension of the hydroelectric

various kinds of agricultural products and livestock. The

current (Inga) for the town of Bandundu to the various

forest of Mayombe, although damaged by overexploita-

cities and provincial towns, construction of micro-dams

tion, still offers some possibilities for agroforestry.

to the various falls of the province (Kakobola, etc.),

Industrial deepwater fishing is possible but it is limited

improvement of the distribution networks for drinking

because of the narrowness of the Congolese coastal

water across the province.

band. However, it can be extended to the exclusive eco-

• Infrastructure: Construction and reconstruction of the

nomic zones of Namibia and Angola under the terms of

main roads of the province, maintenance of agricultural

the Convention of the Regional Fisheries Committee

service roads, construction of the section of railroad

(COREP) and that of the SADC.

Ilebo–Bandundu–Kinshasa, rehabilitation of the river

• The mining resources of the province include onshore

basins.

and offshore oil, gas deposits and important deposits of

• T elecommunica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

bituminous schisms, bauxite and other unexploited ores.

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed tele-

• Ecotourism and economic tourism offer possibilities for

phones.

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• Buildings, public work s and environme nt: Construction,

Adminis trative Organization

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

The province has five districts and three cities:

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

• District of Equateur

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

• District of Mongala

rent houses in various urban centres.

• District of Nord-Ubangi • District of Sud-Ubangi

CONTACTS

• District of Tshuapa • City of Mbandaka (Provincial capital)

Fe dera tion of Companies of Congo (FE C) /

• City of Gbadolite

Provincial Dire ctory of Bas-Congo

• City of Zongo

National President: Mr. Albert Yuma Mulimbi 2777 Avenue Kisangani (Ville Basse)

Climate

Commune de Matadi

Equateur province is an area of forests, rain and heat. The

B.P. 118, Matadi

climate is clearly influenced by the position of the pro-

Tel: +243-81-5159187

vince on the equator, where the sun is always at its

Email: adlutubana@yahoo.fr

zenith. Rainfall is continuous (annual average of 2,000mm) and the strong wet heat never varies.

EQUATEUR HISTORY The province of Equateur is, after Province Orientale and Katanga, the third-biggest province of the country. It

The province is particularly noted for rubber production,

shares borders to the north and east with the Oubangui

which was a key sector until the end of the nineteenth

River, which is also the territorial limit with the Republic

century under King Léopold II.

of Central Africa and the Republic of the Congo. To finance the development of Congo, the Congo Free Chief town: Mbandaka

State furthered the exploitation of rubber, increasingly

Area: 403,292km2 (Similar to that of Sweden)

required by the young motor-car industry.

Population: Equateur has around 8,000,000 inhabitants

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

(2006).

GEOGRAPHY Provincial Government The province of Equateur is located between 5º north

• Governor of the Province: Son Excellence Monsieur José

latitude and 2º south latitude and 16º and 25º east lon-

Makila Sumanda.

gitude. This province occupies the north-west part of the

• Vice-Governor of the Province: Son Excellence

country.

Monsieur Jean Claude Baende Etafe Eliko.

It shares borders with Republic of the Congo to the west,

ECONOMY

Central African Republic to the north, Province Orientale to the east and Kasaï-Oriental, Kasï-Occidental and

Located on both sides of the equator, the province of

Bandundu provinces to the south.

Equateur benefits from favourable climatic conditions for agriculture because it rains practically all year. With its varied vegetation, cattle-breeding is possible across the

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province but especially in the north where there is

• Transport: International airport of Gbado lite and aero-

savanna. With 800 fish species identified, fishing is prac-

dromes (of Mbandaka, of Gemena, Basankusu, Lisala,

tised year-round. The main fishing area in the province is

Boende, Bumba and Libenge), and various important

between Lisala and the channel of Irebu, with 42,442km2

ports along the Congo river (Mbandaka, Bumba, and

of river surface.

Lisala). • Ele ctricity a nd wa te r: Extension of the hydroelectric

The agriculture of the province has long contributed to

current (Mobayi-Mbongo) for the various cities and pro-

50% of the budget of the Congolese state through its

vincial towns, improvement of the distribution networks

various food crops and industrial products, such as

for drinking water across the province.

manioc, corn, rice, groundnut, palm oil, coffee, cocoa,

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal

cotton, hévéa, etc. The industrial plantations are for the

road networks of the province, maintenance of agricul-

moment abandoned and require rehabilitation and new

tural service roads. • T elecommunica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

capital expenditure.

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed teleThe forests of the province cover an area of 356,720km2,

phones.

72% of the country’s forest. It contains 250 exploitable

• Buildings , public works and environment: Construction,

forest areas and 34 potentially exploitable species,

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

though only some have yet been the object of an inten-

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

sive exploitation. In 2006 the occupied forest concessions

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

covered a surface of 11,805,831ha.

rent houses in various urban centres.

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the pro-

CONTACTS

vince of Equateur is classified as Economic Zone C. The investments approved by the National Agency for the

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de l’Equa te ur

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

(CCIE) / Industry a nd Commerce Chambe r of Equateur

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

Ville de Mbandaka

toms conditions for five years.

Tel: +243-99-8713050 Email: chbrccie@yahoo.fr

Investment Opportunities Fédération des Entreprise s du Congo (FEC) / • Mine s and hydroca rbons: Diamonds, plus further geo-

Dire ction Provinciale de l’Equateur

logical and mineral exploration of the region.

National President: Mr. Albert Yuma Mulimbi

• Agriculture, forests and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

Federation of Companies of Congo

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, coffee,

Ville de Mbandaka

cocoa, hévéa, jatropha, cotton etc.). Production: wood.

B.P. 73, Mbandaka

Mechanization of agriculture across the province

Tel: +243-81-7302988

• Indus try: Food, tobacco, leather, chemicals, biofuels, natural rubber, etc. • Banking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across the province. • Tourism: Development of hotels, management of places of interest, modernization of the Salonga-Sud Park, construction of lodges.

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KINSHASA

Climate The climate of the province of Kinshasa is mainly tropical,

Kinshasa is a city and also a province. It is mainly French-

with two different seasons: dry season and rainy season.

speaking and is the largest town in sub-Saharan Africa.

HISTORY It extends over 30km east to west and more than 15km north to south. A great part of the province of Kinshasa

To begin with, Kinshasa was only a small village where

is rural and covered with grassy savanna strewn with

Batéké fishermen used to live, under the authority of the

shrubs. The population living in rural areas is a little less

Ngaliema Chief, known for his insubordination to the

than 10%.

King of Batéké. In 1881 Henri Morton Stanley founded Kitambo there, which in 1882 became Léopoldville. It is

The town of Kinshasa is the mirror of the Democratic

probably because of its strategic position that it was

Republic of Congo. All actions taken to develop the

decided to transfer the capital from Boma to Léopoldville:

country start in Kinshasa, where the majority of services

it is next to Brazzaville, gateway to French equatorial

are based. For a long time, the capital was seen as repre-

Africa, and is at the crossroads of several transportation

senting the whole of the country by many of its leaders.

routes (navigable rivers, as well as the railway line con-

This is why it is a normal reaction of the inhabitants of

necting the town to the port). After independence, the

the interior of the country to say that Kinshasa is not

city underwent an unprecedented demographic explo-

Congo.

sion and Kinshasa was confirmed in its role of capital of the country.

Chief town: Kinshasa Area: 9,965km2 Population: Kinshasa has around 7,500,000 inhabitants

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

(2006). Provincial Government

GEOGRAPHY

• Governor of the Province: Mr André Kimbuta

The city and province of Kinshasa shares borders with

ECONOMY

Bundundu to the north, Bas-Congo to the south and Republic of Congo to the west. Most of the area of

For investors, Kinshasa offers lots of opportunities in

Kinshasa is made up of rural landscapes. The average alti-

several sectors: agriculture, fishing, transport of people

tude of the city is 300m.

and goods, electrical energy, drinking water, services

Administrative Orga nization

goods for construction, pharmaceutical industry, tourism,

The province of Kinshasa has four districts and two main

health, education, etc.

(banking, insurance and social security), food industry,

cities: • District of Funa

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the pro-

• District of Lukunga

vince of Kinshasa is classified as Economic Zone A.

• District of Mont-Amba

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

• District of Tshangu

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

• City of Kinshasa

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

• Cit of Kingansana

toms conditions for three years.

The investment climate in the DRC has undergone substantial changes in recent years, and most of the old legis-

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lation has been replaced by an investment code that

CONTACTS

better reflects the demands of a modern investment enviFederation of Companies of Congo

ronment.

Mr Henri Yav Mulang Mulang In an effort to encourage development outside Kinshasa,

General Manager

the duration of the tax exemptions varies between three

Central Administration

and five years depending on the location of the com-

Avenue des Aviateurs 10, Commune de la Gombe,

pany:

Kinshasa

• Three years if the company is situated in Zone A:

Tel: +243-81-8959001 / 81-8114335 / 81-5136598 /

Kinshasa

99-8114372

• Four years for companies located in Zone B: Bas-Congo,

Email: fecongo@hotmail.com

Lubumbashi, Likasi and Kolwezi.

Website: www.fec.cd

• Five years for companies located in Zone C: Bandundu, Equateur, Western Kasaï, Eastern Kasaï, Maniema,

Chambre de Commerce et de Promotion Industrielle du

Northern Kivu, Southern Kivu, Eastern Province and

Bandundu (CP IB) / Indus tria l Promotion and Commerce Chamber of Ba ndundu

Katanga

Avenue Basoko 16, Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa

Investment Opportunities

Tel: +243-81-9071176 / 81-5254113 / 81-2070260 / 99-8963016

• Agriculture, forests and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

Email: cpibrdc2@yahoo.fr

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, coffee,

Website: www.cpib-rdc.org (en cours)

cocoa, hévéa, jatropha, cotton etc.). Production: wood. • Tourism: Development of hotels, management of

Agence Nationale pour la Promotion des Inve stisse ments

places of interest, modernization of the Salonga-Sud

(ANAPI)

Park, construction of lodges.

Avenue Colonel Ebeya 54, 2ème Niveau de l’Imm. de la

• Transport: Rehabilitation of airports (Ndolo and N’Djili),

Reconstruction, Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa

creation of joint transport companies, equipment,

Tel: +243-99-9925026 / 81-6996584

modernization and construction of the port of Kinshasa.

Email: anapirdc@yahoo.fr / anapirdc@anapi.org

• Electricity and water: Extension of the hydroelectric

Website: www.anapi.org

current to the whole city and provincial towns, improvement of the distribution networks for drinking water

Office de P romotion des P etites et Moyennes Entrepris es

throughout the city.

Congolaises (OPEC)

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal

bld. du 30 juin, Building le Royal,

road networks of the province, maintenance of agricul-

Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa

tural service roads.

Tel: +243-99-9944598

• Te lecommunications: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

Email: opec_rdc@yahoo.fr

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed teleAss ociation Na tiona le des Entrepris es du Porte feuille

phones across the city. • Buildings, public work s and environme nt: Construction,

(ANEP )

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

Avenue de la Justice 77/A, Commune de la Gombe,

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

Kinshasa

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

Tel: +243-99-9945595 / 99-9945589

rent houses in various urban centres.

Email: association_anep@yahoo.fr

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HISTORY

Ileka Consulting Hugues Henri Ileka S. General Director

The province of Kasaï-Occidental has its roots in the old

Galerie Utexafrica, Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa

province of Kasaï when the Kasaï River was discovered by

Tel: +243-81-4706408

the German explorers Pogge and Wiseman. After admi-

Email: ilekahenri@yahoo.fr

nistrative reform in 1967 the province was divided into two different provinces, Kasaï-Occidental and Kasaï-

Website: www.ilekaconsulting.com

Oriental. On 24th June 1967, the date of the enactment

KASAÏ-OCCIDENTAL

of the new Constitution, the province of Kasaï-Occidental with its current borders was officially recognized.

The province of Kasaï-Occidental is located in the centre of the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountains of the province are part of the cir-

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

cumference of the Congolese central basin. Provincial Government The northern part of the province, located north of the

• Governor of the Province: Mr Trésor Kapuku Ngoy

fourth parallel, is largely a lowland area, with altitude varying between 500m and 1,000m.

ECONOMY

Chief town: Kananga

In Kasaï-Occidental the traditional economy is focused on

Area: 156,967km2

the agricultural sector. Crops include corn, manioc, rice,

Population: Kasaï-Occidental has around 6,300,000 inha-

haricot bean, banana, etc. Among the industrial crops

bitants (2006).

are palm oil, cotton, coffee, hévéa and tobacco. Palm oil

GEOGRAPHY

animal breeding and cattle breeding is also popular in the

is especially cultivated in the forest belts. In Kasaï small

savannas of the south of the province. However, the ecoThe province of Kasaï-Occidental is located at 2°28’ and

nomy of Kasaï is based primarily on diamonds.

8°3‘ south and 19°40’ and 23°41’ east. According to the Congolese Investment Code, the proIt shares borders with the provinces of Kasaï-Oriental to

vince of Kasaï-Oriental is classified as Economic Zone C.

the east, Equateur to the north, Bandundu to the west,

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

and Katanga and Angola to the south.

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

Administrative Orga nization

toms conditions for five years.

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

The province has two districts and one city:

Natural Resources

• District of Kasaï • District of Lulua • City of Kananga

The agricultural potential of the province is very impor-

Clima te

and animal production. The territories of Luiza,

The province of Kasaï-Occidental has an equatorial cli-

Dimbelenge, Mewka and Dekese have a very rich soil,

mate in the north and a Sudanian climate in the south.

which is ideal for permanent crops such as hévéa, cocoa

tant. The agro-climatic conditions are favourable to crop

Temperatures vary from 15°C to 32°C.

and palm oil. Despite the presence of sandy soils in the territories of Demba, Kazumba, Tshikapa and Luebo, Kasaï-Occidental also has some of the best arable land in

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the valley and at the foothills are some of the best places

• E lectricity and water: Distribution of electricity to the

for growing corn, groundnut and soya.

various cities and provincial towns, construction of the hydroelectric power station at Katende (Kananga),

Cattle, goat and sheep farming has expanded into the

improvement of the distribution networks for drinking

areas of the savanna (Tshikapa) and also in the big urban

water throughout the province.

centres (Kananga), where the population also keep pigs

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal road networks of the province, maintenance of the agricul-

and chicken.

tural service roads, construction of the section of railroad Kasaï-Occidental has mineral resources and Tshikapa is

Ilebo–Bandundu–Kinshasa, rehabilitation of the river basins.

one of the principal sources of jewellery diamonds in the

• T elecommunica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

world.

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed telephone across the city.

The province also has a very important hydroelectric

• Buildings , public works and environment: Construction,

potential with the Kasaï River and its tributaries Lulua,

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

Sankuru and Lukenie. Other rivers such as the Lubudi

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

offer possibilities for the installation of hydroelectric

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

plants (Katende site). The National Park at Salonga,

rent houses in various urban centres.

which covers about half of the territory of Dekese, is rich in flora and fauna. An estimated 15% is used for timber

CONTACTS

production. Places of interest to tourists include the sanctuary Kuba de Mweka (Kuba statues and art).

Fédération des Entreprise s du Congo (FEC) /

Investment Opportunities

Avenue Likasi 2 (Q./Matadi), Commune de Kananga,

Dire ction Provinciale du Ka saï-Occide ntal

Kananga • M ines and hydrocarbons: Diamonds and iron, among

B.P. 192, Kananga

others, plus further geological and mineral exploration of

Tel: +243-99-7343200

the region. • Agriculture, forests and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

KASAÏ-ORIENTAL

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, jatropha, sunflower, coffee, hévéa, sugar cane, colza, etc.).

The Province of Kasaï-Oriental is located in the heart of

Production: wood. Farming: agricultural, breeding and

the Democratic Republic of Congo. The province is

fishing.

Transformation:

processing

of

wood.

named after the Kasaï River, the second-biggest tributary of the Congo River after Ubangi. The chief town of the

Mechanization of agriculture across the province. • Industry: Food, tobacco, chemicals, rubber and plastics,

province of Kasaï-Oriental, Mbuji-Mayi, is one of the big-

sugar refinery (Luiza), biofuels, etc.

gest urban zones of the country and the shopping centre

• Banking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

of the province, which supplies a third of the world pro-

the province.

duction of industrial diamonds.

• Tourism: Development of hotels, management of places of interest, modernization of the Salonga-Sud

It is also an agricultural and cattle-raising province. Crops

Park, construction of lodges.

include corn, manioc, beans, soya, groundnut, etc.

• Transport: Rehabilitation of airports (Kananga) and aerodromes (Tshikapa, etc.), creation of joint transport

Chief town: Mbuji-Mayi

companies (Kananga), equipping and modernization of

Area: 173,110km2

the port of Ilebo, construction of a Kinshasa–Bandundu–

Population: Kasaï-Oriental has around 3,830,000 inhabi-

Ilebo railway line.

tants (2006).

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GEOGRAPHY

palm oil, cotton, coffee, hévéa and tobacco. Palm oil is especially cultivated in the forest belts. In Kasaï small

Kasaï-Oriental shares borders with the provinces of Kasaï-

animal breeding and cattle breeding are also popular in

Occidental to the west, Equateur to the north, Province

the savannas in the south of the province.

Orientale to the north-east, Maniema to the east, Katanga to the south-east and Angola to the south.

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the province of Kasaï-Oriental is classified as Economic Zone C.

Administrative Orga nization

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

This province has three districts and two cities:

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

• District of Kabinda

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

• District of Mwene-Ditu

toms conditions for five years.

• District of Sankuru

Investment Opportunities

• City of Mbuji-Mayi • City of Mwene-Ditu

• Mine s and hydrocarbons: Diamonds and iron, among Clima te

others plus further geological and mineral exploration of

The province of Kasaï-Oriental benefits from a tropical

the region.

wet climate, characterized by two dominant seasons,

• Agriculture, fores ts and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

namely the long rainy season that lasts nine months and

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, jatropha, sunflower, coffee, hévéa, sugar cane, colza, etc.).

the dry season that lasts three months.

Production: wood. Farming: agricultural, breeding and

HISTORY

fishing. Transformation: Industrial processing of wood.

Kasaï-Oriental has its origins in the old province of Kasaï.

• Industry: Food, tobacco, chemicals, rubber and plastics,

The administrative reforms of 1967 set up new territorial

sugar refinery (Luiza), biofuels, etc.

boundaries which divided the old province of Kasaï into

• Ba nking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

Mechanization of agriculture across the province.

two new distinct provinces, Kasaï-Occidental and Kasaï-

the province.

Oriental. On 24th June 1967, the date of promulgation of

• T ourism: Development of hotels, management of

the new Constitution, the province of Kasaï-Occidental was

places of interest, modernization of the Salonga-sud

recognized with its current administrative configuration.

Park, construction of lodges.

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

aerodromes (Tshikapa, etc.), creation of joint transport

• Tra ns port: Rehabilitation of airports (Kananga) and

companies (Kananga), equipping and modernization of the port of Ilebo, construction of a Kinshasa–Bandundu–

Provincial Gove rnme nt

Ilebo railway line. • E lectricity and water: Distribution of electricity to the

• Governor of the Province: Mr Trésor Kapuku Ngoy

various cities and provincial towns, construction of the

ECONOMY

hydroelectric power station of Katende (Kananga), improvement of the distribution networks for drinking

The economy of Kasaï-Oriental is based primarily on dia-

water throughout the province.

monds, while the traditional economy is based on agri-

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal road networks of the province, maintenance of the agri-

culture.

cultural service roads, construction of the section of railThe food crops in Kasaï-Oriental include corn, manioc,

road Ilebo–Bandundu–Kinshasa, rehabilitation of the

rice, beans, banana, etc. Among the industrial crops are

river basins.

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• Te lecommunications: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

Adminis trative Organization

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed tele-

The province has four districts and three cities:

phones across the city.

• District of Haut-Katanga

• Buildings, public work s and environme nt: Construction,

• District of Haut-Lomami

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

• District of Lualaba

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

• District of Tanganyika

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

• City of Lubumbashi

rent houses in various urban centres.

• City of Likasi • City of Kolwezi

CONTACTS Climate Fé déra tion des E ntreprises du Congo (FE C) /

The province of Katanga primarily has two types of cli-

Direction P rovinciale du Kasa ï-Orie ntal

mate: one tropical wet and the other moderate heat. The

Avenue Lubi 2 bis, Commune de Likasi, Mbuji-Mayi

dry season varies between four and six months as you

B.P. 1143 Mbuji-Mayi

move away from the equator. The annual average rainfall

Tel: +243-99-7312771 / 81-3330046 / 99-7313830

is roughly 1,280mm.

Chambre de Comme rce et d’Industrie du Gra nd Ka saï

In the south and south-east of Katanga, the rainy season

(CCIGK)

starts in mid-October and lasts until mid-May. In the

Tel: +243 81 0871667

mountainous areas of the east, the two dry seasons last

Email: lut-willy@yahoo.fr

only one month, in January and July. In northern Katanga the rains begin at the start of October and cease at the

KATANGA

end of April, but there is a small dry season in January.

The province of Katanga is the second-largest province in

The annual average temperature is approximately 24°C.

the Democratic Republic of Congo after Province Orientale. Katanga was called Shaba during the second

HISTORY

republic of Marshal Mobutu, which is Swahili for copper. Beginning in the seventeenth century, the province was Katanga has important potential resources in agriculture,

controlled by the Luba Empire and Lunda Kingdom, which spawned a migration of warriors and tribes into

fishing, mines and energy, etc.

neighbouring regions. The Bemba, Kazembe-Lunda,

GEOGRAPHY

Kanongesha-Lunda and Lozi in Zambia are just some of the people who trace their origins to Katanga.

The province of Katanga shares borders with the provinces of Maniema to the north, Kasaï to the north-west, Kivu-Sud to the south, and Angola to the west and

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

south-west, Zambia to the south and south-east, and Tanzania to the east.

P rovincial Assembly • President of the Assembly: Honourable Député Kyungu

Population Katanga has around 8,000,000 inhabitants (2006).

P rovincial Government: • Governor of the Province: Mr Moise Katumbi

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ECONOMY

• E lectricity and water: Distribution of electricity to the various cities and provincial towns, improvement of the

The province of Katanga has among its principal activities

distribution networks for drinking water throughout the

mining, manufacturing industry, agriculture, trade, fish-

province.

ing and animal breeding. Since 1990, because of multiple

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal

political changes, economic activity has reduced conside-

road networks of the province, maintenance of the agri-

rably, which has led to a strong degradation of all the

cultural service roads, construction of the section of rail-

vital sectors and particularly the basic infrastructure. As a

road Ilebo–Bandundu–Kinshasa, rehabilitation of the

result several companies have closed, as well as commer-

river basins.

cial mining operations, thus leaving many people without

• T ele communica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

employment.

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed telephones across the city.

The province of Katanga, in its current configuration, is

• Buildings , public works a nd environment: Construction,

seeking to revitalize the economy while also restoring

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

agricultural activities and rehabilitating the basic infras-

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

tructure.

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of lowrent houses in various urban centres.

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the province of Katanga is classified as Economic Zone B

CONTACTS

(Lubumbashi, Likasi and Kolwezi). Investments approved by the National Agency for the Promotion of Investment

Fédération des Entreprise s du Congo (FEC) /

will benefit from several advantages such as tax exemp-

Dire ction Provinciale du Ka tanga

tion or special taxation and customs conditions for four

Avenue Tabora 9550, Commune de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi

years.

B.P. 1500 Lubumbashi

Investment Opportunities

Tel: +243-99-7025859 Email: feckat@yahoo.fr

• Mine s and hydrocarbons: Copper, gold, niobium and columbium, manganese, coal, tin, zinc, plus further geo-

MANIEMA

logical and mining exploration across Katanga. • Agriculture, forests and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

The province of Maniema is an average-sized province of

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (jatropha, sun-

the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its surface area is six

flower, etc.). Farming: agricultural, breeding and fishing.

times that of Belgium. Formerly an important rice source

Mechanization of agriculture across the province

of Congo, with an important potential in agricultural pro-

• Industry: Food, leather, chemicals, biofuels, etc.

ducts, the prosperity of Maniema depends largely on

• Banking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

transporting its products to the large urban centres and

the province.

on industrialization of Congo.

• Tourism: Development of hotels, management of places of interest, modernization of the parks, construc-

Chief town: Kindu

tion of lodges.

Area: 132,250km2

• T ransport: Rehabilitation of the airport (Lubumbashi)

Population: Maniema has around 1,802,913 inhabitants

and aerodromes, creation of joint transport companies

(2006).

(Lubumbashi, Likasi and Kolwezi), equipment, modernization and construction of the ports, rehabilitation of the railway lines.

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GEOGRAPHY

and a variety of land types. In the north crops include cocoa, palm oil and coffee, and in the south cotton and

The province of Maniema shares borders with the pro-

coffee. Food crops are grown everywhere.

vinces of Kasaï-Oriental to the west, Province Orientale to the north, Kivu-Nord and Kivu-Sud to the east, and

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the pro-

Katanga to the south.

vince of Maniema is classified as Economic Zone C. Investments approved by the National Agency for the

Administra tive Orga nization

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

The province of Maniema is part of the old province of

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

Kivu. Having been itself a subregion of Kivu, this new

toms conditions for five years.

province does not include districts but only the territories

Investment Opportunities

in its administrative subdivision. • Territory of Kabambare

• Mines and hydrocarbons: Coltan, niobium and colum-

• Territory of Kailo • Territory of Kasongo

bium, zinc and cassiterite, plus further geological and

• Territory of Kibombo

mining exploration across the province.

• Territory of Lubutu

• Agriculture, fores ts and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

• Territory of Pangi

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (coffee, tea, hévéa,

• Territory of Punia

jatropha, sunflower, etc.). Farming: agricultural, breeding

• City of Kindu

and fishing. Mechanization of agriculture across the province.

Clima te

• Industry: Food, tobacco, leather, chemicals, biofuels.

In the province of Maniema there are two types of cli-

• Ba nking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

mate: equatorial in the north and tropical in the centre

the province.

and the south.

• T ourism: Development of hotels, management of places of interest, modernization of the parks, construc-

HISTORY

tion of lodges. • T ransport: Rehabilitation of the airport (Kindu) and

Maniema has a strong Muslim influence. It was a former

aerodromes, creation of joint transport companies.

slave-trading centre, and the well-known slave dealer

• E lectricity and water: Distribution of electricity to the various cities and provincial towns, improvement of the

Tippo Tip made Kindu its capital.

distribution networks for drinking water throughout the On an administrative level, the province of Maniema was

province. • Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal

created under ordinance 88-031 of 20th July 1988.

road networks of the province, maintenance of the agri-

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

cultural service roads and rehabilitation of the river basins. • T elecommunica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

Provincial Gove rnment:

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed tele-

• Governor of the Province: Mr Didier Manara

phones across the city.

ECONOMY

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

• Buildings , public works and environment: Construction,

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative The economy in Maniema concentrates especially on

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

agriculture. The province has three agro-ecological zones

rent houses in various urban centres.

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CONTACTS

Climate The varied landscape of Kivu-Nord’s lowlands and high

Fé déra tion des E ntreprises du Congo (FE C) /

plains produces a large variety of climates. In general

Direction P rovinciale du M anie ma

there is a gentle and moderate climate with temperatures

B.P. 46 Kindu

varying between 13°C and 33°C.

Tel: +243-81-3288101

HISTORY

KIVU-NORD The old province of Kivu is probably the province of The province of Kivu-Nord has great soil fertility and eco-

Congo that has seen most administrative changes. In

logical conditions favourable to industrial crops, food and

1909 the province of Kivu was absorbed by the immense

breeding livestock and poultry.

Province Orientale. After several administrative changes,

This is the last province in DRC to continue to face pro-

Maniema, Kivu-Nord and Kivu-Sud. The political environ-

blems with rebels in the eastern parts. Kivu-Nord is

ment of Kivu-Nord has suffered during 13 years of severe

the province was recently redefined in three parts:

known across the world for its natural beauty and natural

political change and wars, for which the population had

tourist natural, in particular its parks. In recent years this

to pay a heavy price. Despite the current reunification

region has lost almost all its infrastructure and access to

and reconcilitation of the country, Kivu-Nord still suffers

resources.

insecurity, which prevents the population from freely undertaking their occupations. The uncontrolled armed

Chief town: Goma

groups are not yet completely neutralized. A programme

Area: 59,000km2

of demobilization and reintegration of the rebellious sol-

Population: Maniema has around 5,000,000 inhabitants

diers and militia is still in force.

(2006).

ECONOMY GEOGRAPHY The climate of Kivu and the richness of its soils make this The province of Kivu-Nord is located on the equator bet-

province one of the most fertile in the Democratic

ween 0°58’ north and 2°03’ south. It shares borders with

Republic of Congo.

the Republics of Uganda to the east and Rwanda to the south-east. Its neighbouring provinces are to the north

Agriculture therefore holds an important place in the

and west the Province Orientale, to the south Kivu-Sud

economy, and formerly large farms exported many pro-

and to the south-west Maniema.

ducts such as tea. Today the recurring conflicts at the border have strongly influenced the agricultural econo-

Administrative Orga nization

mics of the area. In Kivu crops include banana, sorghum,

The province of Kivu-Nord was part of the old province of

groundnut, beans, manioc, potato, corn, rice, etc. Some

Kivu. This new province does not yet include districts. It

crops are more abundant in Kivu-Nord such as coffee,

has the town of Goma and five territories:

tea, quinquina and tobacco.

• Territory of Beni • Territory of Lubero

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the pro-

• Territory of Masisi

vince of Kivu-Nord is classified as Economic Zone C.

• Territory of Rutshuru

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

• Territory of Walikale

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advantages such as tax exemption or special taxation and customs conditions for five years.

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Natural Resources

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal road networks of the province, maintenance of the agri-

The volcanic ground and altitude of Kivu-Nord make it

cultural service roads and rehabilitation of the river

one of the most fertile areas of the country. This lends

basins.

itself very well to growing coffee, tea, quinquina,

• T ele communica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

pawpaw, fruit and vegetables, which are exported from

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed tele-

the international airport of Goma. Dairy-cattle breeding

phones across the city.

is favoured. The culture of flowers is a potential area for

• Buildings , public works a nd environment: Construction,

development. Kivu-Nord has enormous ore reserves

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

including gold and coltan.

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

Lake Kivu contains important methane reserves with a

rent houses in various urban centres.

capacity for generation of 250 million m3/year. The province also has great hydroelectric potential. Mountainous

CONTACTS

Kivu constitutes the backbone of the tourist industry of Congo; the Rwindi Park was considered one of most

Fédération des Entreprise s du Congo (FEC) /

beautiful by the Belgians. The diversity of the landscape,

Dire ction Provinciale du Nord-Kivu

the mildness of the climate and its variety, the presence

B.P. 500 Goma

of the volcanoes and mountains, its rich fauna and

Email: nkfecongo@hotmail.com /

several other attractions make this province a natural

nk_fecongo@hotmail.com

wonder. Chambre de Commerce du Gra nd Kivu

Investment Opportunities

Tel: +243-99-9946059

• Mines a nd hydrocarbons: Gold, tin, coltan, niobium

KIVU-SUD

and columbium and methane, plus further geological and mining exploration across the province.

The province of the Kivu-Sud is largely mountainous,

• Agriculture, forests and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

with savannas and steppes and bamboo forests that rise

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (coffee, tea, hévéa,

above 2,600m.

jatropha, sunflower, etc.). Farming: agricultural, breeding and fishing. Mechanization of agriculture across the pro-

Chief town: Bukavu

vince.

Area: 65,130km2

• Industry: Food, tobacco, leather, chemicals, biofuels.

Population: Kivu-Sud has around 2,837,779 inhabitants

• Banking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

(2006).

the province. • Tourism: Development of hotels, management of

GEOGRAPHY

places of interest, modernization of the parks, construcThe province of the Kivu-Sud borders the provinces of

tion of lodges. • T ransport: Rehabilitation of the airport (Goma) and

Kivu-Nord to the north and Maniema to the west and by

aerodromes, creation of joint transport companies.

Rwanda and Burundi to the east.

• Electricity and wa te r: Distribution of electricity to the various cities and provincial towns, improvement of the

Adminis trative Organization

distribution networks for drinking water throughout the

The province of the Kivu-Sud was created from the divi-

province.

sion of the old province of Kivu. Having been itself a subregion of Kivu, this new province does not include

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districts but only the territories in its administrative subdi-

ECONOMY

vision: • Territory of Fizi

The climate of Kivu and the richness of its soil make this

• Territory of Idwji

province one of the most fertile areas of the Democratic

• Territory of Kabare

Republic of Congo.

• Territory of Kalehe • Territory of Mwenga

Agriculture therefore holds an important place in the

• Territory of Shabunda

economy, and formerly large farms exported many pro-

• Territory of Uvira

ducts such as tea. Today the recurring conflicts at the

• Territory of Walungu

border have strongly influenced the agricultural econo-

• City of Bukavu

mics of the area. In Kivu crops include banana, sorghum, groundnut, beans, manioc, potato, corn, rice, etc.

Clima te The province of Kivu-Sud has a very varied climate due to

According to the Congolese Investment Code, the pro-

its situation and its different altitudes. The plains have an

vince of Kivu-Sud is classified as Economic Zone C.

equatorial climate moderated by average altitude. Higher

Investments approved by the National Agency for the

up, on the other hand, the temperature falls and reaches

Promotion of Investment will benefit from several advan-

below freezing. Kivu-Sud is also characterized by its par-

tages such as tax exemption or special taxation and cus-

ticular rainfall patterns resulting from the meeting of

toms conditions for five years.

several masses of air. This climate produces rich soils and this area of Congo is one of the most fertile.

Investment Opportunities

HISTORY

• Mines and hydroca rbons: Gold, tin, coltan, niobium and columbium, methane, plus further geological and

The old province of Kivu is probably the province of

mining exploration across the province.

Congo which has seen most administrative change. In

• Agriculture, fores ts and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

1909 Kivu was absorbed by the immense Province

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (coffee, tea, hévéa,

Orientale. After several administrative changes, the pro-

jatropha, sunflower, etc.). Farming: agricultural, breeding

vince was recently divided into three parts: Maniema,

and fishing. Mechanization of agriculture across the pro-

Kivu-Nord and Kivu-Sud. The wars have caused large-

vince.

scale displacement of the population. Many people had

• Industry: Food, tobacco, leather, chemicals, biofuels.

to flee far from their arable lands. In certain regions,

• Ba nking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

there was a mass exodus of the population, who left to

the province.

take refuge in nearby countries. Many of the palm plan-

• T ourism: Development of hotels, management of places of interest, modernization of the parks, construc-

tations, ponds and arable lands have been abandoned.

tion of lodges.

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

• Transport: Rehabilitation of the airport (Bakavu) and

Provincial Gove rnment:

various cities and provincial towns, improvement of the

• Governor of the Province: Mr Celestín Cibalonza

distribution networks for drinking water throughout the

• Vice-Governor of the Province: Leon Mumate

province.

aerodromes, creation of joint transport companies. • E lectricity and water: Distribution of electricity to the

Nyamatomwa

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• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal

• District of Tshopo

road networks of the province, maintenance of the agri-

• City of Kisangani

cultural service roads and rehabilitation of the river basins.

Climate

• Telecommunications: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

The Province Orientale is characterized by a continental

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed tele-

climate without a dry season and a tropical climate with

phones across the city.

one marked dry season. The average temperature is

• Buildings, public work s and environme nt: Construction,

around 23.9°C with a maximum of 30°C and a minimum

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

of 19°C. Abundant rainfall reaches 2,000mm/year in the

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

south-west (Territory of Yahuma in particular) and

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

1,100mm/year at Lake Albert.

rent houses in various urban centres.

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INSTITUTIONS

CONTACTS Fé déra tion des E ntreprises du Congo (FE C) /

Provincial Government:

Direction P rovinciale du S ud-Kivu

• Vice-Governor of the Province: Mr Watunakanza

B.P. 2467 Bukavu

Banamxezi Bernard

Tel: +243-81-325365

ECONOMY

Email: fecsudkivu@yahoo.fr

PROVINCE ORIENTALE

The Province Orientale has enormous natural resources and human potential. However, diamond, iron, oil,

The Province Orientale is the biggest province of the

forestry and its rivers will drive economic growth and the

Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also a province with

development of its population. Unfortunately, Province

great potential for agriculture, livestock breeding and fis-

Orientale is today among the poorest provinces of the

hing.

Democratic Republic of Congo according to certain indi-

Chief town: Kisangani

are not sufficiently established in the province.

cators of development. Savings and credit cooperatives

Area: 503,239km2 Population: Province Orientale has around 5,566,000

Investment Opportunities

inhabitants (2006). • Mines and hydrocarbons : Diamond, gold pyrite, coltan,

GEOGRAPHY

iron, oil, plus further geological and mineral exploration of the region.

The Province Orientale is bordered by the Central African

• Agriculture, fores ts and hydrography: Exploitation: hor-

Republic and Sudan to the north, the provinces of Kivu-

ticulture, food crops, industrial crops (palm oil, coffee,

Nord, Maniema and Kasaï Oriental to the south, Uganda

cocoa, hévéa, jatropha, sunflower, sugar cane, colza,

to the east and the province of Equateur to the west.

etc.). Production: wood, pulp papers, etc. Farming: agricultural, breeding and fishing. Transformation: industrial

Administrative Orga nization

processing of wood. Mechanization of agriculture across

Province Orientale has four districts and one city:

the province.

• District of Bas-Uélé

• Industry: Food, tobacco, leather, chemicals, biofuels.

• District of Haut-Uélé

• Banking: Banking and micro-finance institutions across

• District of Ituri

the province.

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eBizguides DRC • Tourism: Development of hotels, management of

w w w. e b i z g u i d e s . c o m • T elecommunica tions: Rehabilitation of the OCPT cable

places of interest, modernization of the parks, construc-

network, deployment of the cable network for fixed tele-

tion of lodges.

phones across the city.

• Transport: Rehabilitation of the airport (Kisangani) and

• Buildings , public works and environment: Construction,

aerodromes (Isiro, Bunia, etc), creation of joint haulage

rehabilitation and equipping of the basic infrastructure

companies (Kisangani), equipment, modernization and

(schools, hospitals, residential buildings), administrative

construction of ports (Kisangani, etc.), rehabilitation of

buildings and commercial buildings, construction of low-

the routes and improvement of the navigability of the

rent houses in various urban centres.

principal rivers by dredging and beaconing. • Electricity and wa te r: Distribution of electricity to the

CONTACTS

various cities and provincial towns, improvement of the distribution networks for drinking water through the pro-

Fédération des Entreprise s du Congo (FEC) /

vince.

Dire ction Provinciale de la Province Orientale

• Infrastructure: Construction and repair of the principal

Boulevard Mobutu 6, Commune de Makiso, Kisangani

road networks of the province, maintenance of the agri-

B.P. 1407, Kisangani

cultural service roads and rehabilitation of the river

Tel: +243-99-8597420 / 98-539340

basins.

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the year, as well as a great variety of crops over the entire surface area of the DRC.

The agricultural activity represents around 45% of GDP, with most Congolese being subsistence farmers. While

There are development prospects for irrigation owing to

large-scale commercial agriculture was very prosperous

the vastness of the water network (which represents

until the 1970s, in the region of North and South Kivu,

50% of the water reserves of Africa).

nowadays most part has disappeared and there is no serious projects of revive it. Smaller scale agriculture still

Despite natural conditions conducive to production in the

functions but the activity is not really developed due to

agricultural sector, it is still under the expected level of

weak transport infrastructure and lack of banking credit

production both for subsistence crops and commercial

for the sector.

crops.

The DRC has an estimated cultivable arable surface of 82

For some years the agricultural output has mainly con-

million hectares (35% of total surface), but as yet only

sisted of subsistence food crops (cassava, maize, beans,

10% of this is used (just over 8 million hectares).

soya, groundnuts, paddy-rice, yams, taros, vonca, voandzou, banana, potatoes, squash, and sundry vegeta-

In addition to arable land, the potential for farming rests

bles) harvested from small family farms and maintained

on the non-chemical fertility of the soil, constant rainfall

with traditional methods that yield lower outputs. Some

and climatic diversity which characterize the seasons and

areas are particularly favourable for growing wheat,

make it possible for two cultivating seasons alternating in

berries, grapes, mangosteens, maracujas as well as

the north and south of the country at different times of

numerous exotic fruits, such as orange, safou, avocado

Colourful fruits and vegetables are always available in the market

and paw-paw).

Consequently, there is an insufficient supply of foodstuffs, which in association with low purchasing power of the population has led to food insecurity for an estimated 73% of the Congolese population.

The production of cash crops (industrial crops) that thrived in the past slowed down during the 1970s and 1980s; nonetheless, sugar cane production has been an exception. Cash crops are grown over almost the whole country and consist of palm-oil, sugar cane, coffee, cocoa, cotton, rubber, tobacco, tea and quinquina. With such enormous farming potential in the DRC and the domestic and world markets (for example for bio-fuel), there are many development prospects in this subsector.

Since 2001, the government has intended to stabilize the agricultural production. The main crops’ production have increased, but it is still insignificant compared to past levels: the main reasons of this decline being the lack of maintenance and planting. Consequently, cassava production, one of the main produced crops, decreased 7% since 2000. Coffee production has fallen too, with

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32.000 tonnes registered in 2005 compared to 40.000

The trend in production output for the main subsistence

tonnes five years earlier.

food crops has been as follows (in thousands of tonnes):

As far as farming activities are concerned, important opportunities exist, especially in Katanga and in eastern and western DRC, thanks to available agricultural land estimated at 15 million hectares, enough to feed 4 million cattle. This presents an opportunity for the breeding of cattle and poultry, especially as this activity has dramatically decreased due to urbanization and rural exodus as people fled from war-torn eastern DRC.

The DRC has more than 66,000 sq. km of water resources, which consist of Congolese waters and the Atlantic waters, the maritime reaches of the Congo River and its numerous tributaries, lakes connected to the Congo as well as the eastern lakes, which are all conducive to large-scale fishing.

Some years ago, the numbers of fish in the DRC’s waters were reckoned to exceed 400,000 tonnes per year, a third of which are found in Lake Tanganyika, where 200

This production output remains low given the enormous

known species have been listed.

potential and demand. In order to meet its domestic

The development of fishing activities is a step towards

the DRC resorts to imports, which amount to US $150

modernization of the production methods and tools, in

million per year, almost equal to 400,000 tonnes of

addition to building conservation infrastructure, with

foodstuffs.

staple foodstuffs demand (rice, maize, oil, wheat, etc.)

appropriate conservation techniques and transportation vehicles necessitating large funds for the development of

The production of the main cash commercial foodstuffs as

large-scale and small-scale fishing. Aquaculture and fish-

well as exportation of timber logs is as below (in tonnes).

breeding offer opportunities for investment in the untapped potential of the DRC.

The production possibilities are huge; yet they depend on both the local and worldwide demand.

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Wood exploitation is one of the areas of high economic potential

FORESTRY

The partial forest surveys conducted to date in the DRC

Timber ranks as the second most important natural

report the existence of some rare and important species:

resource of the DRC after copper. The forested surface covers about 105 million hectares, which represents

• Limbia (Terminalia superba);

about 47% of the dense forested area of tropical Africa

• Tola (Gosseilerodendon balsamiferum);

and 6% of the worldwide forested area.

• Iroko (Chlorophora excelsa);

It is estimated that 40 million hectares of the Congolese

• Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata);

forested area are economically exploitable, while the

• Wenge (Millettia laurentii);

• Lifaki (Entandrophragma cylindricum);

additional 65 million hectares are less easily accessible because they are under water or are too far from outlet

Commercial felling of the Congolese forest has a long history as it started in the 1930s with the setting up of

points.

the first industrial units (Agrifor and Forescom). In 1973 The forested area includes five major categories, namely

more than 400 operators, including 310 log traders and

the Equator forested area of the Central Basin with

90 timber operators, exploited the forest with an annual

1,101,000 sq. km, the Mayumbe forests in the Bas-

production of about 500,000 cubic metres, with a

Congo province, the Kivu mountain forests, the dry

quarter of the production exported.

forests in Katanga province and the forests and small forested areas in the Katanga and Kasai provinces.

This sector has recently faced obstacles posed by the political unrest. Nowadays, the timber production output of the DRC barely reaches 400,000 cubic metres per year,

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but employs various forest operators, among which the

With over 300 brands in its portfolio, BAT makes the

most important are: Siforco (with activities in Equator,

cigarette chosen by one in six of the world’s one billion

Bandundu

adult smokers. BAT holds robust market positions in

(Bandundu),

and

Orientale

Sokinex

provinces),

(Bas-Congo

and

Sokibois Equator),

Socobelam (Equator), Soforma (Bas-Congo) and Soderfor

each of its regions and has leadership in more than 50 markets.

(Bandundu). BAT is the only international tobacco group with a signiThis sector offers many development opportunities

ficant interest in tobacco leaf growing, working with

owing to its abundance of useful species and the needs

thousands of farmers internationally. Its companies run

of the building sector, carpentry and furniture and fit-

leaf programmes in 22 countries providing direct agro-

tings work in the DRC as well as abroad.

nomy support to farmers if it is not otherwise available, covering all aspects of crop production and environ-

With the publishing of the Forestry Code and the stabili-

mental best practice. Internationally, its companies pur-

zation of both the political and the economic situation of

chased 456,000 tonnes of leaf in 2006, grown by some

the country, an unprecedented rise in woodwork activi-

250,000 farmers, and over 80% of it by volume came

ties can be expected thanks to the development of the

from farmers and suppliers in emerging economies.

following businesses:

COMPAGNIE SUCRIÈRE KWILU-NGONGO • Logs, sawing, uncoiling and plywood; • Wooden housing and woodwork;

Eric van Eeckhout

• Spinning commodities, tools, shafts, modelling;

Executive Manager

• Prepared timber, production of softwood for match-

General Direction: Kwilu-Ngongo Bas-Congo, B.P. 10

sticks.

Office in Kinshasa: 16ème étage Immeuble BCDC, Kinshasa/Gombe

Elsewhere, considering the increasing consumption of

Tel: +243-81-8946380

paper and paper pulp (imported) and the diversity of

Email: csknkin@gb-solution.cd

forest resources, the DRC meets every qualification for setting up industries for production of paper pulp and

Activity: Production and trade of sugar and alcohols

paper.

Date of Creation: 1925 Capital: CDF 2,258,812,267.99 (2006)

MAIN COMPANIES

Turnover: CDF 23,145,023,802.99 (2006) Employees: 3,000

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO CONGO SARL The agro-industrial complex of Kwilu-Ngongo in BasB.P. 621 Kinshasa

Congo was created in 1925. It is a mixed company

Tel: +243-87-16823

owned 40% by the Congolese state and 60% by the

Fax: +243-12-40105

sugar holding Finasucre.

Website: www.bat.com Currently the only sugar producer of the country, Activity: Tobacco production

Compagnie Sucrière is one of the most important employers in the DRC and permanently employs close to 3,000

BAT is the world’s second-largest quoted tobacco group

people. The domain that makes up the company is com-

by global market share, with brands sold in more than

posed of sugar cane plantations, a sugar refinery and a

180 markets.

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The Sucriere at Kwilu boasts state-of-the-art machinery

A surface area of 10,000 hectares of sugar cane fields is

Email: udayan@marsavco.com

cultivated to collect more than 600,000 tonnes of sugar

Website: www.marsavco.com

cane and produce approximately 70,000 tonnes of sugar per annum. The sugar produced is a brown sugar for

Activity: Manufacturing of food products and soap pro-

direct consumption, entirely sold to the local market.

ducts Date of Creation: 1922

The distillery’s capacity is 50,000hl/year and this production is not only for the local market, but especially made

Founded in 1922, this plant was among the first of the

for export to the European Community.

company Unilever’s international manufacturing opera-

In addition to its economic role, Companie Sucrière also

soaps, detergents, edible oils, fats and margarine.

tions. Marsavco is DRC’s foremost manufacturer of

has an important sociocultural and medical development role in its area and for the country. It boasts a 250-bed

Marsavco Sarl was strategically acquired by the Rawji

hospital, a network of dispensaries, a school, and even

Group of Companies (Beltexco, Sogalkin, Prodimpex,

cultural and entertainment circles.

Parkland, Rafi) in 2001, producing brands under licence with Unilever. The company produces and distributes in

MARSAVCO SARL

agreement with Unilever some of its international brands like Omo detergent powder, Pepsodent toothpaste, Fair

Udayan Mukherjee

& Lovely cream and Blue Band margarine.

Director General 1. Av Kalemie, Gombe, Kinshasa 1

Marsavco’s brands are a byword of quality and excellence

Tel: +243-81-0823333

and are very popular all over the DRC. Some of the most

Fax: +243-81-3465555

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Simba oil, Blue Band margarine, Lecoq soap, Monganga

GROUP MINOCONGO

soap, Brillant soap and Familia soap, to name a few. Sylvie Camacho In its quest for technical excellence, Marsavco is conti-

Administrative Director

nuously investing in new projects with the objective of

195 Av. Kabinda, Kinshasa/Lingwala,

achieving more efficient and quality products. Its future

B.P. 8699

plan is to set up a brand new state-of-the-art edible oil

Tel: +243-85-1402782

refinery and toilet soap manufacturing lines as well as

Email: sylvie.camacho@transgazelle.com

plastics and paper conversion units. Date of Creation: November 1989

MIDEMA MINOTERIE DE MATADI

Turnover: US $304 million Employees: 2,100

Gregory Stough Managing Director

The group Minocongo is composed of five companies:

Avenue Mongala 13 Kinshasa/Gombe

Minoterie du Congo, Mino Farm, Transgazelle, Inalca and

Tel: +243-81-5558000

SPG.

Email: Safiatou_kane@drcmidema.cd Minoterie du Congo is the second-largest flour mill of Activity: Flour Milling

Central Africa with a daily production of 400 tonnes. Its

Date of Creation: 1973

sales turnover for the current year is on the way to rea-

Employees: 400

ching US $70,000,000. A third production line with a daily capacity of 250 tonnes has been operational since

Since 1973, in times of peace or crisis, inflation or hyper-

April 2007.

inflation, the Maman Mobokoli, the Minoterie of Matadi (Flour mill), was never out of stock. The population

Mino Farm (Avicolous Farm of Lukaya) is an agricultural

always had its daily bread, the most consumed staple in

company with 120,000 hens able to produce 100,000

the DRC.

eggs per day. The farm is currently the most important

A subsidiary company of Continental Milling Corporation

eded US $5 million in 2006. In 2007 the firm acquired

of New York since December 1992, Midema is currently

80,000 additional hens, and its estimated sales turnover

a mixed company, financed by Seaboard, the most

for the year 2007 is US $7.50 million.

producer of eggs in the Congo. Its sales turnover exce-

important shareholder (51%), the Congolese state (40%), and other private investors (9%).

Transgazelle Sprl is a transportation company created in

Its production capabilities have risen from 350 tonnes in

developed in five years to reach 99 trucks operating on

2002, which started with 40 trucks. The company has

1973 to more than 940 tonnes per day in July 2006,

the Kinshasa–Matadi route. It has carried out more than

which means a production of 16,000 bags of flour per

700 rotations per month for a sales turnover estimated at

day.

the end of 2006 of US $21 million. It also owns an exploitation site of more than 45,000m2 located in the city

Since 2006 Midema, in collaboration with partners like

centre, behind the RTNC. At the end of 2007, 37 addi-

the government of the DRC and several international

tional trucks were aquired in order to carry the annual

organizations, decided to produce its flour with more

sales turnover to more than US $27.5 million.

iron and folic acid. The objective is to contribute to the prevention of disease related to the lack of these mine-

Inalca Kinshasa Sprl is a joint venture between the group

rals, such as anaemia.

MinoCongo and the Italian group Cremonini. As a large-

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scale trading and distribution company, it imports each

approximately 80km north-east of Kinshasa, form an

month on average two full ships or 5,000 tonnes of fish,

industrial complex which extends 23 hectares along the

and more than 100 containers of various foodstuffs like

Congo River. This unit includes a sawing factory, plating

chicken and frozen meat, corned beef, tomato paste, sar-

factory and a wood-carving factory. Its fleet (made up of

dines, kitchen oil and other various products. Its sales tur-

25 pushers, 6 pontoons and 2 petrol barges) supplies the

nover exceeded US $45 million in 2006.

company’s factory with citrus fruits from its various forest concessions at Bumba and Bolila. This is one of the ways

Société Générale de Panification SGP is the largest bread

in which Siforco is able to employ approximately 1,200

producer in Kinshasa, with a capacity of 2,400 bags of

African collaborators.

flour per day, with seven bakeries in the town of Kinshasa and an annual sales turnover of US $44 million

Its forest concessions produce an entire range of woods,

in 2006. In 2007 SGP (Société Générale des Pains) laun-

in particular mahogany, afrormosia, wengé and sipo,

ched out in the construction of the largest entirely auto-

among others. The dimension of its forest reserves will

matic bread factory in Africa, with an output of 1.5

allow Siforco to supply for decades Congolese mahogany

million loaves per day. It will have four lines of production

and other woods of great value such as the wengé or

each with a capacity of 1,000 bags per day.

afrormosia.

Product innovation is Midema’s main objective, with a

The greatest part of the wood is transformed and planted

constant focus on increasing its production and reducing

in the factory in Maluku, and the remainder of exports

the waiting time of their boats in Matadi port. Among

are citrus fruits. The transformed wood is sorted by qua-

future projects is the construction of six 4,000-tonne

lity, dried and then dispatched after having received the

capacity storage silos.

trade mark IHC. Platings are dried and sorted before being exported throughout the whole world.

The second project consists of the installation of a new system of loading and unloading its transport ships. This

SODEFOR

project will modernize the current system in order to reduce the length of stay the ships incur in port, all of this

José Albano Maia Trindade

with a single aim of increasing Midema’s flour produc-

74, 13 Commune de Limete, Kinshasa

tion capacity and to serve its customers better. Analysed

Tel: +243-81-5121728

every two hours, Midema’s flour meets international Sodefor was created in 1994, following the liquidation of

standards.

the former Forescom in 1999 and the end of the coope-

SIFORCO

ration with Canada. Sodefor is an Sprl in which the state is associated. The essential mission remains the develop-

B.P. 8434 Kin. 1, Kinshasa

ment of the forest industry. The aim consists of exploiting

Tel: +243-98-804298

the forest in an optimum way to perpetuate the

Fax: +243-88-04294

resources. The company works to an installation plan

Email: info@siforco.com

while protecting the populations living around the exploi-

Website: www.danzer.com

tation sites.

Dieter HAAG Manager Administrator

The forest development company (Sodefor) resolutely

Siforco, a Danzer Group company, is one of the most

exploitation of the forest, to contribute to the rebuilding

important transformation of wood factories in Africa. Its

of the DRC. With more than 2,200 workers, its exploita-

installations, located in the industrial park of Maluku,

tion factories in Kinshasa and outside, and aside from its

makes a point of taking up the challenge of the rational

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investment in the social sector, Sodefor makes a point

With regard to the installation service, it consists of the

respecting its connection with the DRC Forest Code.

stratification of the forest blocks to delimit the territory or forest zone, including forests with limbali, to have a

The modern tools, machines and apparatus make this

picture of the forest, through socioeconomic studies, to

firm the leader of the district of MaĂŻ-Ndombe, which

delimit zones reserved for the community living in the

employs more than 1,500 people at Nioki, where it has

forest, their special sites, and to know the habits and tra-

established a large sawmill with a manufacturing plant

ditions of the community living in the forest to not dis-

for plywood and a line of “trinchage�. The socioeco-

turb their structure of life and to avoid possible conflicts.

nomic impact of Sodefor in this city, which is nearly 500km from Kinshasa, is felt with regard to the rehabili-

The socioeconomic activities of Sodefor are important. It

tation and equipment of the school infrastructure, the

is also important that investors develop modern indus-

construction of benches, desks and coffins for the local

tries, in order to reabsorb the unemployed back into the

population, without forgetting the health care for per-

country.

sonnel and the local population. Young and old work for the benefit of the community

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There is no smoke without fire / Milinga ebimaka mpamba te soki moto ezali te Congolese saying

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ENERGY

by the DRC (this is the sole known instance of underwater gas in the world);

Energy is a key factor in the development of the DRC as

• The geothermic potential in eastern DRC is estimated at

there is potential in a variety of areas.

930MW; this is enough to meet its energy needs.

The energy resources discovered so far in the DRC are

provided in the past via a mining plant in northern Sud

mainly renewable resources and will be of high impor-

Kivu province (the quarry of Kiabukwa 400CV);

Historical records reveal that geothermic power has been

tance for the preservation of the environment:

• Solar energy, of which exploitation remains rudimentary, possesses a big potential. The average duration of

• Hydroelectricity with a potential of nearly 100,000MW,

sunlight varies from 1,300 to 2,000 hours per year, and

44% of which is concentrated at INGA hydroelectric site.

the average variation of the sun radiation between 60 to

This means the DRC could be a potential power provider

90 Kcal/sq. m per day. This energy resource could help

to the African continent, Middle East and southern

meet the smaller power needs in rural areas, namely for

Europe (see Project for Power Highways fed from INGA

water treatment stations, electricity, cooling, post and

site);

telecommunications;

• Natural gas reserves (57 billion cubic metres) contained

• Useful sites have been discovered for the use of wind in

in Lake Kivu. These reserves have not yet been exploited

producing electricity (aeolian energy);

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The possibility for the exploitation of sea energy (the

WATER

moving tide or swell, the waves, rise in temperature -difference- between surface and deep water over the 47km

The DRC has plenty of water reserves. The rainfall occu-

of coastline (Atlantic ocean) once a technical and econo-

rrence is important throughout the entire territory (more

mical feasibility study is carried out;

than 1,200mm on average per year). The hydrographical

• The possibility of producing hydrogen (as an alternative

network is one of the most developed in the world. The

product to oil in the future) from water resources, capa-

annual feeding from water layers represents matchless

city for which is partly held by the DRC (50%);

water volume compared to the needs. However, only 45%

• The capability for producing bio-energy from sugar

of the population has access to drinking water to date.

cane. The production and the distribution of water over the The hydroelectric energy potential is estimated at more

surface area of the DRC are organized by REGIDESO,

than 100,000MW, of which only 2% (2,415MW) is

which is a partly state-owned enterprise.

currently utilized. The rate of electricity supplied is 6% (among the lowest in the world), whereas in other sub-

MAIN COMPANIES

Saharan countries it is estimated at 24%.

COBIL Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL) still has the monopoly in the electricity sector in the DRC. However,

Georges Mukuna

changes are taking place, which will result in opening up

Vice President

this sector to the private sector.

407 Avenue de Roi Baudouin Kinshasa / Gombe Tel: +243-81-7005217

SNEL has hydroelectric and thermal power stations over

Email: cobil@cobil.cd

the whole national territory and the quantity of power On 1st September 2003 the former company Mobil Oil

delivered over its networks has grown as follows:

Congo became Cobil Sarl after the takeover of the ExxonMobil Group of the shareholding of Mobil Oil Congo Sarl.

The repurchase by the Congolese section of ExxonMobil answered the need to realize added value during resale in the DRC, and to ensure the continuity and relaunching Some of the power produced is exported to Congo

of the activities of Mobil Oil Congo by protecting its

Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Angola and South Africa.

goodwill.

Inga presents an incredible potential (around 40.000-

Cobil is recognized as one of the major companies of the

45.000 mw) to serve the sub-region and other regions

oil sector in DRC. With the objectives of political and eco-

lacking energy on the African continent. Nonetheless

nomic liberalism and development of the national exper-

Inga’s capacity has not been exploited yet: DRC only

tise, the company’s mission is:

makes use of 700 mw, mainly due to the material’s neglect. In 2007, the World Bank authorised a credit of

• To guarantee to its shareholders a high value for their

US$296m, over the next three years, to rehabilitate

investments by the development of its goodwill.

Inga’s installations. A plan for fitting out the Inga site

• To offer to its customers great quality products and a

includes building the Grand Inga dam – in the final phase

priceless service, allowing it to anticipate and meet their

– with an installed power of 39,000MW.

needs.

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• To ensure to its employees the highest standards of

Congo Oil has experienced a tumultuous history, inclu-

professionalism and ethics through the motivation and

ding the effects on its petrol stations and distribution

reinforcement of potential, a guarantee of success for

points and even the complete devastation of its head-

every company.

quarters in Goma due to the lava of Nyrangongo’s erup-

• To participate in the revitalization of the national eco-

tion in 2002.

nomy while being present in all the promising sectors of the DRC.

Today Congo Oil is an egalitarian structure company

This challenge is difficult because in 2003 Cobil was in an

and SONATRAD and on the other hand by X OIL REFI-

alarming economic situation. But after several months of

NING AND DISTRIBUTION LTD.

formed on the one hand by COHYDRO, SNEL, REGIDESO,

concerted action, more and more industrial and private investors manifested their interest to acquire shares in

The commercialization and distribution activities of the

the company, or to establish business connections.

company’s products are facilitated through a relatively

With the government’s assistance and thanks to

points. This network is mainly present in Kinshasa, Bas-

large network of gas stations and direct distribution

Congolese expertise, Cobil has managed to become one

Congo, Kivu and Katanga, and is continuously expanding

of the leaders of the national oil industry. Cobil is open

within the DRC.

to any project of commercial or financial partnership. Congo Oil is proud of its steady development since 2005,

CONGO-OIL

mostly due to the activities resumption of activities in the east, in Katanga, and to the A1 jet commercialization,

Rigobert Toto

and of its strengthening market share representation,

General Director

which show continuous future results in regards to the

BCDC, 9è étage, bld du 30 juin Gombe,

huge increase of car use over the past five years.

Kinshsa

MAGENERGY INC.

Tel: +243-998213500 Fax: +243-813464188

Magalloy Congo SA,

Email: congo-oil.sec@ic.cd

B.P. 889, Pointe Noire Activity: Commercialization of petrol products

Tel: +242-941264

Date of Creation:1989

Fax: +242-941259

Capital: US 853,606

Website: www.magindustries.com

Turnover: US 15,178,456

Georges Kyriakos

Employees: 24

Vice President Development

Created in 1989, from a mix of public Congolese compa-

MagEnergy’s primary endeavour is to generate income

nies and private Italian ones, the goal of what originally

from the sale of electrical power into existing national

was AGIP-Zaire was to develop oil distribution and com-

and international grids.

mercialization in the Eastern regions of what was then Zaire. Today, Congo Oil mainly deals in ground fuel, avia-

MagEnergy

tion fuel, lubricants, and specialized products. The com-

MagIndustries, was originally created to facilitate the

Inc., a

wholly

owned subsidiary

of

pany established its current name in the year 1999, when

delivery of energy to MagMetals’ Kouilou Magnesium

X Oil Refining and Distribution and Cohydro took over

Smelter and to supply energy into existing international

the majority of its actions.

grids. MagMetals’ Kouilou Magnesium Smelter will require approximately 130 megawatts (MW) of electrical

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power, while rapidly increasing industrial demand in the

utility SNEL at Inga II, MagEnergy has moved quickly to

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly the

establish the potential of developing important new

Katanga Copper Belt, could require up to 800MW over

hydro schemes at Busanga and Zongo.

the next six years. Meanwhile rising energy demands are also occurring in the region, most notably South Africa.

These projects will consolidate MagEnergy’s growing

MagEnergy Inc. announced in February 2007 the signing

and will have a major impact on growing energy

of an agreement to develop the Zongo II hydroelectric

demands within the DRC as well as in the greater sou-

site on the Inkisi River 80km south-west of Kinshasa, the

thern African region.

position in the increasingly critical African energy sector

capital of the DRC. The agreement was concluded with the Ministry of Energy and continues the DRC govern-

“MagEnergy is now the most significant private com-

ment’s efforts to liberalize the energy sector with

pany developing hydroelectric energy in the Democratic

approved independent power producers such as

Republic of Congo.”

MagEnergy. The agreement is also in line with the government of DRC’s recently reconfirmed policy of esta-

THE PERENCO GROUP

blishing public private partnerships (PPP) for developing Antoine Richard

the country’s energy resources.

General Director MagEnergy is also the only significant independent

11th Floor, BCDC Building, bld du 30 juin,

power producer in the country. With an operational base

B.P. 15596 Kinshasa, Gombe

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Tel: +243-81-7008013

of Bas-Congo. Perenco employs approximately 1,000

Fax: +33-153-576337

people, through both direct employment and subcon-

Perenco Group DRC is essentially a partnership of two

of the identified reserves, the exploration and the search

tracting. In addition to the production and development

companies, Perenco REP (onshore hydrocarbon explora-

for new axes of development constitute the heart of its

tion and production) and MIOC (offshore hydrocarbon

activity.

exploration and production). Respect for the environment, sustainable development Founded in 2000 and 2004, Perenco and MIOC deal in

and the support of local communities also constitute a

exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the DRC

major concern for Perenco, which finances many social

coastal basin (Muanda/Kinkasi/Liawenda/Tshiende) and in

projects and takes an active part in the neighbouring

all the Congolese offshore territory.

communities (construction of schools, health centres,

Perenco’s headquarters are in Kinshasa, but the majority

infrastructure, school support, plantation of orchards,

of its activity is concentrated in Muanda, in the province

maintenance of roads, supply of electricity and gas in the

water systems, electrification of villages, construction of

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city of Muanda, etc.). Perenco REP and MIOC are truly

‘Decennial plan of development of the drinking water

involved in the development of the DRC and are among

service in DRC’. This plan aims to provide a coherent tool

the principal taxpayers in the country.

for sectoral planning adapted to strategic and political objectives, a technical and financial programming tool for

REGIDESO

management for identified and evaluated projects, a possibility for permanent and constructive dialogue with bac-

Lubunga Pene Shako

kers on the basis of periodic updates of the plan, and an

ADG

evaluation of the sector performance in regard to the

59–63 bld du 30 juin,

identified objectives.

B.P. 12599 Kinshasa 1 Tel: +243-88 45125

The plan also contributes to the national strategy for the

Email: regideso-dg@regideso.cg

reduction of poverty. In particular it will help achieve the

Website: www.regideso.cg

Millennium Development Goals, with 25,041,000 people having a water supply by 2015, which means an inves-

In 1930 the Belgian Ministry created the Régie de distri-

tment of US $1,677,747,000 over the next 10 years

bution d’eau (Control of Water Distribution) in the Congo with the aim of exploitation, development and

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CONGO

modernization of the water distribution system in Boma, Matadi, Coquilhatville (Mbabndaka) and Stanleyville

Emile Mouloundou

(Kisangani). In 1934 this body also took over from the

Country Manager

Société de Distribution d’eau, created in 1929, the

Imm. Immobilia 49, bld du 30 juin, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8301901 / 81-5296667

exploitation and distribution of water in Léopoldville (Kinshasa). At the same time, the colonial authorities

Fax: +243-99-7575594

gave the exploitation and distribution of electricity to the

Email: emile.mouloundou@afr.schneider-electric.com

Régie. The public company Regideso was created in 1939

Website: www.schneider-electric.com

(Régie de distribution d’eau et d’éléctricité du CongoBelge et du Rwanda-Urundi / Control of Distribution of

Activity: Electrical devices

Water and Electricité).

Date of Creation: January 2004 Employees: 10

On 1st April 1968 Regideso was privatized. It was placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry for Energy

Schneider Electric Congo is a subsidiary of Schneider

and the administrative and financial supervision of the

Electric worldwide group. Its DRC office, based in

Ministry for the Portfolio. With the aim of rationalizing its

Kinshasa, was created in 2004 to organize and follow

activities, Regideso transferred to the Société National

market ties to economic improvement in the DRC.

d’Electricité (SNEL) all of its production and distribution of electricity in 1978.

The company works with local partners such as Pronton

Regideso’s objectives cover water distribution and installa-

Electricité, licensed retailers who store and sell Merlin

tions, and collection, supply and treatment of the distri-

Gerin and Telemecanique materials. Schneider Electric

buted water. Its other mission is the study and completion

supports and trains all its employees and subcontracted

Alukivu, Setrema, Panaco, SSCO, Electra and Congo

of water distribution installations and extension of existing

employees to ensure clients have superior quality and

networks.

help at any time, day or night.

Future aims are clearly defined in the master plan of the

Its main services are team training and studies of elec-

Sector of Drinking Water and Cleansing 2006–2015:

trical projects. It has done several projects with compa-

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nies such as Perenco, Ok Palst, Cilu, Total Congo and

The facilities that SEP-Congo uses to carry out its activi-

Coraf.

ties include an oil terminal that can receive a total capacity of 232,300m2 and a network of six pipelines covering

The company is focused on brand name imports as well as

a total of 719km. It also has a fleet of vehicles, a railway

safe installations in all its relevant fields of expertise, whe-

park and an automobile park used to transport the oil. To

ther industrial, building installation or basic electrical work.

facilitate customs clearance of petroleum products, SEPCongo uses 16 customs agencies and 16 warehouses

The company’s Merlin Gerin and Telemecanique mate-

managed by Ofida.

rials are available through partner sales points. Contact them and see the difference that true quality can bring.

The company guarantees the quality of the products delivered to its customers and provides a large amount of

Emile Mouloundou, the country manager, considers DR

investment in prevention and risk management in all

Congo to be an important market for investors. After

aspects of the safety of its people, goods and respect for

many years of troubles and difficulties, the economy is

the environment.

making a comeback step by step. SEP-Congo is regarded as an exemplary company, which

SEP-CONGO

participates actively in community development. The company organizes many activites for students and

Marc Soissong / André Kadima Kayembe

others in its workshops, garages, driving school etc.

Administrative Executive Officer /

SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE D’ELECTRICITÉ (SNEL)

Vice Administrative Executive Officer 1 av. des Pétroles, Commune de la Gombe, B.P. 2197 Kin. 1v, Kinshasa

Daniel Yengo Massampu

Tel: +243-81-8840402

General Director

Fax: +243-81- 5554915

2831 av. de la Justice,

Email: secdg@sep.cd

B.P. 500 Kin. 1, Kinshasa/Gombe Tel: +243-81-7009568

Activity: Oil logistics

Fax: +243-81-3010382

Date of Creation: 1910

Email: sneldg@ic.cg

Capital: CDF 972,289,200

Website: www.snel.cd

Turnover: US $90,184,490 The Société National d’Electricité (National Electricity

Employees: 1,500

Company), SNEL, was created on 16th May 1970 when Sep-Congo is a private company created in 1978 involved

the company received the state mandate for the first

in oil logistics throughout all the territories of the DRC. Its

stage of the installation of the hydroelectric site at

registered office is in Kinshasa and its various oil termi-

Inga.

nals, including 25 terrestrial, 8 airport and 5 relay staFollowing the opening of the power station at Inga on

tions, are spread throughout the DRC.

24th November 1972, SNEL became a producer, conThe most important activities of the company are the

veyor and distributor of electric power. SNEL now con-

reception, handling, transport and installation of petro-

trols all the large hydroelectric power stations and

leum products from entrance in the country to the custo-

thermal plants of the country.

mers’ installations, covering all of the DRC. SEP-Congo is also the exclusive commission agent in the DRC for cus-

To date, SNEL has operated in the form of a public com-

toms petrol clearance.

pany under the technical supervision of the Ministry for

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Bandundu city profits from Inga's power, thanks to a cable linking it to the other side of the river

Energy, with administrative and financial supervision

SOCIR

being ensured by the Ministry for the Porfolio. Felix Mvuemba Ntanda In 1980 SNEL began a process of company development.

Executive Officer

In meanwhile, the need to carry out safety improvements

10th Floor Immeuble BCDC,

led to the temporary programme 1981–1983, followed

B.P. 1478 Kinshasa/Gombe

by the programme for 1984–1986.

Tel: +243-9933240 Fax: +243-8840330

Following this the development plans continued and took

Email: fmvuemba@afrinet.cd

into account all the problems of the company. Thus was born the ‘National Master Plan of Development of the

Date of Creation: 1963

Electricity Sector by 2005’, which was published in 1988. The master plan has the following strategic objectives:

The Congolese refining company Socir was created in 1963 as a joint company owned 50% by ENI (Ente

• Profitability of the infrastructure of existing production

Nazionale Indrocarburi, an Italian government company)

and transport;

and 50% by the Congolese state. Established between

• Satisfaction of demand at lower cost;

1964 and 1967, the oil refinery at Muanda began opera-

• Improvement of productivity;

tions in January 1968. The shares of the Italian part were repurchased by X-Oil.

Following the problems in the country from 1990 to 1998, the master plan was deferred to 2015 and priority

The mission of Socir is the refining of crude oil in Congo

given to the need to supply electric power to all

and all industrial operations for the production of fuel,

Congolese people for their development, especially those

liquid fuels, bitumens and liquid gases primarily to satisfy

living in the rural areas.

the needs of the Congolese domestic market. Socir also takes care of the sale of finished products from the refi-

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nery, related products, as well as the export of the pro-

The Company has interests in Vietnam, Yemen, Thailand,

ducts. The transport and storage of crude oil and the

the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and the Democratic

finished products are also a part of its mission. This acti-

Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) with production operations

vity consists of importing and refining imported cargoes,

in Yemen.

the storage of the resulting products in the reserves of the refinery and their transport to Ango-Ango/Matadi

In July 2006, the company’s 85% owned subsidiary,

where SEP-Congo takes care of them.

SOCO DRC Limited, signed a production sharing contract

Socir has 350 established posts in Muanda. The impor-

Congo and Cohydro (La Congolaise des Hydrocarbures),

tant role of Socir was evident in 1998 and 1999 during

DRC’s state-owned oil company, wherein it has acquired

the war, when without the products refined by Socir, all

an interest in the Nganzi block, an onshore site of the

with the government of the Democratic Republic of

the activity of the country would have been stopped.

DRC (Kinshasa), which comprises an area of approximately 800 square kilometres within the Congo Basin

From a political point of view, the company contributes to the regular provisioning of the country with petroleum

SOCO DRC’s vast experience in petrol exploration and

products at a lower cost. However, the company’s activi-

exploitation gives it a competitive edge when implemen-

ties must be increased and modernized to ensure a better

ting in a new country. With the success it has expe-

competitiveness.

rienced in other countries, like Vietnam and Yemen, SOCO DRC sees high potential in the soils and shores of

Socir has developed a plan which is currently being

the DRC. It is exploring this potential through various sur-

implemented and which includes the rehabilitation of its

veys, initiating with a geo-chemical survey before laun-

production equipment and the thermoelectrical power

ching into 2D seismic surveys.

station at the wharf. In line with its strategic expansion SOCO puts a huge

SOCO E&P – DRC SPRL

emphasis on ethical issues. Indeed, SOCO’s commitment

Mr Serge Lescaut

business priority. The company takes full account of

General Manager

other stakeholders’ interests.

to high standards of corporate responsibility is a core

bld du 30 juin B.P. 8256, Kinshasa,Gombe

The seismic programme being planned in Democratic

Tel: +243-81-7154500/02

Republic of Congo will involve environmental and social

Email: serge.lescaut@soco-drc.com

impact assessments. An important first step will be the

Website: www.socointernational.co.uk

identification of local issues in interaction with local com-

Activity: Oil & gas exploration & production

onshore exploration company, active community liaisons

munities to learn about their social priorities. Being an

Date of Creation: November 2006

will be important as will be the deployment of local per-

Capital: CDF 21,500,000

sonnel to support operations.

Employees: 8 SOCO follows a consistent policy, which is mostly part of SOCO is a London-based international oil and gas explo-

its success: recognizing opportunity, capturing potential,

ration and production company, traded on the London

and realizing value.

Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

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BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

INSS (Instituit National de Sécurité Sociale) and OCPT

In the DRC the banking and financial institutions are

Banking activities have experienced noticeable progress

(Office Congolais des Postes et Telécommunications).

governed by the banking law no. 003 of 2002.

in recent years. For instance, fund transfers received from

Institutions are classified into five categories:

abroad reached US $3,934 million against US $3,056

• Banks;

have moved from US $2,115 million to US $2,551 million

• Savings cooperatives;

in 2006, a 21% increase.

million in 2005, making a 30% rise. Transfers abroad

• Savings banks; • Specialized financial institutions;

In order to incorporate and register for the purpose of

• Financial companies.

conducting credit institutions or bank activities, a company is obligated to adopt the form of an Sarl, make a

The regulatory competence over banking is entrusted to

deposit in accordance with the amount prescribed by the

the Central Bank of Congo, which has competence to

Central Bank of the DRC and be responding to either a

rule on the approval of incorporation/setting up of credit

domestic or general need.

institutions, to issue regulations to applicable credit institutions, ensure they are financially healthy and make sure

The registration request file should comprise:

they are compliant with legal regulatory provisions, exa-

• An original copy of the articles of incorporation in

mine the operating conditions of credit institutions and

French;

impose sanctions for departures from legal and regula-

• The list of shareholders and management committee

tory provisions.

members;

The country has been in the process of implementing

and the organization;

• Business plan for forecast of operations, the setting up

major banking reform for the past decade or so, which

• Detailed proof of technical and financial means that the

has resulted in the liquidation of several banks with poor

credit institution is planning to utilize;

performance. Nine banks are in liquidation

• All other pieces of information tending to motivate a favourable decision of the Central Bank of the DRC.

Today banking services are provided in Kinshasa and across much of the DRC thanks to a large network of sub-

The banking sector is expected to grow substantially in

sidiaries and branches as well as related correspondents.

the future, thanks to the implementation of the Programme d’Actions Prioritaires (PAP) du Gouvernement

This network consists of the following banks: Banque

(Priority Action Plan of the Government of the DRC/PAP).

Commerciale du Congo (BCDC), Banque Internationale

The execution of this plan, with the aid of international

pour l’Afrique au Congo (BIAC), Citybank, Banque

institutions, will speed up the Congolese economic

Congolaise, Stanbic Bank, Banque Internationale de

growth over the period from 2006 to 2011.

Crédit (BIC), First Banking Corporation Congo (FBCC), Procréditbank and Rawbank.

MAIN COMPANIES

The DRC therefore has nine banks operating across the

AFRILAND FIRST BANK CD

country plus 26 non-banking financial institutions, six of which are operating within the public sector: CADECO

Joseph Toubi

(Caisse d’Epargne du Congo), SOFIDE (Société Financière

Chairman and CEO

de Développement), FPI (Fond de Promotion de

767, bld du 30 juin

l’Industrie), SONAS (Société Nationale d’Assurances),

Tel: +243-0-991-290396

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w w w. e b i z g u i d e s . c o m Afriland First Bank CD is building its notoriety based on

Email: jtoubi@afrilandfirstbank.com

certain objectives: building bridges between the formal

Website: www.afrilandfirstbank.com

and informal sectors of the economy, reducing the tendency to use cash as a means of payment, integrating

Activity: Banking Date of Creation: May 2005

rural areas into the development process, helping the rise of a true entrepreneurial class and bringing its support to the development of companies.

Afriland First Bank was founded in 1987, under the direction of Dr Paul K. Fokam and other experienced Africans

Every day, Afriland First Bank strives to maintain innova-

whose desire was to enhance the image of a continent

tive initiative, while keeping in line with its ethical and

weakened by the economic crisis of the 1980s. So far,

customer-orientated objectives.

the company has been implemented in several countries within sub-saharan Africa, France and China and is con-

“Afriland First Bank, the customer’s interest is our priority.”

tinuously broadening its horizons.

Joseph Toubi, Chairman and CEO Afriland First Bank CD was founded in May 2005 under a presidential decree and started operating one year later.

BANQUE CENTRALE DU CONGO

It is a subsidiary of Afriland First Bank, which has a large private and corporate customer base focusing its services

Mr J.M. Kasongo Mwamba

towards entrepreneurs.

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Tel: +243-20704 / 20550 / 20549 / 33989

Compared to the 1990s and the beginning of 2000, since

Fax: +243-8805152 / 8804326

2002 the Issuing House has ensured the maintenance of

Email: cabgouv@bcc.cd

monetary stability, thanks in particular to collaboration

Website: www.bcc.cd

with Bretton Woods since 2001 (technical and financial support of the IMF and the World Bank). Basic indicators

Banque Centrale du Congo (BCC / Central Bank of Congo)

have improved: the inflation rate was brought down

is charged with defining and implementing the monetary

from 511.21% in 2000 to 9.22% in 2004, and the

policy of the DRC with the objective of obtaining and

exchange rate appreciably improved from -81.9% in

maintaining the stability of the general level of prices. BCC

2000 to -16.12% in 2004.

is a public company created on 30th July 1951. During its history, it successively bore the names of Banque Centrale

BANQUE COMMERCIALE DU CONGO

du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, Banque Nationale du Congo from 1961, Banque du ZaĂŻre from 1911 and

Yves Cuypers

finally Banque Centrale du Congo from 1991.

Managing Director bld du 30 juin, B.P. 2798, Kinshasa 1

At the initiative of its governor, BCC carried out a review

Tel: +243-81-7005759 / 5181678 / 8845704

which led to an action plan adopted in September 1991.

Fax: +377-99-631048

This led the Issuing House to plan suitable measurements

Email: dir@bcdc.cd

to make a success of the monetary reform of 1998.

Website: www.bcdc.cd

However, relaxation of the budget policy caused by the war and the absence of the instruments of monetary policy des-

Activity: Bank

troyed all the hopes raised by the reform of 1998.

Date of Creation: 1909

Banque Commerciale du Congo

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Created in 1909 the BCDC, originally named Banque du

BANQUE CONGOLAISE

Congo Belge, was established as an anonymous society, with business focused on the Central African region.

Mr Roger A. Yaghi President

In 2004 BCDC took advantage of the improved social and

Croisement av. de la Nation et des Aviateurs,

political climate and the resultant economic upturn to

Kinshasa/Gombe

extend its network to cover the entire country and adapt

Tel: +243-99-9308026

its commercial organization in line with the new require-

Fax: +243-99-7575561

ments of its customer base, comprised of private indivi-

Email: akinshasa@congobank.cd

duals, SMEs and SMIs, large corporations and various ins-

Website: www.congobank.com

titutions. Activity: Banking After almost 100 years of hard work and development,

Date of Creation: 1989

the BCDC is today the leading Congolese bank, active throughout the DRC. BCDC’s banking strategy is in part

The Banque Congolaise (BC), created in 1989, remains a

developing a range of innovative and creative profes-

young dynamic bank, which, after a successful reorgani-

sional financial services tailored to the needs of all players

zation, started an extremely remarkable growth. Its cus-

in the country’s economy. With its efficient branch net-

tomers are productive economic actors in all sectors and

work in the DRC, BCDC, which belongs to a pan-African

count among the most powerful entities of the country.

and European banking network, has developed a cus-

More importantly, it maintains trustful relations with the

tomer-oriented organizational structure.

government and the Central Bank, and ensures, within this framework, the management of public funds used

BCDC has integrated three business lines to effectively

for some of the essential programmes of the transition,

meet the needs and increasingly specific demands of its

such as the GDR.

customers: • Corporate Banking, for large national and international

In spite of the comfortable current situation of the

enterprises

Banque Congolaise, its shareholders and leaders have the

• Personal Banking for SMEs/SMIs and individuals

will to increase its possibilities and to maximize its poten-

• Institutional Banking, for institutions and banks

tial and its services with an aim of transforming the BC into a modern bank through means of expansion and

The BCDC has a high standard of requirements for advi-

future plans. It is within this framework that an ambitious

sory services and financial products wherever it is pre-

development programme was set up and supported by

sent, whether one of its network of branches throughout

an important modernization and investment plan (e.g. a

the country, a special international partnership or its e-

rehabilitation and total restoration of the HQ and bran-

business channels.

ches, replacement of the IT equipment etc.)

The BCDC aims to be a bank that is young, dynamic,

In 2006 alone, the BC increased its number of employees

innovative and forward-looking, able to continue to play

from 78 to 440 agents, and the creation of jobs conti-

its role as a top-ranking economic and financial operator

nues. To increase its financial capacities, the capital of

in the DRC, satisfying its shareholders and enabling its

the BC should attain a record US $10,000,000 in 2007.

staff to achieve professional growth within the company.

This shows the will of the shareholders of the BC to take all the means necessary to carry out the important objectives of their bank.

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Thus, the BC gives real meaning to creating a true part-

Fax: +33-1-53010681

nership with its customers, developing and promoting

Email: contact@biac.cd (Secrétariat)

the business and becoming the bank of proximity every-

com@biac.cd (Direction Commerciale)

where in Congo. In 2008, the Banque Congolaise aims to

Website: www.biac.cd

become the number one bank in the DRC and one of the largest banks of the African continent.

The BIAC is classified amongst the most dynamic establishments of the DRC and is a member of the Congolese

BANQUE INTERNATIONALE POUR L’AFRIQUE AU CONGO (BIAC)

Banks Association, whose current president is the BIAC’s own President and Managing Director. The bank is also a member of the Federation of Congolese Companies

Charles Sanlaville

(FEC), in which its president yet again takes an active role

President Managing Director

by occupying a seat on its board.

87 bld du 30 juin, B.P. 8725 Kinshasa Tel: +243-81-7004001/4002/4003

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BIAC operates in the DRC as a commercial bank and is

development of competencies and technologies, respec-

therefore directly involved in the economic activity of the

ting everyone’s sociocultural specificity.

country, covering all economic sectors, thanks to a portfolio of very diversified clients (local and international

In 1997, he created Deloitte Africa Belgium, the Africa

companies and organizations as well as private indivi-

Department of Deloitte Belgium, and he participated in

duals).

the setting up of Deloitte & Touche Burkina s.a., with Nabassom Salif Ouedraogo.

In addition to its systematic establishment in cities such as Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Matadi, Boma, Butembo and

Later, he participated in the setting up of the following

Goma and several short-term projects to develop its net-

firms in Africa, for which he ensures coordination today

work nationwide, the BIAC seeks to increase its presence

in the Deloitte Eastern and Central Africa network, under

where its market share is low in order to maintain or

the name GPO Partners (former Deloitte Africa Belgium),

increase its number of customers.

coordinates the activities of Deloitte & Touche Congo Sprl, Deloitte & Touche Rwanda Sarl and Deloitte Burundi

Its mission is to contribute to the notion of capitalization

Sprl. With more than 50 professionals, GPO Partners is a

of private individuals and to encourage the entrepreneur

Global Professional Organization delivering world-class

to innovate and industrial companies to produce to a sig-

audit, accounting, tax and consulting services to interna-

nificant degree, on the quantitative side as well as on the

tional companies, as well as national enterprises and

qualitative one.

public institutions.

The BIAC not only seeks to be the channel through which

A vast network of Deloitte offices spans 28 countries in

its customers create long-term value, but above all to

Africa with more than 5,000 professional staff. On a

amplify activity in the different economic sectors.

world level, Deloitte is operating in 140 countries with

Confident in its proven strategy, which has allowed the

approximately 135,000 experts.

bank to reach its goals, the BIAC has a clear sense of priorities.

Its internationally experienced professionals deliver seam-

Thanks to this approach, the BIAC offers added value to

high level of international experience and local expertise

less, consistent services wherever its clients operate. The

its services through its knowhow and is present in the

enable it to provide superior services with high added

DRC as well as the world over via local agencies and

value and to present appropriate solutions to specific

partner banks.

business issues in Africa.

DELOITTE AND TOUCHE CONGO SPRL

GRAS SAVOYE RDC

Philippe Odent

Philippe Baille / Jean Pierre Emouengue

Advisory partner

General Director / Co-General Director

bld du 30 juin, 94, Kinshasa 1, Gombe

17 av. des Poids Lourds, Kinshasa/Gombe

Tel: + 243-81-7005076

Tel: +243-81-0838870 Email: grassavoye.rdc@micronet.cd

A member of Deloitte Belgium since 1982, Philippe Odent

Website: www.grassavoyerdc.com

has performed many auditing and consulting activities in Africa. Since 1992, he has made substantial efforts for the

Activity: Insurance broking and reinsurance

development of audit, accounting, tax and consulting acti-

Date of Creation: July 2005

vities in Africa, strengthening the relation between Europe

Capital: CDF 23,118,750 (US $47,000)

and Africa, while enabling harmonious exchanges and

Employees: 6

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Created recently following the example of other African

internet to promote political projects and activities with

subsidiary companies of the group, GS RDC intends to

e-lobbying, and marketing. It also lobbies national public

position itself as the leading broker in this field in the

opinion, the international community and international

DRC, specializing in particular on large-scale enterprises,

organizations to promote political and private projects.

SMEs and SMIs.

Thanks to its press and media relations, MTC improves its

The year 2007 marked the centenary of Gras Savoye,

communication strategy.

clients’ relationships with the media by working out a

which has been the number one French insurance broker for the past 15 years, working in association with Willis,

RAWBANK

considered the number three brokerage firm in the Thierry Taeymans

world.

Managing Director The company’s mission in the DRC can be summarized

bld du 30 juin 3487,

as: consulting, intermediation and service management.

B.P. 2499 Kinshasa 1 Tel: +243-99-8320000 / 81-8870001

Gras Savoye RDC is looking into expanding its services

Email: contact@rawbank.cd

and growing with the country. It is preparing to launch

Website: www.rawbank.cd

into corporate health insurance and a panoply of other services, always supplying to existing demand.

Activity: Bank Date of Creation: 2001

MASTER TEAM CONSULTING AFRICA (MTC) Rawbank is an independent Congolese commercial bank Mandack Okende Katako

created in May 2001. It offers financial advice and facili-

CEO

tates the course of financial transactions. Since its entry

1C Immeuble Kasai, Place Royale, Kinshasa/Gombe

into the Congolese banking market, Rawbank has consis-

Tel: +243-81-0375631

tently kept growing thanks to its innovative line of pro-

Fax: +243-15-114563

ducts and services, coupled with its modern management

Email: mandack@masterteam.fr

techniques.

Website: www.masterteam.fr Rawbank offers a complete package of various products MTC is an international consulting company specializing

and financial services for companies and private individuals.

in communication. The company applies its knowledge at each step of a campaign, with feasibility and design stu-

Concerning capital management, the bank offers its cus-

dies or campaign supervision. MTC can assist or advise in

tomers an interesting range of investments including the

the organization of a marketing campaign.

five classes of capital. It thus guarantees prosperous results with a balanced risk portfolio.

MTC is a young consulting company which, thanks to the experience, the knowhow and the dynamism of its

With the treasury service, customers can anticipate fluc-

employees and team of consultants, aims to offer quality

tuations in currencies, and exchange them with several

services to its customers and partners.

options. This enables good management of resources.

The company’s main work is to develop and support any

The bank also offers various commercial finance pro-

organization and its leaders. It also works to support poli-

ducts, like credit letters, collection letters, exchange and

tical projects. In order to reach this goal, MTC uses diffe-

industry bills. Moreover, the bank functions as a financial

rent solutions. MTC applies the potential offered by the

commercial establishment, while allowing its customers

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to have current accounts with cheque books and bank

Email: waznijr@groupesoficom.com

cards and savings accounts, among other personal finan-

Website: www.groupesoficom.com

cial products. Activity: Financial services The first Congolese bank to have integrated the interna-

Date of Creation: 2nd October 2000

tional Swift network, Rawbank is also a pioneer for

Capital: CDF 100,000,000

MasterCard in the DRC. Thanks to its expansion policy,

Turnover: CDF 2.8 billion

Rawbank has already opened branches in Matadi and

Employees: 2,000

Lubumbashi and will very soon be in all of the country’s large cities.

Soficom Group was created in 2000. A pioneer in money transfers, Soficom began with only one agency and has

“We do everything to facilitate our customers’ financial

managed to become a prosperous and highly respected

activities.”

establishment, with over 55 counters, all connected by

Thierry Taeymans, Managing Director

GROUPE SOFICOM

an effective, state-of-the-art intranet system.

Always looking to stay one step ahead of the game, Soficom is continuing its expansion into the following

Wazni Abdallah

fields:

Managing Director

• Banking services: Sofibanque

1 av. des Sénégalais, Kinshasa/Gombe

• Financial transfers: Soficom Transfert

Tel: +243-81-7300000 / 99-99-09999

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• International transfers: Société de Change et des

In the near future, Soficom aims to have 75 points of

Finances

representation throughout the farthest areas of the DR

• Money collection: Soficash

Congo in order to be accessible to any level of the

Low commission rates lead to customer satisfaction. Its

Group is indisputably number one in national transfers,

Congolese population, thanks to its low prices. Soficom

competitive advantages oblige others to improve their

with its near nationwide network. Its professional team,

services if they wish to stay in the game.

composed of 2,000 nationals and more than 180 expatriates, allows Soficom to maintain its credibility, thanks

Soficash collects funds for recharge card sales for all the

to the quality of service provided by focusing on speed,

major cellular companies in the country (Vodacom,

effectiveness and reliability.

Celtel, Tigo). The company takes this as an opportunity to improve the quality of the national and international transfer system even in the most remote places nation-

SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE D’ASSURANCE (SONAS)

wide, where these networks are present. Marcel Mulumba Kenga This is a reliable company whose experience allows it to

CEO

have an international vision thanks to joint ventures with

bld du 30 juin,

international banks (e.g. Citigroup) and its presence on

B.P. 3443 Kin. 1, Kinshasa/Gombe

the London Stock Exchange.

Tel: +243-81-0336787 Email: sonask@hotmail.com

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Date of Creation: 1967

the development of the Sonas network, and the reinjection of capital into the market by the settlement of claims

The Congolese state gave the monopoly on insurances

(règlement des sinistres).

business to the Société Nationale d’Assurance (Sonas / National Insurance Company) in 1967. The creation of

The company is continuing work on reorganization and

Sonas aimed to correct the phenomenon of the market at

its relations with the large companies and reinsurance

the time being dominated by foreign companies through

brokers by accepting large risks to give more security to

their offices throughout the DRC.

investors and large economic operators. The insurance sector in the DRC has enormous potential, which could

With the monopoly, the major government objectives

exceed US $300 million per annum, and will contribute

were to reinforce national sovereignty from the economic

effectively to the fight against poverty on the continent

point of view and to increase the ability of the insurance

and to the economic development of the nation.

sector to pay tax to the state. However, in a difficult environment and being unprepared, Sonas performed badly

TRUST MERCHANT BANK SARL

owing to several factors, including the insufficiency of its capital and working capital at the creation of the com-

Robert Levi

pany, levies on funds (prélevement), the instability of the

Administrateur Delegue Avenue Moero 761, Lubumbashi

management, etc.

Tel: +243-99-7023000 In spite of these problems, Sonas has achieved positive

Fax:+120-87-300711

results, such as the contribution of the insurance sector

Email: tmb@trustmerchantbank.com

to the financing of several economic and social projects,

Website: www.trustmerchantbank.com

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Activity: Banking

business or to begin a new activity. This strategy is a pro-

Date of Creation: 1st August 2004

ject of social and economic development with the goal of

Employees: 300

revitalizing the economy to become a more legitimate, legal and protected framework.

The Trust Merchant Bank (TMB) is a limited liability company and the result of many working hours to research

TMB plans to open six new agencies throughout the

ethics in the business world. Since 2004 TMB has conti-

country in the coming years in order to extend its field of

nued to improve its performance and is today one of the

action. However, the sphere of influence of TMB is not

largest trade banks in the DRC. After promising begin-

limited to the DRC because several foreign institutions

nings in the town of Lubumbashi, other branches were

have expressed interest in investing in the capital of the

opened at various key places in Katanga province. It also

bank. This option has not yet been taken up because the

operates in the capital of the country, Kinshasa, with a

TMB is a family bank, which enjoys a good reputation,

market of more than 8 million people. TMB also has a

and which wishes as much as possible to maintain this

representative office in Brussels.

tradition, the fruit of its success and the quality of the services offered to its customers.

Being the first commercial bank with a micro-finance department in the DRC, TMB supports individuals nee-

TMB wants to be innovative and is engaged in conti-

ding targeted support to allow them to carry out their

nuous research for progress, in order to offer modern

ambitions. Its varied and multiple services (saving

services adapted to the needs of its customers, while

accounts, credit cards, international transfers, Internet

strictly respecting national and international require-

banking etc.) are aimed at private individuals but also

ments.

large, small or micro companies wanting to develop their TMB's original Lubumbashi branch - Pioneer in microfinance

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OVERVIEW

rators and production units, not only in Kinshasa but also inland following the plundering that occurred in 1991

The Congolese manufacturing industry contributes to

and 1993 and the aftermath of the wars in 1998 and

adding value to agricultural, mining and forestry produc-

2000.

tion through its varied resources as well as electrical power accessed at even lower cost.

In the course of trecent years there was a decline in production output, followed by a sudden rise in 2003.

However, despite the availability of power and the abundance of natural resources, the manufacturing industry

Industry contributed less than 5% value to GDP during

of the DRC is underdeveloped and produces essentially

the period from 2001 to 2006.

for the domestic market. In addition, it is reliant on foreign supplies for equipment and some intermediary

The country’s huge agricultural and hydroelectric poten-

commodities. The Congolese manufacturing industry is

tial is a key factor in the development of the large-scale

characterized by:

manufacturing industry in the DRC, all the more as development efforts are made for re-establishing a favourable

• Greater focus on consumer goods (import substitutes);

climate for business and investment.

• Strong concentration on the following provinces: Kinshasa, Bas-Congo and Katanga;

Currently, the industrial sector of the DRC consists of:

• Underutilization of capacity; • Lower competitiveness;

• Food: sugar, beverages, wheat flour, soya flour, food

• Inability to satisfy domestic demand.

for cattle, edible oil, biscuit factory; • Textiles and clothing;

In the past, the industrial base of the DRC was rich and

• Mining and metallurgy;

diversified, but it no longer has the same number of ope-

• Furniture;

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delivered in 2007. The Achour Group has 100% control

• Chemicals;

of the companies.

• Pharmaceuticals;

BELTEXCO

• Oil; • Tobacco; • Packaging;

Rajesh Nambiar

• Construction.

Deputy Managing Director

MAIN COMPANIES

Tel: +243-99-9938899 / 818971666

1087 av. du Marché et Bas-Congo, Kinshasa/Gombe

Email: thenambiar@beltexco.com

ACHOUR GROUP

Website: www.beltexco.com

Abdul Sattar Achour

Activity: Brand representation and distribution all over

CEO

the DRC

134 Avenue Colonel Mondjiba,

Date of Creation: 1922

Commune de Ngaliema, Kinshasa

Capital: CDF 214,557,059

Tel: +243-89-8991616

Turnover: CDF 20,082,471,113

Email: stc.congo@googlemail.com

Employees: 950

The Achour brothers have worked together as a group

Ever since its inception in 1922, Beltexco Sarl has pros-

since the end of the 1970s. They have a collective parti-

pered consistently for over 85 years. It has persistently

cipation in financial and land assets in the economic sec-

grown and succeeded amidst the political instability in

tors of trade, industry, property and transport.

the DRC. Beltexco is the country’s leading mass distri-

In trade they own Sokin, which specializes in the whole-

rience in the market coupled with its in-depth understan-

butor of basic consumer goods. Its long-standing expe-

sale importation and distribution of basic foodstuffs in

ding of consumers provides it with innovative ways to

DRC. Sokin Vehicles is also part of the group and ensures

satisfy the Congolese population. It is divided into three

the importation, distribution and after-sales service of

divisions: industrial, trading and distribution, and finan-

personal commercial vehicles

cial services.

In the industry sector, the group owns Pain d’Or (indus-

Its modern management techniques, extensive distribu-

trial bakery), Biscuiterie Prince (biscuit factory), Cartomo

tion network and diverse product line have made the

(manufacturer of industrial packing), STC (construction

company a prominent and stable gateway to the country.

and public works) and CDC (manufacture of raw mate-

The company’s unique position has enabled the group to

rials for construction and public works). SEDEC is the pro-

make exclusive partnerships with international corpora-

perty company of the group.

tions such as Unilever, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson, to name a few.

Trans-Benz, the group transportation company, was created in 1981 and delivers road transport of goods bet-

Over time, the group has gained expertise in matching

ween the port of Matadi and the Congolese capital of

the needs and interests of such corporations with those

Kinshasa. The company also offers a storage service

of the Congolese consumers. This competitive edge has

thanks to its 20,000m2 of warehouses and garages in

ensured that the companies’ global brands have become

Kinshasa and Matadi. The fleet comprises 70 vehicles.

national household names. Beltexco is a trusted name in

Trans-Benz continues to reinforce and increase its acti-

DR Congo.

vity, with 20 new tractor-trailers ordered in 2006 and

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Embedded in Beltexco’s culture is a strong entrepreneu-

a high quality of its products, produced by the best

rial drive, which has enabled the group to expand and

machinery and highly skilled employees.

diversify successfully into new business sectors. At the moment Bralima offers the following products: its

BRALIMA

different beers are Primus, Turbo King, Mutzig and Guinness; and its soft drinks are Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite,

Johan Hans van Mameren

Schweppes and Vital’O. Recently a new vitamin-filled soft

General Manager

drink called Maltina was introduced.

1 av. du Drapeau, B.P. 7246 Kinshasa

Bralima equipped its production factory with brand new

Tel: +243-99-8946909

facilities in 2002. This investment included two new bot-

Email: j.h_van_mameren@heineken.nl

tling lines, which have enabled it to drastically increase

Website: www.primus.cd

the efficiency of production. These sophisticated production units are unique in Africa, guaranteeing security and

Bralima Brasseries et Limonaderies was founded in 1923

hygiene up to European standards.

by Belgian investors. The brewery was built on the experience acquired from brewing experts, such as the know-

For Bralima, employees are the main force of the com-

how of brewers from the current owner, Heineken. With

pany. Since they form the basis of a bright future, Bralima

breweries all over the world, Heineken (founded in 1864)

invests in improving their skills and knowledge.

is one of the largest brewers in the world. After beco-

Therefore, they are often offered training courses within

ming a Heineken subsidiary, Bralima was fully able to

the DRC, and sometimes also abroad.

profit from Heineken’s extensive experience, built up throughout the years. Therefore, Bralima can guarantee

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eBizguides DRC By being present everywhere in the Democratic Republic

Tel: +243-81-8844782

of Congo, with production facilities in Boma, Kisangani,

Email: cpernoud@cfao.com

Bukavu, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka and the capital of

Website: www.cfaogroup.com

Kinshasa, and also by having storage facilities in many other places, Bralima aims to be as close as possible to every consumer.

As a subsidiary company of the PPR group, a world leader in the distribution of luxury goods, CFAO is present today in 34 countries in Africa and 6 French overseas territories.

Bralima always takes a special interest in the social and

Its 10,000 collaborators make up 135 subsidiary compa-

cultural aspects of Congolese life, and shows this by

nies over 286 sites. CFAO has four main business areas:

sponsoring many musical, theatrical, athletic and artistic

• CFAO Automotive: automobile distribution;

activities and events, thus caring about everyone. In addi-

• Eurapharma: pharmaceutical distribution;

tion to all these events, one can find the Bralima spirit in

• CFAO Industry and Trading: production and distribution

all the small street vendors and in all the bars and restau-

of consumer goods and equipment;

rants in the country. The DRC market lives in the joyful

• CFAO Technologies: new communication and informa-

and easygoing atmosphere of Bralima!

tion technologies.

CFAO MOTORS RDC

CFAO develops its organization by trades, reinforcing the professionalism of the brand name. It responds to the

Christian Pernoud

expectations of suppliers who prefer to entrust the distri-

CEO

bution of their marks and products to specialists. CFAO

17 av. des Poids Lourds,

meets customer requirements by offering a broad range of

B.P. 2200 Kinshasa

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CFAO is also working for durable development. Under

Congo Futur Group is a Congolese company specializing

the aegis of CFAO Solidarité, it carries out the following

in import-export, processing and sawmilling, and the sale

projects:

of basic food items.

• Education: with 385 stockbrokers and professional training schemes;

Congo Futur was created in 1997 by CEO Ahmed

• Health: for 9,500 employees and their families as well

Tajideen and associates. It began with several companies:

as continuing to tackle HIV in the DRC.

Panikin, Pain D’Ivoire I & II, and Congo Futur Divers. Two years later, the group created Trans-M (transport depart-

CFAO operates in the DRC as CFAO Motors DRC. It is

ment), then in 2001 intensified its activities with

based in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. Its activity is

Cofuplast (Congo Futur plastic). In 2002 Biscof

organized around the following elements:

(Biscuiterie Congo Futur) was incorporated, followed by

Automobile distribution: brands represented are Toyota,

wood business of Trans-M (Trans-M/Bois).

Atcom (Atlantic Trading Company), and in 2004 the

Suzuki and Peugeot. Congo Futur embodies the open attitude in business Distribution of equipment: brands represented are:

advocated by the President of the DRC and his govern-

• Renault Trucks: marketing of 5T to 85T trucks;

ment, which encourages it to extend and promote its

• Bridgestone: tyres for cars and trucks;

activities in Kinshasa and other parts of the country, to

• Bomag: civil engineering machines and BTP;

help and support the government in its plan for eco-

• Silla: concrete-mixers;

nomic revival and rebuilding the country.

• Toyota: lifting trucks; • Massey Fergusson: agricultural tractors and equipment.

The company also has large cold storage facilities and

The team, made up of 200 people from all competencies

many vehicles to transport products from the port of

warehouses in Matadi and the DRC’s capital of Kinshasa,

(sales, maintenance, administrative), is motivated to

Matadi to Kinshasa and boats to move wood from

engage in true partnership with the actors in the deve-

Equateur to Kinshasa.

lopment of the DRC. Congo Futur has an oxygen factory, plastics industry,

CONGO FUTUR SPRL

modern biscuit factory, modern sawmill, and a construc-

Rachid El Chaer

construction sites, Future Tower, the 11-floor building in

General Director

downtown Gombe, and another bigger tower under

av. Kabasele Tshiamala 389, Concession,

construction. It has extensions in Kinshasa, Matadi,

Kinshasa, Gombe

Boma, Moanda, Befale, Bumba, Ndobo, Mbandaka and

Tel: +243-99-9932231 / 8929005 / 81-5000051

Kisangani.

tion department, which is currently developing two large

Fax: +243-1398190 Email: info@congofutur.com

The company’s commercial policy is to import and sell

Website: www.congofutur.com

large quantities of high-quality products at affordable

Activity: Import-export, processing, sawmill and sale of

all social levels to be able to buy goods regularly and

basic foodstuffs

profit from their savings more quickly.

prices on the market, so as to allow Congolese people of

Date of Creation: 1997

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DOVER COSMETICS LTD

Its ‘top of the line’ products consist of an entire range of cosmetics products, such as: beauty lotions, moisturizing

Safdar Chatoo

creams, body milks, talcum powders for babies, as well as

General Manager

adults, shampoos, pomades, petroleum jelly, hair rela-

210, 6ème rue Limete

xers, nail polish removers, hair gels, and baby oils.

Tel: +243-819-938871 Fax: +243-144-03060841

Dover is proud of its evolution in the DRC: beginning

Email: dovco@ic.cd, congostore@ic.cd

with only two products, it now licenses eigth top brands:

Date of Creation: 1993

Elegance, Elegance Clair and Coco Clair, among others.

Bebe Rico, Miki, Miki Clair+, Rein de Clair, Super Clair,

Since 1981, Congo Stores Sprl has been involved in

Dover Cosmetics strives to provide innovative and reliable

importation and trading activities.

products to its customers, who look for the best in cosmetic, beauty and sundry products, while always catering

In 1993, the company Dover Cosmetics Limited was cre-

to customer demands.

ated. Today, Dover is one of the leading cosmetics manufacturers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and more

DCL is one of the most trusted, reliable and efficient

widely in Central Africa meeting customers’ needs for

manufacturing companies in the DRC. Quality assurance

any cosmetic and beauty products. Dover’s factory and

and consistency of service is at the heart of its business

head office are situated in Kinshasa, the capital of the

and Dover is always ready to address itself to the chan-

DRC. Dover’s products are marketed by Congo Stores,

ging needs of customers. Dover has a full in-house labo-

with five branches situated throughout the country.

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Personal interaction by the founder himself with each

professionals have one main objective: providing quality

and every member of staff is the key to the successful

and expertise within the world of feminine beauty.

growth of the DCL group. The founder and president of Dover Cosmetics Limited is also a partner in Swissta RDC,

Diversity is an important word for Ghandour, which

Sprl, which is involved in the manufacturing and distribu-

transcends not only its ample array of products, but the

tion of pure mineral water under the brand name of

composition of its team of professionals as well.

‘Swissta’. Ghandour’s products are all made of natural products In line with its expansion plan, DCL is going to amplify

and produced with the latest technological innovations.

the importation of goods from Europe and start the

Its brands are enhanced by a qualitative knowhow that

manufacturing of soaps, detergents and oil based pro-

has been customers for more than 20 years.

ducts. The popular range of cosmetics includes a panoply of DCL also contributes to boosting the DRC’s economy by

products such as perfumes, eau de cologne, deodorants,

giving local employment to workers, through its working

beauty creams, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, hair rela-

with local manufacturers for corrugated boxes and plastic

xers, gels, hair dyes, soft soap creams, powders, nail var-

packaging, which are necessary for its final products.

nishes, varnish removers, body oils and glycerine.

Dover always encourages local employment and favours training of professional responsibilities by delegating cru-

Ghandour is always on the lookout for new products and

cial technical positions. Dover also contributes to the

keeps a competitive edge throughout Africa, with tailor-

socioeconomic growth of the DRC by donating funds,

made products from country to country, always with the

assisting, organizing and sponsoring events, like ‘Miss

client in mind. It makes quality products for the masses

Francophone’ and other activities, which encourage local

and strive to enhance women’s natural beauty.

talent. Ghandour - Making every day beautiful

GHANDOUR INDUSTRIE CONGO GROUP ELWIN BLATTNER (GBE) Zikar Ghandour Administrator Director

Michael Blattner

13ième rue Limete, Boulevard Lumumba,

Accounts Manager

BP 11997 Kinshasa 1

Route des Poids Lourds 2, Kingabwa, Kinshasa

Tel: +243-99-9906357

Tel: +243-85-1303685

Fax: +33-15-3012899

Email: contact@gbedrc.com

Email: ghandour@ic.cd The Group Elwin Blattner is composed of six different Date of Creation: 1985

companies, all specializing in the exploitation of agricultural fields all over the country. The company also owns

In 1985, Ghandour Industrie Congo group implemented

factories, which allows it to transform primary products

itself in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

into finished products.

Ghandour

has developed its own cosmetic research centre dedicated to the beauty and the well being of families and

The first of these companies, the Société de Cultures et

especially women.

d’Industries Agricoles au Mayumbe (SCAM), is established in the province of Bas-Congo and exploits

Inspired by a dynamic creativity and continuously resear-

1,142ha of cocoa in share-cropping plots, 3,350ha of

ching for innovative formulas, Ghandour Perfumery’s

hévéa, 95ha of coffee, and 12,079ha of other agricul-

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eBizguides DRC tural land, savannas, forests and forest cultures. SCAM

pany replanted 200ha of palm trees and foresees plan-

has three factories for processing.

ting 300ha/year over the next five years.

In Province Orientale, Busira Lomami Orientale, located in

This long-term strategy and the panoply of different com-

the district of Tshopo (Isangi), exploits palm trees over a

panies all over the DRC allow the group to be strong and

total area of 4,283ha. The company has a replanting pro-

to perform well in all industries.

gramme over four years, with 400ha being replanted each year from 2006 to 2009.

GROUP FORREST

But it is in Equateur that GBE has implemented most of

Avenue Usoke 359, Quartier Industriel,

its companies. Busira Lomami Equateur in Tshauapa’s

B.P. 1531, Lubumbashi

principal activity is hévéa culture in a plantation covering

Tel: +243-23-42232

9,199ha. In the same province, the Companie de

Fax: +243-23-42275

Commerce et des Plantations is located in the territory of

Email: gfia@forrestrdc.com

Basankusu and owns a manufacturing plant for soap in

Website: www.forrestgroup.com

Lisafa and two factories for production of palm oil in Lisafa and in Ndeke. Also based in Lisala, the Société de

Forrest Group was created in 1922. This was the year in

Culture Congolais Binga (SCC Binga) is made up of four

which Malta Forrest created this company in the province

factories producing oil, coffee, latex and cocoa. Still in

of Katanga in the south of the Belgian Congo (the pre-

Equateur, SCC Bosondjo in the territory of Bongandanga

sent Democratic Republic of Congo).

owns oil, coffee and cocoa factories. In 2006 the com-


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From 1933 onwards, this transport company moved

Group Orgaman aims to ensure the integration of all the

towards mining activities (copper, manganese, gold) and

companies that contribute to the same business object as

at the start of the 1950s developed its own activities in

Orgaman Sprl, which is to commercialize frozen foods

the fields of civil engineering and public works. The

and to restructure some companies so they can ensure

Forrest Group continued to develop with its 1992 acqui-

their profitability.

sition of cement plants and a coal mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and its 1994 acquisition of an engi-

Moreover, Group Orgaman wishes to develop national

neering and construction company in the United Arab

production and is intensifying its efforts in this field. This

Emirates.

is why Group Orgaman is currently in a transition phase

Today, management in the form of a holding company

production. This transition can be seen through the agri-

represents several companies spread out over four of the

cultural, property and mining companies, which are enti-

five continents.

rely part of Group Orgaman.

between importation and the development of national

At present Forrest Group’s activities include: industrial

This group includes nine companies, which employ 1,650

full-line suppliers, cement plants, food manufacturing,

people. These companies involve investments of more

property and brokerage, civil engineering, mining deve-

than US $30 million and are present in five of the 11 pro-

lopments, metallurgical treatment, aviation and health

vinces of the DRC (Kinshasa, Bas-Congo, Bandundu,

care centres.

Eastern Province and Kivu-Nord).

MAFRICOM SPRL

“In this multi-technical mixing pot, the Forrest Group has built up global experience, confirmed by the presence of Group companies in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.” George A. Forrest

GROUPE ORGAMAN Jean Pierre Barbier

Mohamed Ali

General Secretary (Secrétaire Général)

Associe Gerant

Av. Lt. Col. Lukusa,

295 Avenue Basoko, Kinshasa

B.P. 1598, Kinshasa

Tel: +243-81-9941259

Tel: +243-85-1303685

Fax: +243-81-2616263 / 85-230176680

Email: barbier@orgaman.com

Email: mafricom@gbs.cd

Date of Creation: 1931

Date of Creation: 1991

The history of Group Orgaman follows that of the

Mafricom was founded in Kinshasa on 1st June 1991 by

Damseaux Family, which established itself in the DRC in

Mr Ali Mohamed Shams as a small-scale used clothing

1931. Group Orgaman (Organization, Participation and

importer. Between 1991 and 1998 Mafricom has steadily

Management) is managed by Mr William Damseaux and

expanded its operations, spreading to Kisangani, Goma,

his son Jean-Claude, two of the most important Belgian

Lubumbashi, Tchikapa and Mbuji-Mayi.

private investors in the DRC. Mafricom believes in delivering quality products at affordable prices and its aim is to reach the general public.

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eBizguides DRC This policy of consistent quality has created the company’s good reputation among all its customers.

Mafricom has seen healthy growth due to its devoted, ambitious and hardworking people. The company believes in its employees and considers them to be an

In 2001 the company signed an exclusive distributorship

important asset to the company. To create employment

agreement with the Irish Dairy Board to launch Kerrygold

for local people, Mafricom invests significantly in local

products in the DRC.

manufacturing and marketing of its own brands. All these actions and more help the company to maintain

The company started its first sachet milk powder packa-

good relations with its suppliers, the local government

ging factory. Simultaneously, the company set up an

and its employees.

aggressive marketing programme, as it became conscious of the necessity of brand building. Meanwhile,

Presently, the company distributes products under the

Mafricom has flourished in the second-hand clothing

brands Kerrygold, Happy Cow, Energie and Bonheur.

business and has become the biggest importer in the country.

Mafricom’s vision is to produce and distribute world-class products at affordable prices for local clients. The com-

In 2004 Mafricom diversified into producing yoghurt

pany is continuously looking for new distributorships of

drinks under the Kerrygold name. After two years of

consumer goods from leading multinational corpora-

struggling, it finally achieved the positive results it knew

tions.

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SAFRICAS

In the production sector, Safricas makes its own bitumen/granite mix for its own building purposes as well

David Blattner

as for other contractors in DRC. The company also has

Administrator

two high-quality sandstone quarries in Lutendele and

1 Route des Poids Lourd, Quartier Kinbabwa,

Kasangulu. These quarries supply the building sites of the

Kinshasa/Limete

construction industry of Safricas and other companies.

Tel: +243-81-9000000 / 85-1805500 Email: david.blattner@usa.net

Safricas has its own concrete plants so it can feed its buil-

Website: www.safricas.com

ding sites and provide concrete to third parties as well. Thanks to the Safricas quarries, the concrete plant is fed

Safricas, one of the DRC’s powerhouses in many different

with top-quality aggregate.

domains, is made up of companies covering more than 10 different activities. Safricas covers public works and

Safricas has its own harbour infrastructure on the Congo

housing through construction of buildings big and small

River in Kinkole. Located less than 40km from Kinshasa,

alike, and through the construction and the rehabilitation

it allows the unloading of boats for Safbois, the forestry

of many roads in the DCR. In addition to the thousands

company of the group, among others, so as to supply

of tarred roads and other sand tracks built between 1965

materials for the building sites, and it can also be used for

and 2000, Safricas counts among its last achievements

harbour services.

the paved section of the Kinshasa–Matadi road and the Bankana–Kwango one.

Finally, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, subcontractors and even private individuals can consult Safricas to hire transport, civil engineering and construction equipment.

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MINING

Such a big potential is set to place the DRC as a leading

The DRC offers a huge mining potential with reserves of

provide an adequate mining plant to integrate mining

ore producer. Unfortunately, the DRC is not yet able to

copper, cobalt, diamond, gold, zinc, cadmium, silver, tin,

and transformation or to produce semi-processed pro-

tungsten, manganese, uranium, Colombo-tantalite

ducts with higher added value in the market.

(coltan) etc. Its mineral reserves rank second for copper and cobalt (accounting for 10% of all world reserves).

The mining infrastructure is a legacy from the colonial

The Gecamines reserves of cobalt represent 80% of

era. Gecamines is the leading mining company (formerly

world reserves.

Union Minière), which has faced major changes following

In the 1980s, mining production represented 25% of

industries, particularly in Katanga.

insolvency and the emergence of small-scale mining

GDP. In 2001, because of the collapse of formal mining activity and the increase of artisanal ones, the mining

Statistics show that industrial mining production output,

production declined to 7% of GDP. However, thanks to

which formerly yielded the major revenues of the

the welfare production of diamonds, the level of mining

Congolese economy, collapsed in the early 1990s. Copper

re-grew to 16% of GDP in 2006. Mining production was

production, for instance, has fallen from 465,000 tonnes

boosted with the return of international mining compa-

in 1990 to 18,000 tonnes in 2006; zinc production fell

nies, which for decades were not authorised to exploit in

from 54,043 tonnes in 1990 to 15,110 tonnes in 2005.

DRC. This foreign reintegration was made possible by the new mining code, promulgated in 2002, under the World

However, diamond mining has seen an outstanding

Bank auspices. The actual law, while limiting the State’s

expansion, due basically to the contributions of small-

intervention, guarantees property rights and strengthens

scale diamond operators. Between 1989 and 2005 the

the government’s control on exploitations.

production output of diamonds has doubled from 17 million to 34 million carats. After decades of corruption and government’s monopoly, which worsened the situa-

Malachite is another major mining resource in the Congo

tion, President Kabila liberalised the production.

Gold is mainly mined in the east by a state-owned company (Kilo Moto located in Bunia); gold production output has decreased following the 10-year period of war. Investments are in the process of realization via joint-venture companies in order to boost prospecting activities, exploration and production in Ituri.

Mismanagement of state-owned mining companies and the fall in prices of the main mining products, including copper, are the main reasons behind the collapse of the mining sector in the DRC. The plundering and looting of 1991 and 1993, aggravated by wars and rebellious movements in the period from 1996 to 2003, have thereafter knocked this sector down. This sector under these conditions, only accounts for 14% of GDP in 2006 against 80% in 1960.

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Colourful mineral layers so evident in Katanga's rich soil

These data are an indication of the huge investment

Kulumaziba River. These rejections, which lie across an

potential in the sector, especially in light of the release of

area of 10.5 miles (17km), are under a form of crude

the new Mining Code and the setting up of the Cadastre

malachite.

Minier (mining registry office) and general measures for

• Anvil Mining (Kinsevere site), involved in industrial

restructuring the portfolio of state-owned companies.

mining and the transformation of copper ingots with an output capacity of 25,000 tonnes per year.

The vitality of copper and cobalt mining has already

• Tenke Fungurume Mining, which plans to produce

received a boost with the opening in Katanga of several

115,000 tonnes of copper and 8,000 of cobalt by 2008.

new large-scale units including:

Société de Terril de Lubumbashi (STL), which processes

• The Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), which has rehabi-

the mining spoils in Lubumbashi.

litated the underground mines of Kamoto, the concen-

• Frontier Sprl and KMT, created by the Canadian group

trator at KTC and the hydrometallurgic factory at Luilu.

First Quantum, which are exploiting copper and cobalt.

This company plans to produce 150,000 tonnes of copper

Ruashi Mining, whose plant is set up at Ruashi, a hinter-

and 5,000 tonnes of cobalt by 2013, creating 12,000 jobs.

land in Lubumbashi, with a production output of 50,000

• The DRC and the Cobalt Projects (DCP) are aimed at

tonnes per annum of copper metal expected in 2010.

exploiting the Kamoto Oliviera Virgule open-air mine

• Moors Drilling Mining Congo Sprl, which is subcontrac-

(KOV). The company is establishing big plants for copper

ting company whose business aims at fitting-up and sani-

refinery throughout the world with a peak production of

tation of mines.

250,000 tonnes of copper cathodes and 270,000 tonnes

• Stanley Layne Mining Sprl, which is also involved in fit-

of cobalt per year by 2010.

ting-up and sanitation of mines

• The Société Minière de Kolwezi envisages recycling copper rejections from the former Mutoshi plant on the

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HYDROCARBONS

international company Perenco Oil of France. The US company Union Oil and the Japanese Teikoku are two

The DRC has been a producer and exporter of oil since

other important actors. The reserves are essentially

1975. But it has the potential which may rank it among

located in the Congo River estuary and estimated at

the greatest producers of oil in Africa. The prospecting

187m barrels.

campaign undertaken in the eastern, western and central regions has identified hydrocarbons in the Central Basin,

The consumption of oil products is currently estimated at

the Rift Valley in eastern DRC and at the borderline with

770,000 cubic metres per annum. The needs may be

Uganda.

assessed at 2,000,000 cubic metres. Oil is sold at 1 US $ per litre at filling stations.

Hydrocarbon reserves have been identified on the Atlantic coastline and are exploited offshore and onshore

MAIN COMPANIES

by the company Perenco. Statistics indicate an average production of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels per day from

ANVIL MINING

2000 to 2006, which is all exported. Mike O’Sullivan The DRC possesses a refinery with a capacity of 75,000

CEO

tonnes per year run by the Société Congolaise des

7409 av. de la Revolution, Lubumbashi

Industries de Raffinage (SOCIR). This refinery plant is

Tel: +61-86-4652310

designed for the purpose of processing semi-crude

Website: www.anvilmining.com

imported oil. It produces two-star petrol, fuel for aircraft, gas oil and fuel oil. It can operate using inputs of

Anvil Mining is the leading copper producer in the

Congolese crude oil provided some improvements are

Democratic Republic of Congo. The company’s success, since first production in 2002, has been based on respon-

made to the machinery.

sible development, community partnerships and contiOn technical grounds, refinery activities have been in

nued improvement in shareholder value.

abeyance since 2000 and the company’s activities are focused on importing and warehousing of oil.

Anvil has a clear and achievable growth strategy sup-

A consequence of the stoppage of activities of SOCIR is

more than double copper production from 40,000 tonnes

the shortage the DRC faces regarding the procurement

in 2007 to over 100,000 tonnes per annum in 2010, at the

ported by high-grade resources. The company plans to

same time as investing in downstream processing to add

of oil products, which mainly come from abroad.

value to the company’s products. The four key elements of Despite these weaknesses, the hydrocarbon sector is one

the growth strategy are to maximize the value and sustai-

with prospects owing to:

nability of the company’s foundation mining project at

• Encouraging indications of the presence of hydrocar-

Dikulushi, to increase returns from the Kulu tailings project

bons over several prospected fields;

near Mutoshi, to develop a world-class copper project at

• An important network of deposits of oil byproducts

Kinsevere, and to confirm a 500,000 tonne copper reserve

• Provisions aimed at liberalization in the marketing of oil

at Anvil’s Mutoshi project in the heart of the African

products;

Copperbelt. The strategy is building on the solid founda-

• The upward trend of crude oil prices;

tion of mining and processing established at low-risk

• The rise in the worldwide oil demand.

copper and silver projects developed in the past five years.

DRC is a small oil producer. The main part of the produc-

The company has three established mining and proces-

tion, over 70%, is offshore, with a domination of the

sing operations at Dikulushi, Kulu and Kinsevere.

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Kinsevere Stage I HMS Plant was commissioned during

AngloGold Ashanti. AGK is currently in a phase of explo-

the first week of June 2007, producing the first copper

ration in Ituri (northern DRC) with two ambitious pro-

concentrates on 9th June 2007.

grammes of exploration on concession 40, covering nearly 10,000 km2. The first exploration programme is

Strong commitment to sustainability and corporate social

concentrated on the mining zone of Mongbwalu and is

responsibility is helping to set the foundation for conti-

approaching a decisive phase. The second takes care of

nued development of Anvil’s operations. Anvil is establis-

the remainder of the concession with intensive opera-

hing a comprehensive and transparent approach to cor-

tions of drilling and aeromagnetic cartography. Since it

porate social responsibility – building on successful com-

started its activities of exploration in 2005, AGK has cre-

munity development programmes from the company’s

ated more than 500 jobs in the DRC.

first years in operation. Like the international group AGA, AGK is guided by prinThe company’s commitment to the community was ensh-

ciples of good governorship, transparency, ethics, respect

rined in the initial mining agreement between Anvil and

for the environment and involvement of the local com-

the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

munities. AGK practises a respectful community develop-

Under the terms of the agreement, Anvil was committed

ment based on close cooperation with the population

to investing 10% of the profits from its Dikulushi Mining

and a reinforcement of their capacities.

Operation in local community development. Several social projects such as the rehabilitation of the

ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS KILO SARL

Bunia–Mongbwalu road, bridges and schools have allowed the opening-up and the improvement of the

Guy-Robert Lukama

living conditions of the communities living in the area of

Country Manager

Mongbwalu.

AGK, Tour BCDC, 11th Floor, bld du 30 juin, Gombe, Kinshasa

AGK wants to have a sustainable development and,

Tel: +243-99-0900410

through various projects, to contribute to the socioeco-

Fax: +27-11-6376577

nomic development of Ituri, the maintenance of peace

Email: Ms Veronique Tshiamala, Executive Assistant

and the industrial rise of the DRC.

VTshiamala@anglogoldashanti.com Website: www.anglogoldashanti.com

BOSS MINING

Activity: Mining exploration

Mutale Johnson Deroyer

Date of Creation: 1990

Financial Director – Management Member

Employees: 411

1876 av. Lac Kipopo Tel: +243-81-4530168

AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) is an active multinational in the

Fax: +243-99-7015637

gold mining sector and carries on its activities of mining

Email: johnson.deroyer@bossmining.com

exploration and exploitation in 10 countries across four continents. AGA is listed on the stock exchanges of

Boss Mining Sprl is the result of a partnership between

Johannesburg, London, Australia, Ghana, Paris and

Central African Mining & Exploration Company (Camec), with 80% of the authorized capital, and Gécamines,

Brussels.

which holds 20% of the shares of the authorized capital. In DRC, AGA is represented by its subsidiary company

Boss Mining Sprl has been in production since 2004. It

Ashanti Goldfields Kilo (AGK), created from the part-

exploits the cupro-cobaltiferous layers approved by

nership

exploitation licences EP 467 and EP 469, 151 and 273

between

Okimo

(Congolese

State)

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mining squares, covering the concessions C19 and C21 located around Kakanda.

Chemaf Sprl is a growing mining and metallurgy company based in Lubumbashi in eastern DRC whose prin-

In Luita (22km from Kakanda), Boss Mining Sprl is buil-

cipal activities include mineral exploration, mining and

ding a hydro-metallurgical treatment plant, which will

processing. The company is privately owned and is part

cost US $350 million. This factory will produce 20,000

of the Shalina Group, which has been operational in the

tonnes of copper by 2007.

DRC for nearly 30 years.

The production will reach 100,000 tonnes of copper and

The company produces LME grade A copper cathodes

6,000 tonnes of cobalt in 2008. Boss Mining Sprl is also

and has made significant progress in technology to pro-

associated through Mukondo Mining Sprl with Company

duce pure cobalt cathodes using solvent extraction and

Savannah Mining Sprl (formerly KMC: Kababankola

electrowinning technology. Other products include sul-

Mining Compagny Sprl), with equal shares (50/50).

phuric acid for its own consumption and also for sale

Mukondo Mining Sprl works the mine of Mukondo,

locally in the DRC. Current production is 100 tonnes per

which extends across two mining squares from the C19

day and this will be increased by 500 tonnes per day by

concession. To date, Boss Mining Sprl employs directly

mid 2008. A significant proportion of this output from

and indirectly 5,000 workers in Luita, Kakanda, Likasi,

the new plant will be sold locally.

Kambove and Lubumbashi, and this figure is increasing. In the DRC the company operates the 100% owned With a monthly production of 100 tonnes of cobalt con-

Etoile mine including a number of old ore dumps on the

centrates and 1,000 tonnes of copper, the monthly sales

site under exploitation licence 577, which provides oxides

turnover of Boss Mining Sprl, since April 2007, is around

for the nearby processing plant at Usoke Avenue and

US $8.5 million. Moreover, since March 2007, Boss Mining

longer term will provide mixed ores and sulphides. The

pays US $300,000 per month to Gécamines as an advance

current copper cathode output is 16,000 tonnes per

on dividends, or US $3,600,000 per year. Boss Mining is

annum and this is being developed in 2008 to increase to

also interested in everything related to its workers and

30,000 tonnes per annum. Cobalt production will be

surrounding population. Within this framework, it rehabi-

over 6,000 tonnes per annum during 2008. Following

litated the Likasi–Luambo–Fungurume–Kakanda section of

depletion of oxide feed, an additional expansion of the

the trunk road n°1, and the Likasi–Kambove–Kakanda sec-

sulphide circuit will be developed, subject to raising

tion. It also refurbished the hospital of Kakanda, which

finance via a company flotation. The flotation is sche-

receives weekly assistance for purchasing drugs. It has

duled for early 2009.

completely revitalized the social heart of Kakanda. Integral to the long-term strategy in the DRC, the comBoss Mining also built the maternity hospital of the Likasi

pany is actively seeking to increase its resource base with

camp and improved the city of Kakanda by repairing the

exploration active over 15,000 square kilometres. The

street lighting, distributing water and electricity, clearing

group is developing an extensive exploration programme

out the gutters and rehabilitating the street.

with the objective of finding new resources of copper, cobalt and other minerals.

CHEMAF SPRL Chemaf is already one of the largest investors in Katanga, Anar Ansel

having invested over US $100 million over the past five

Director

years. The company is committed to developing the

144 av. Usoke, Lubumbashi

regional infrastructure and to this end the group has

Tel: +44-7917686420

already agreed to finance road-building projects and has

Email: info@chemaf.com

opened the Shalina Eye Clinic for free eye treatment in

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the town of Lubumbashi. Another key area of focus is to

Spice Energy is an industrial conglomerate with well-esta-

develop the local people through training and career

blished businesses in India and Africa by means of signi-

opportunities. Other projects planned include education,

ficant presence in: Oil and Gas, Aviation, Construction,

free hospital treatment, agriculture and fish farming.

and the Hospitality industry. The group’s extensive mana-

COBIT-SRM EXPLORATION SPRL

Whether it may be mission-critical core activities like ope-

gement experience extends across these sectors.

ration of an aviation fleet, hydroelectric dams, power staSam Rajpal

tions and oil fields, or more service-oriented knowledge

CEO

in developing and managing some of the finest interna-

Imm. Interfina

tional hotel properties the leadership team brings rich-

Boulevard du 30 juin

ness and diversity to Spice Energy. Spice Energy is aspi-

N° 503, 1er étage, Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa

ring to become a world-class oil and gas company inte-

Tel: +243-999302/731/732/739/740

grated in the energy business. The company focuses on

Email: info@cobit-srm.com

domestic and international oil and gas with both ups-

Website: www.spicenergy.com

tream and downstream activities.

Activity: Petroleum bitumen, tar

In the Democratic Republic of Congo Spice Group has

Date of Creation: 2004

signed a concession agreement for a tar sand field for the

Capital: US $ 1 Billion

production of bitumen operated by Cobit-SRM. The com-

Turnover: US $ 1.6 Billion

pany will be in full-scale production by the second half of

Employees: 12,000

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sand field in the Democratic Republic of Congo; with this

with the Spice Group image of a socially and environ-

asset and the relevant technical and management exper-

mentally responsible institution worthy of emulation. As

tise Cobit–SRM is positioned to become the key provider

concerned citizens of the environment the group conti-

of bitumen in the country. The upgrade of bitumen to be

nuously conducts environmental impact studies and has

useable for road infrastructure is vital to further develop-

the following plans in place: biodiversity conservation,

ment within the DRC, and indeed the production of

solid waste management, restoration of quarry sites,

bitumen is one of the cornerstones of the ‘five founda-

green belt, environmental monitoring, landscaping,

tions of development’ promoted by His Excellency The

health care, resettlement and rehabilitation, catchments

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

area treatment and forestation.

Cobit-SRM, in line with the Spice Group vision, is actively

Other group projects include:

involved in supporting the local community by providing

• Samanah Hotels: A project to build leading five star

essential primary schooling, housing and health care for

hotels in Marrakech, Morocco.

the villages in the concession as well as much needed

• Spice Jet: A low-cost airline operating in India.

employment opportunities. It also provides safe drinking

• SRM Infrastructure Limited: Implementing a multipro-

water for communities, by installing a treatment plant

duct Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the National Capital

and a 4Km water pipeline. The provision of electricity to

Region (NCR), New Delhi, India.

society is also one of its obligations. Thus it confirming

“We are continuously looking to add

the company’s commitment to social responsibility.

more spice to our group!” The emphasis is on responsible mining with land rehabi-

Sam Rajpal,CEO

litation as a requirement of the Board, keeping in line Approximately US $5 million in copper powder for smelting!

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DRC COPPER AND COBALT PROJECT (DCP)

EMAXON SPRL

Simon B. Tuma-Waku

Pieter Deboutte

Chairman

Managing Director

Galerie du Centenaire 2-A3, bld du 30 juin,

Galerie du Centenaire 2b4, bld du 30 juin,

Kinshasa/Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-7152217

Tel: +243-99-9919410

Fax: +243-81-3464009

Fax: +243-81-3013831

Email: stuma-waku@nikanor.co.uk

Email: pdb@gbs.cd Website: www.dgi-group.com

Gécamines and Global Enterprise Corporate (GEC), a subsidiary of Nikanor quoted in the London Stock

Activity: Natural resources exploration, related finance, pro-

Exchange, joined to create DCP (DRC Copper and Cobalt

ject management and stakeholder relations services.

Project), owned 20% Gécamines, 5% Congolese state

Date of Creation: 2001

and 75% GEC. The main goal of this project is the exploi-

Employees: 170

tation of the KOV (Kamoto-Oliveira-Virgule) open-cast Founded in 1996, the DGI Group is a leader in the deve-

mine.

lopment of natural resources in emerging markets. It is For this project, Nikanor (head office of GEC) and DCP

engaged in all aspects of the value chain, from explora-

want to raise more than US $1 billion for the construction

tion and project finance to logistics and mining, from

of a refinery in Kolwezi. In 2009 the first copper refined

refining and distribution to communications and consul-

at 99.99% will be produced by this factory, which will be

ting. Its expertise ranges from diamonds to copper,

one of the largest copper refineries in the world. This fac-

cobalt, real estate, finance, plastics, agriculture and bio-

tory will be unique of its kind and will include in its spe-

fuels. The group operates in North and South America,

cifications an extraction by solvent and an increasing

Israel, Africa and Europe.

profit in its electrolysis technology. EMAXON Sprl offers expertise in natural resources exploIt will be able to produce 250,000 tonnes of copper

ration, mining, stakeholder relations and general project

cathode per annum. The factory will also produce around

management. Based in Kinshasa, the company is the

270,000 tonnes of cobalt per annum.

main vehicle for the DGI Group's many diverse industrial activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2001,

By 2010 DCP will reach the threshold of its production

the DGI Group created Emaxon Finance International to

capacity and the company will then be able to employ

invest in mining infrastructure projects.

1,800 full-time agents. It is anticipated that for each job created within DCP, seven others will be created to sup-

Emaxon provides a source of project financing where tra-

port the expanding local economy in domains such as

ditional sources may otherwise not be readily available.

shops, food, agriculture, fish shops, transport, etc.

For example, Emaxon provided a financing package for the Société Minière de Bakwanga (MIBA) to assist MIBA

DCP has undertaken several projects with the aim of

with the paying of wages and purchase of new equip-

rehabilitating Kolwezi: schools, roads, hospital and health

ment to take advantage of new diamond deposits and

centres, supply of energy and drinking water, community

increase exports. The innovative financing arrangement

infrastructure, etc.

offered MIBA a lifeline and the DGI Group a supply of legally mined diamonds despite significant challenges. Emaxon has also continued to offer assistance to MIBA during its ongoing financial difficulties.

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FIRST QUANTUM MINERALS LTD

factory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By bringing international experts to train local staff, Emaxon

Jeffrey Ovian

Polishing has created an important pool of talent, ena-

Country Manager

bling the company's staff of 125 to produce polished dia-

1029 bld Kamanyola, B.P. 555, Lubumbashi

monds to the highest international quality levels. Emaxon

Tel: +243-81-4000051

Polishing represents a significant investment and techno-

Fax: +243-81-3010278

logy transfer that ultimately will help the DRC to retain a

Email: jeffrey.ovian@fqmi.com

significantly greater portion of the value in the diamond

Website: www.first-quantum.com

value chain. First Quantum Minerals Ltd is a growing mining and DGI International Ltd is a global consulting firm working

metals company whose principal activities include

in a variety of industry sectors that helps clients identify

mineral exploration, development and mining. The com-

business opportunities, recruit staff, raise capital,

pany produces LME grade A copper cathode, copper con-

manage projects and communicate with a full range of

centrate, gold and sulphuric acid.

stakeholders including national and local government, media, international organizations, non-governmental

The company’s operations in Zambia include the 100%

organizations and others. Its clients operate in the copper

owned Bwana Mkubwa SX/EW facility, sulphuric acid

and cobalt and logistics sectors in the Balkans, Central

plants and the 80% owned Kansanshi open-pit copper

Africa, the Ivory Coast and South Africa.

and gold mine. First Quantum also holds strategic investments in the Nkana underground copper mine and cobalt refinery (16.9%) and the Mufulira underground


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copper mine, smelter and copper refinery (16.9%) in

In 2006 First Quantum produced 183,000 tonnes of copper and reported a net profit of US $414 million. In

Zambia.

2007 First Quantum was forecast to produce 215,000 In the Democratic Republic of Congo, First Quantum ope-

tonnes of copper, a 31% increase over 2006.

rates the 100% owned Lonshi open-pit copper mine, which provides oxide copper ore for processing at Bwana

Not only is this company making higher profits every

Mkubwa, a 95% interest in the Frontier copper deposit,

year, but it is also taking the enviroment into account.

and a 65% interest in the Kolwezi copper-cobalt tailings

The company has environmental management systems in

project.

place at each of its current operations. The procedures

In Mauritania, First Quantum operates the 80% owned

company’s environmental management systems are in

Guelb Moghrein copper gold mine.

line with ISO 14001 requirements. The overall goals

and protocols that form the operating framework of the

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vention; compliance with pertinent environmental regu-

It has 30 exploitation licences, 36 research licences, 1

lations and legislation; and continual improvement to

authorization for exploitation of permanent quarries and

protect the environment.

one authorization of research in quarry materials.

In terms of health and safety, First Quantum implements

Gécamines is ready to subcontract the exploration of a

internationally accepted occupational health and safety

part of its operations to mining companies interested in

standards and procedures throughout its operations. The

the creation of common partnerships and also wants to

company complies with all national laws on health and

subcontract its mining operation to develop its extraction

safety in the workplace in order to create a safe work-

sites. The other activities of the company are the produc-

place, thereby protecting its employees from accident

tion of cables and copper bars for the electrification of

and sickness. These laws are in line with International

the country as well as the manufacture of various spare

Labor Organization recommendations.

parts for the harmonious operation of the industrial facilities in the DRC.

First Quantum is always mindful of its responsibility towards the community in which it operates.

SOCIÉTÉ MINIÈRE DE BAKWANGA (MIBA)

GÉCAMINES (GÉNÉRALE DES CARRIÈRES ET DES MINES)

Gustave Luabeya CEO 4 Place de la Coopération, Mbuji-Mayi

Calixte Mukasa Kalembwe

Tel: +243-87-3682087321

CEO

Fax: +243-87-3682087322

419 bld Kamanyola, Lubumbashi, Katanga Tel: +243-2341105 / 2341314

Date of Creation: 1919

Fax: +243-2341041 / 2341099

Capital: US $3,900 million

Email: Gécamines.adg@starnet.cd The mining company of Bakwanga (MIBA) has worked Created in 1966 from Union Minière du Haut-Katanga

the rich diamantiferous layers in the area of Kasaï in the

(UMHK), Gécamines was a stalwart of the Congo during

DRC for nearly 70 years. MIBA is a joint company which

colonization and the second republic. In 1989 it pro-

is owned 80% by the Congolese state and 20% by the

duced 85% of the export earnings, against 60% in 1960,

Belgian Company Sibeka.

and contributes up to 42% of public revenues. Gécamines trades in copper, cobalt and zinc plus ura-

The principal mission of the company is the exploration

nium and other minerals. During a normal year, copper

of the mining layers as well as studies of and execution

alone accounts for 50% of export earnings. Gécamines is

of all work of mining exploitation. MIBA also takes care

a public company which owns mining exploitations in

of obtaining, purchasing, transfer and leasing of the

Kolwezi, Likasi and Lubumbashi, as well as mining opera-

mines and mining concessions in the DRC. The society is

tions covering nearly 18,900km2 for copper and asso-

in charge of the purchase, sale and trade of all mining

ciated metals, and nearly 14,000km2 for tin and other

wealth, and the establishment of all factories for extrac-

metals, such as coltan.

tion, treatment and purification of ores, working of metals and exploitation of their derivatives.

Gécamines has a geological and mining inheritance, taken together with all its partnerships, containing

Currently, the exploitation is gathered in a mining

reserves estimated at 56,000,000 tonnes of copper,

polygon close to the town of Mbuji-Mayi. The exploita-

4,000,000 of tonnes of cobalt, 6,400,000 tonnes of zinc

tion is done in primary (kimberlitic) and secondary (allu-

and 3,400 tonnes of germanium.

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6,600,000 carats per annum. This level will rise quickly in

duced on 17th July. Ramp up to design production com-

the current five-year plan (2003–2007) to reach an

menced in August, and full production of 70,000tpm has

output of 9,000,000 carats in 2006. The principal charac-

been achieved. The capital cost of the concentrator

teristics of this five-year plan are the exploitation of the

erected, tailings dam construction and main power

beds of rivers and the transfer of operations towards

infrastructure has amounted to US $30 million.

intensive exploitation of the kimberlitic layers following the exhaustion of the detrital reserves.

Phase II of the Ruashi project entails mining the open-pit ore bodies at an envisaged rate of 120,000tpm, to give

The production is mainly made up of industrial diamonds,

approximately 45,000 tonnes of copper and 3,500

those for jewellery accounting for only 5% to 6%. The

tonnes of cobalt per annum in both cathode and cobalt

annual sales figure is around US $90 million.

carbonate forms. The bankable feasibility study for Phase

RUASHI MINING PROJECT

appointed by Standard Bank to review the feasibility

Charles Denby Stockton Needham

project finance discussions with Standard Bank are nea-

Chief Executive

ring completion. Metorex have funded Phase II develop-

109 av. Songololo Lubumbashi

ment in order to secure long-lead items and to com-

Tel: +243-81-9782744

mence civil works ahead of project finance approval.

II was completed in October 2006. RSG Consultants were

study. This review was completed in December 2006, and

Email: ruashiadmin@gmail.com Website: www.ruashi.com

At

the

commencement

of

its

activities

outside

Lubumbashi, Ruashi Mining implemented a social proRuashi is a long-term, phased copper and cobalt produ-

gramme within the area around the mine, which also

cing project, situated in the Katanga province of the

incorporated the use of some of its infrastructure. Many of

Democratic Republic of the Congo, which produces a

these activities are a ‘work in progress’, such as spreading

copper/cobalt

access to Ruashi Mining’s power and water supply infras-

concentrate

treated

at

the

Sable

Processing Facility in Zambia. This project was created in

tructure. Ruashi Mining also provides ongoing social input

2000 and is now managed by Metorex Limited, which is

such as screening the World Cup Soccer series on a big

owned 80% by Ruashi Holding, 15% by Gécamines, and

screen inside the Ruashi village and sponsoring local soccer

5% by the DRC government.

tournaments for the children living in Ruashi village.

The Ruashi project comprises Phase I, mining and treat-

SOCIÉTÉ POUR LE TRAITEMENT DU TERRIL DE LUBUMBASHI (GTL-STL)

ment of the Ruashi/Etoile stockpiles, and Phase II, mining of the Ruashi open-pit ore bodies. Additionally, Ruashi Mining has entered into an agreement with Gécamines

Route de Kipushi 4,

covering three permit areas, Musonoi, Sokoroshe 1 and

B.P. 1531, Lubumbashi

Sokoroshe 2, where drilling and interpretation continues.

Tel: +243-97-032815 Fax: +243-2344195

The concentrator plant established to treat the stockpiles

Email: stl-st@lub.jobantech.cd

during Phase I has a capacity of 70,000 tonnes per month. The critical mechanical and electrical equipment

GTL has its origins in the partnership concluded in June

for commissioning of the plant was procured from

1997 between Gécamines, the American company OMG

O’okiep Copper Company in Northern Cape, South

and Group Forrest. The negotiations began in 1994. GTL

Africa. The first ore was fed into the plant on 30th June

is established in Jersey. The shareholders of GTL are dis-

2006, followed by wet-commissioning in the second

tributed as follows: 20% Gécamines, 55% OMG and

week of July. The first flotation concentrate was pro-

25% Group Forrest.

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GTL’s objectives include the treatment of a part of the

cobalt and 1,887 tonnes of copper in 2003, 2,893 tonnes

spoil heap of Lubumbashi. The spoil heap is the result of

of cobalt and 1,738 tonnes of copper in 2004, and 2,258

mining by the Mining Union of Haut-Katanga (UMHK)

tonnes of cobalt and 1,354 tonnes of copper in 2005.

and Gécamines from 1924 to 1992: a mountain of spoils named the ‘Big Hill’ of Lubumbashi.

In 2006 the factory reached a record production of 5,024 tonnes of cobalt, 3,001 tonnes of copper and 20,947

The partnership aims to treat by hydrometallurgy a part

tonnes of zinc. As an owner of the spoil heap, Gécamines

of the spoil heap of Lubumbashi. Started at the end of

sells the slag following a formula which develops cobalt

2000 and entirely financed by the private partners of the

and copper according to the courses of these metals.

project, the factory can reach an annual production of

Once treated, the slag becomes again the property of

more than 4,000 tonnes of cobalt, 2,500 tonnes of

Gécamines. In addition to this advantage, Gécamines

copper and 15,000 tonnes of zinc oxide with 70% zinc.

profits from 20% of the dividends from the sale of pro-

For the exploitation of the spoil heap, GTL created STL, a

duced white alloy and recovers the 15,000 tonnes of zinc

Congolese Sprl. STL is charged with ensuring the treat-

oxide with an average content of 70%.

ment of the slag and the whole of the technical activities involved. The production began in February 2001. Final

The factory has 390 employees. A third of them are

production during these first years was 1,825 tonnes of

former agents of Gécamines, who until the launching of

cobalt and 1,152 tonnes copper, 1,932 tonnes of cobalt

the factory were in quasi layoff. In addition to the activity

and 1,290 tonnes of copper in 2002, 3,061 tonnes of

which employment generates, STL has developed social

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projects. STL ensures in particular the granting of education allowances for the children of its employees and the medical expenses for employees and their families. In addition, several projects have been carried out such as the support for a centre for disabled children, the installation of a cemetery, the manufacture of equipment for the Town Hall for mowing grass, the liming of a road section, the cleaning of accesses and the construction of a church in an underprivileged district. STL offers assistance to its workers for the purchase of household items, support for football, sports and volleyball teams of the company, and ensures financial support for the schools. STL also offers training courses for students of the University of Lubumbashi (UNILU).

TENKE FUNGURUME MINING Suite 2101 - 885 W. Georgia Street Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 3E8 Email: tenke@namdo.com

Activity: Mining

All of these minerals can be found in one common mining concession

Tenke Mining Corp. is a Canadian mineral exploration

The feasibility study is based on standard African copper

and development company. The company Federal

belt process technology with optimization from Phelps

Corporation trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under

Dodge as one of the world leaders in solution extraction

the symbol TNK. The project of the company in the DRC

and electrowinning operations. Overall metal recoveries

is the copper/cobalt deposit. The Tenke Fungurume

are expected to be 95% for copper and 83% for cobalt

copper/cobalt deposits are considered the world’s largest

metal. Mill facilities are expected to process approxima-

and richest undeveloped deposits, with measured, indi-

tely 7,000tpd of ore.

cated and inferred resources in excess of 540 million tonnes of 3.5% copper and 0.27% cobalt.

As the project has progressed over the last year, social development programmes have been expanded with the

Technical information on the project is extensive as there

start of construction for new schools, road maintenance

has been a considerable amount of work done on Tenke

and an agricultural programme within the Tenke

Fungurume in several stages over time. Prior to TMC’s

Fungurume concessions. Once construction begins on

involvement there had been approximately 176,000m of

the project, long-term social development programmes

drilling, 12km of underground workings and 125km of

will be implemented, funded by the project both through

surface trenches and pits carried out on the property by

capital investment and an ongoing Social Development

others. TMC began work on the project in late 1996.

Fund to facilitate improved water supply for villagers, road improvements, expanded education facilities, new

The feasibility study has been completed for the first phase

medical facilities, employee housing, skill training pro-

of production at the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt pro-

grammes, advancement of local small business, and to

ject in Katanga Province. The target for the first copper

significantly increase local agricultural capacity.

cathode production is the second half of 2008.

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country in 2004 resulted in as many as 98% of the children being immunized. In 2004, the general government

The reconstruction needs of the DRC are huge.

expenditure on health as a percentage of total expendi-

International organizations have begun work on longer

ture was 28.1% whereas the private expenditure on

term plans to help the government to rebuild DRC’s

health as a percentage of total expenditure on health

public services and infrastructure. Britain and the US are

was 71.9%. We can see from these figures that most

also working with other partners to fund construction,

people access private health care.

health and education projects that will bring more immediate benefits to communities in the DRC.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE

The existing public education system in DRC is appalling and the State still largely relies on private initiatives to pro-

The public health service leaves much to be desired in the

vide education to the majority of Congolese. Although

DRC. Life expectancy for men and women is only 46 and

education was officially nationalized after independence,

51 years, respectively. An emphasis needs to be placed

the Catholic Church still represents around 80% of pri-

on malaria treatment and prevention, routine vaccina-

mary and 60% of secondary education facilities in the

tions, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and improving

country. According to last available data, school enrolment

health care provider performance and drug supply

rates reached only 35% in 1999 and UNESCO estimates

systems. International organizations are coming to the

that, nowadays, net primary school enrolment for children

DRC to help. Overall immunization levels in USAID-

between 6 and 11 years of age is of 51% while First grade

assisted health zones are above national levels. For

enrolment rate is estimated at 17%.

example, a polio campaign organized in part of the Back to school means new uniforms!

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eBizguides DRC Women´s education is far behind men’s in the DRC. Only

“We hope that the international community can help

56% of women in the DRC know how to read. The

the medical centre to improve the level of medical care

government is trying to put into place some plans to

for Congolese people through donations and support to

improve access to and quality of basic education, espe-

private clinics.”

cially for girls, through innovative teacher training, distri-

Dr Kabongo, Doctor Director

bution and proper use of educational materials, and encouraging community participation in education. The

CMK (CENTRE MÉDICAL DE KINSHASA)

US agency USAID is training teachers via radio- and internet-based programes. Radio programes also broad-

Dr Paul Daoust

cast messages on the importance of girls’ education to

Doctor Director

local communities. Scholarships to vulnerable girls com-

av. Commerce et Bas-Congo, Kinshasa/Gombe

plement these activities. Over 11,000 primary school girls

Tel: +243-89-8950300

received scholarships for the 2003/2004 school year.

Email: cmkdg@ic.cd

MAIN COMPANIES

Formerly the medical centre of Sabena in Zaire, the Centre Médical de Kinshasa (CMK), a cooperative com-

CENTRE MÉDICAL INTERNATIONAL

pany, was created in 1969. CMK is a clinic for private firms, which is also open to other Congolese companies

Dr Kabongo

and private clients.

Doctor Director av. Mbuji-Mayi 81, Kinshasa/Gombe

After the departure of the Belgian, French, German and

Tel: +243-89-8910415 / 81-3872454 / 89-8989599

Danish medical cooperation, following the events of 1991,

Email: jimikabongo@hotmail.com

there was no longer a reassuring and reliable medical structure in Kinshasa of European standard for medical

Activity: Medical care

Children like this one count on investment in local hospitals

Date of Creation: 1997 Capital: US $120,000 Employees: 25

The Centre Médical International (CMI) is the continuation of the Zaïre American Clinic created in 1997 by Dr Jimi Kabongo, Mr Mbila Constant and Mr Jan de Vries. The medical centre offers a wide range of services primarily in general and specialized consultation. CMI has its own laboratory, and encompasses services in ultrasound, electrocardiograms, radiology, dentistry and hospitalization. CMI is reliable, having a strong history in medical care to the embassies, and specializes in family and workbased medicine.

In the near future, CMI would like to increase the hospital capacity by creating private rooms. Dr Jimi Kabongo and his assistants also frequently participate in training workshops for people suffering from HIV in Cameroun (Douala) and Sénegal (Dakar).

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and surgical emergencies. The expatriate communities

$29 million, and was mostly financed by Dikembe

now rely on CMK. Because of the gap in emergency

Mutombo, who gave US $15 million. The construction,

medical provision, the principal companies in Kinshasa are

which started in 2004, was finished in 2006 and the

organized to create the Centre Privé d’Urgence (CPU),

centre opened its doors on 17th July 2007. Dikembe

which is based on the ground floor of CMK.

Mutombo is Congolese and a famous MBA basketball player. The hospital is named in memory of his mother,

The Medical Centre of Kinshasa is now composed of

Biamba Marie Mutombo, who died in 1998.

three entities: CMK Beach Ngobila (consultation centre), the hospital complex (CH) and the Centre Privé

Phase 1 of the new hospital will include the following ser-

d’Urgence (CPU). It is the only centre for intensive care in

vices: paediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, emergency

the DRC, and can take good care of clients thanks to

room, intensive care, and ambulance services. These ser-

modern equipment of international standards. Reception

vices will be supported by radiology, laboratory and other

conditions and the medical equipment are very high qua-

ancillary services and will open in phases, starting with

lity. A modern operating theatre suite with recovery room

100 beds, to increase to 150 beds during the first six

and a maternity room complete the hospital buildings.

months and with the expectation to ramp up to full capa-

CMK ensures complementary services with its emergency

city (300 beds) after 18 to 24 months. The new hospital

treatment, intensive care, resuscitation, operating theatre

will incorporate a research centre in the near future, but

suite, and maternity unit.

the emphasis now is on opening Phase 1.

CMK has 15 in-house doctors, all tropical specialists,

A special focus is placed on maternal and child health,

among whom are an endocrinologist, a cardiologist, a

where the burden of illness and death is particularly heavy,

hematologist, a nephrologist, a paediatrician, 56 nurses

and will also address emerging diseases such as diabetes,

and 140 other employees. In addition, 22 doctors repre-

stroke and cancer and infectious diseases, especially

senting all the medical specialities work freelance with

HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Ambulance care ser-

CMK, which allows the establishment to treat all types of

vices will support and complement the in-patient services.

pathology. A ‘CMK spirit’ animates all the employees of the company. They are motivated, proud of their place

The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation will sponsor

within CMK and keen to share its work with others.

Congolese public health students to study in the US to enhance their medical training. Training will focus on

BIAMBA MARIE MUTOMBO HOSPITAL

short-term programmes in the fields of laboratory techniques, quality control, epidemiology, rural health, hos-

Ms. Susan Johnson,

pital/pharmacology administration and management. The

Executive Director

programme beneficiaries are expected to become the

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc

nucleus for developing the new hospital and rebuilding

Tel: +1-404-262-2109

the deteriorated health services system in the capital city.

Toolfree Tel: +1-866-289-2108

SHALINA

Email: Mutombo@dmf.org Website: www.dmf.org

Shiraz Virji Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center is

Managing Director

located in the commune of Masina, on the way to the air-

11 av. de l’Action, Kinshasa/ Gombe

port, and is one of the most densely populated and impo-

Tel: +243-99-8353288

verished quadrants of the capital city of Kinshasa.

Email: shiraz@shalina.com

Population estimates for the area vary from 1.5 to 3

Website: www.shalinalabs.com

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Shalina is a leading worldwide health and personal care

The company’s efforts were boosted after receiving the

company whose principal business is the supply of phar-

status of Government Recognized Export House from the

maceuticals, beauty care, personal care products, nutri-

Director General of Foreign Trade of India in 1985. In

tional supplements, medical devices and chemicals.

addition, Shalina has been honoured with the following

Shalina successfully develops and markets innovative pro-

• Certificate of Merit from Chemexcil in 1994–95

ducts that improve, enhance and extend human life. The

• Export Award for Excellent Performance from

company prides itself on delivering total quality products

Chemexcil in 1995–96

prestigious awards:

at an affordable price.

• National Export Award for Outstanding Performance from the government of India, Ministry of Commerce and

Shalina’s products are well established and accepted by

Industry in 1998-99

medical professionals and end users alike in the African

• Trishul Award for Best Performance from Chemexcil in

continent. Forms include capsules, tablets, injections, vita-

1998–99

mins, oral liquids, topical and ophthalmic preparations.

Today, under the dynamic and outstanding leadership of

These cover a number of therapeutic categories such as

Mr Shiraz Virji, Managing Director, it is one of the fastest-

analgesics, antipyretics, anti-inflammatories, antacids,

growing pharmaceutical companies in India.

antirheumatics, antihistamines, expectorants, diuretics, cardiac and vascular disorders, vitamins, and nutritional

None of this tremendous growth would have been pos-

supplements.

sible without the immense contribution of its dedicated

Its leading branded products include Ampi, Diproson,

strongly believes in the values of fair treatment, ethical

Hemoforce, Tonic Shalina, Sulfatrim, Shalcip, Betasol,

practices, standards of excellence, safety and reliability

Wormex, Super Apeti, Ibucap, Zanzicap, Amidol,

and total quality management.

employees. As individuals and as a company, Shalina

Malarquine, Shalvit, Shaltoux and Zamoxyl. This is further strengthened by a wide range of generic drug formulations. Research happens in-house for lack of available cheap outsourcing

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UNIVERSITÉ DE KINSHASA Lututala Mumpasi Rector B.P. 190 Kinshasa 11 Tel: +243-1221361 ext. 320 Email: centreinfo@ic.cd Website: www.unikin.cd

The Université de Kinshasa (Unikin/Kinshasa University) is a French-speaking university based in the town of Kinshasa. Initially established by the Catholic University of Louvain in 1951 at the time of the Belgian Congo under the name of Université Lovanium, it took the name of University of Kinshasa after having broken with the Catholic Church to become a public-owned establishment of university education in 1981. The university is made up of the 10 following faculties: law, social sciences, economic and management sciences, social political and administrative sciences, science, pharmacy, medicine, psychology and education science, agronomy and a polytechnic.

The University of Kinshasa is, according to observers, the

Skeletons of Universities of yore, left behind for bigger campuses!

most prestigious of the universities of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also constitutes a pole of research

Developing and modernizing its academic infrastructure

and a large supplier of professors to the higher education

to receive more foreign students is a major objective of

establishments of the DRC. The teaching staff includes

the University of Kinshasa.

500 professor doctors, a scientific body including 1,000 chiefs of work and assistants.

UNIVERSITÉ DE LUBUMBASHI

More than 23,000 students study at the university, with

Pr Kaumba Lufunda

a majority in first cycle. Research is not up to interna-

Rector

tional standards, though there are some quality scientific

B.P. 1825 Lubumbashi, Katanga

publications. However, the Université de Kinshasa has

Tel: +243-2348202

some research capacity. The university has a central

Fax: +1-801-3401326

library, which needs recent books. The central library is

Website: www.unilu.ac.cd

open to everyone and has the largest collection of books in the DRC. The university does not guarantee housing to

The Université de Lubumbashi (Unilu/Lubumbashi

its 23,000 students, but soon the government will launch

University) is a public university based in the town of

a campaign of rehabilitation and construction of the resi-

Lubumbashi. Created in 1955, the university was called

dence halls and the creation of a body which will be in

successively: Université officielle du Congo et du

charge of the management of these residence halls and

Rwanda-Urundi,

the scholarships.

Université officielle du Congo, Université nationale du

Université

d’État

d’Élisabethville,

Congo/Campus de Lubumbashi, Université nationale du

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Students are very dedicated

ZaĂŻre/Campus de Lubumbashi and finally UniversitĂŠ de

Another major strengh of the university is its hospitality

Lubumbashi. The university is located at Katanga, in the

and the spirit of its students and leaders. Its establis-

south of the country, at the start of the majestic Congo

hment in Katanga, in the heart of Africa, makes it a uni-

River.

versity open to the young people of Africa, with students from Angola, Brazzaville, Nigeria and especially Burundi

Composed of 10 faculties, 2 higher schools and 1 higher

and Rwanda. This excellent university is open to any

institute, it imparts a rich and varied knowledge without

citizen of the world. Unilu awaits hosts and tourists, whe-

sacrificing traditional values. Its 21,000 students embody

rever they are from. Visit the University and it will attract

an ideal organization and solidarity.

you.

Although decayed, its infrastructure, once rehabilitated, will

ZENUFA LABORATORIES SPRL

enhance the university community. It has recommenced partnerships with other universities and institutions of the

Naren Visani

country and especially those in foreign countries.

MD and CEO 3 av. des Entrepots, B.P. 15110, Kingbabwa, Kinshasa

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The principal aim of Zenufa Laboratories is to meet the

Email: satnam@zenufa.com

drug requirements of the population across the entire

Website: www.zenufa.com

territory by putting on the market drugs that meet high standards of quality at an accessible price. As an example

In July 1998 Zenufa Laboratories Sprl started the produc-

of product quality, the International Committee of

tion of pharmaceutical drugs in the DRC. In spite of the

Pharmacists Without Borders qualified Zenufa as the drug

years of war that followed, considerable efforts were

supplier for the buying and distribution units of drugs in

deployed to maintain employment and production.

the DRC financed by the European Union. To guarantee

The company supplies to the market more than 120 pro-

network throughout the country (Kinshasa, Kisangani,

ducts to meet the direct needs of the population. The

Lubumbashi, Kikwit, Bukavu), while respecting good

range of Zenufa products includes antibiotics, antimala-

practices of distribution.

the drugs’ accessibility, Zenufa developed a distribution

rials, analgesics and antipyretics, vitamins, cough mixtures as well antibiotics and antihelminthics.

Currently Zenufa is setting up an extension programme for its drug distribution to Congo, Angola and Cameroon. Zenufa Laboratories is a pride of Congo.

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ring the massive boost from internationally funded reconstruction projects, construction and public works’

The transport network in DRC is made up of 16,238 kilo-

share of recorded GDP has risen steadily from 4.2 percent

meters of navigable waterways, 5,033 kilometres of rail-

in 2000 to 7.1 percent in 2006.

ways, dating for the most part from the colonial era, 145,000 kilometers of national and regional roads and

ROADS

secondary rural roads, 7,400 kilometers of urban thoroughfares, and 270 aerodromes throughout the

Developing agriculture and small industry in rural DRC,

country, including five international airports (in Kinshasa,

which is crucial for poverty reduction, depends heavily on reopening rural roads. In this context the sector has

Lubumbashi, Kasangani, Goma, and Gbadolite).

benefited from massive donor support. Nonetheless, this transport system no longer provides the economic and social sectors with infrastructures and ser-

The World Bank for instance is implementing a major

vices conducive to trade or which can improve the mobi-

project of over US$50m for the “High-Priority Roads

lity of persons and goods and thereby imposes itself as a

Reopening and Maintenance”, which development

priority investment area for the government.

objective is to re-establish lasting access between provincial capitals and districts. The latter should re-open about

According to the government’s PRSP (Poverty Reduction

1,800 kilometers of the high-priority road network and

Strategy Paper) growth in the budgetary expenditure on

ensure their maintenance thereafter. The land connec-

infrastructure increased its share from 11.2 percent in

tion between the provinces of Sud-Kivu and Katanga,

2006 to 15.8 percent in 2007 and is forecasted to reach

and within the Province Orientale should be reesta-

16.3 percent in 2008. Capital expenditure in this sector

blished. This road network will serve the highest popu-

will expand more rapidly than current expenditure, owing

lated areas and connect to a network of about 7,000 km

to the needs for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of

of high-priority roads already funded by various donors.

dilapidated infrastructure. In this context, and conside-

The roads targeted are Kisangani-Buta-Bondo-Bunduki

Place de la Paix, Lubumbashi

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eBizguides DRC (620 km) crossing Orientale Province and connecting to

days it has been largely reduced due to both the war and

Equateur Province; and Uvira-Kasomeno (1,180 km) cros-

lack of investment in maintenance. It is now concen-

sing the Sud Kivu and Katanga provinces.

trated in Katanga, due to the importance of mineral export via neighbouring countries Zambia and South

China is also a major player in the sector, and recently

Africa. The link between Ilebo in West Kasai and

earmarked US$3bn of a US$5bn loan for transport deve-

Lubumbashi, and from there to the port of Durban, is the

lopment during 2007. Within the latter, a road project

main railway line in the country. The port of Matadi is

linking Kisangani in Orientale province with Kasumbalesa

also linked by rail to Kinshasa, but as most of the net-

in Southern Katanga, a major frontier post with Zambia,

work, the service remains slow and unreliable despite the

will be implemented.

World Bank and EU investment for its rehabiliation.

Belgium and the DFID (British development cooperation)

Part of the US5bn transportation rehabilitation Chinese

are also intervening heavily with several projects.

loan will be used to rehabilitate the railway connections,

Rehabilitation of major roads should facilitate trade, pro-

such as the line from Kolweizi in Katanga to Diolo on the

jects include: reparation of 1,900 km of roads in Bas-

border with Angola, linking the province with the

Congo, in the Cataractes and Bas-Fleuve districts; 721 km

Benguela railway running down the Angolan coast,

of roads in Kasai Oriental, to open up the Kabinda/Lubao

which restoration is also expected by 2010.

region, the Ngandajika region and the city of Mbuji-Mayi; 131 km of roads between Mbuji-Mayi and Lusambo; 125

HOUSING

km of roads in Bandundu and 110 km in Bas-Congo, opening up of the districts of Kabinda, Lubao, Ngandanjika,

The massive exodus to the capital city, Kinshasa, that

Tshilenge and Katanda to allow agricultural products to be

started after independence has only been increasing

transported to cities like Mbuji-Mayi and Kabinda; repai-

throughout the years and the successive wars the country

ring of rural roads in Kasai Oriental (Sankuru), Maniema

has experienced. Increasing fourfold the population of

and Haut-Katanga and maintaining roads in Bas-Congo,

Kinshasa, and making it one of the most populated cities

Bandundu (Kwilu) and Kasai Oriental as well as 1,571 km

in Africa, the exodus created an important housing pro-

of roads in Kwilu and Bandundu Province, with a view to

blem that is far from being solved. Shantytowns make

transporting agricultural produce towards the Kasai and

most of the urban area of Kinshasa at the outskirts of the

Kwilu rivers. All those projects not only fuel growth in the

capital. Unable to control the spread of unauthorized and

country but also present major business opportunities on

generally substandard construction or to come up with adequate alternatives, the government tolerated what it

the medium-long term.

could not prevent. Recognizing the vulnerability of earth roads to rainfalls and heavy trucks even if limited in number, an extensive

Nowadays under the responsibility of the National

maintenance program has also been put together,

Housing Office only a tiny fraction of the country's mas-

funded by a newly created Road Maintenance Fund.

sive housing needs is covered. At last estimate, more

Main projects also include a program to develop the

than half of housing units were traditional one-room

currently weak road construction industry and raise it to

adobe, straw, or mud structures, and less than half were

the challenge of rebuilding and maintaining tens of thou-

modern houses of durable or semi-durable material con-

sands of kilometers of roads scattered over DR of Congo.

taining one or more rooms. In this context and given the importance of proper housing also as a collateral for

RAILWAY

small businesses, this sector should present major opportunities during the upcoming years.

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the DRC. It hopes to continue growing alongside it and achieve quality products working with the local people to

GROUP CHANIMETAL

bring recognition to the DRC.

Bernard Andri

CILU (LUKALA CEMENT COMPANY)

Director Av. de la Montagne, Kinshasa

Building du 30 juin, bld du 30 juin,

Tel: +243-81-5135733

B.P. 7598, Kinshasa 1

Fax: +32-2-6609020

Tel: +243-88 45906

Email: Chanimetaldg@ic.cd Website: www.chanic.com

CILU was founded on 5th February 1920 under the name

Date of Creation: 1928

tonnes of cement at that time. In 1971 it was renamed

Chanimetal Group is a subsidiary of Chanic, a Belgian

entered CIZA as a shareholder, after having repurchased

of Cement Company of Congo. It produced 18,000

Cement Company of Zaire (CIZA). In 1992 Group Forrest

company founded in 1928. Chanic grew rapidly, beco-

the cement manufacturer group which held participa-

ming an industrial group active first in Central Africa

tions in CIZA, Cimenkat and Interlacs. The production of

before expanding into West Africa. In addition to its own

cement within CIZA was 80,000 tonnes per annum at

industrial production, the group diversified by distribu-

this time. In 1995 Group Forrest reassumed management

ting well-known brands, which were linked to the indus-

of the cement factory and gradually increased its produc-

trial centre.

tion to reach 450,000 tonnes of cement in 2007. Group

The Chanimetal Group has a large industrial infrastruc-

which took the name of CILU in 1997.

Forrest also became the principal shareholder of CIZA,

ture, ideally situated in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. In Kinshasa alone, Chanimetal’s total infrastruc-

CILU carries on its activities within the framework of the

ture covers an area of some 20 hectares along the Congo

production of cement but also produces other derived

River and in the industrial zone of Limete.

products.

Today, Chanimetal is organized around two divisions. It

CILU has plants in Lukala, in Bas-Congo, 180km south-

shares production infrastructure according to business

west of Kinshasa. Its plants enable the company to pro-

area:

duce mainly Portland cement CEMII 32.5, but also highstrength Portland cement CEMI and CEMII 42.5, quick-

• Shipbuilding: the shipyard and all the services related to

setting cement, and cement with low standard heat of

shipbuilding (mechanics, sheet metal and metal

hydration ASTM II. In parallel with the traditional produc-

workshop); Assorted manufacturing: Chanimetal Group’s

tion of cement, CILU also produces the calcareous

new manufacturing activities include the output of the

powder useful for agriculture and the packing out of

foundry’s workshops and ploughing tools.

glass, Calcilu intended for the manufacture of coatings

• Industrial accounts for prestigious brands such as

and paintings, and crushed and hardcore limestones for

Liebherr, Cat Lift Trucks, Schindler, Motorola and SDMO;

construction. Concurrent to its basic industrial activity,

Chanitec: Chanitec’s activities include the supply, insta-

CILU has developed important farming activities: an

llation and maintenance of parts for special equipment

industrial farm (soya, corn, vegetables) and livestock bre-

such as lifts and air conditioning systems.

eding (chickens, pigs and rabbits); an industrial bakery; a

The oldest industrial group in the country, Chanimetal is

lewheat flour, whose high nutritional value contributes to

proud to be an integral part of the image and history of

the fight against kwashiorkor.

factory producing pastes containing soya, corn and who-

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eBizguides DRC CILU’s cement output is about 42,000 tonnes per

CIMENTERIE NATIONALE (CINAT)

annum. At present, it employs nearly 700 people, divided between the site of production and the administrative

Jean Pierre Okuka Lupanu

centre in Kinshasa.

CEO 5406, 12è, rue Limete Quartier Industriel,

CILU intends to increase its output to 600,000 tonnes

B.P. 12198, Kinshasa 1

during the next years. Taking into account the develop-

Tel: +243-98276007

ment of the market, other investments will enable the

Fax: +243-813013555

company to exceed, in the long term, an output of 1

Email: cinatkimpese@yahoo.fr

million tonnes per annum. This development will result in a significant increase in the number of people employed

Created in 1970, the National Cement factory (CINAT) is

by CILU.

a mixed company owned 92% by the Congolese state, 7% by the Family Holding Foundation and 1% by Peter Wulf. The object of the company is the manufacture and sale of cement and building materials. The company

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employs 468 agents, 87 based in the headquarters in

GENERAL CONSTRUCT

Kinshasa and 381 in the manufacturing plant in Kimpese. This factory includes a huge concession of 588 hectares

Jean Louis Bodarwe

in which there are residential areas, a health centre and

Administrator Manager

sports grounds.

7 rue Industrielle 20, Limete, Kinshasa Tel: +243-81 8800497

To produce cement, CINAT uses clay, limestone and

Email: Christine Bodarwe – generalconstruct@ic.cd

gypsum. The success of the company comes from its

Website: www.generalconstruct.cd

impeccable packing into four folds, because it is easier to transport. It is also the best manufacturer of bricks, for

Date of Creation: 1998

every type of construction. The bricks are especially

Capital: US $1,200,000

useful for construction on wet or marshy ground and

Turnover: US $4,800,000

show a strong resistance for rough-casting, pavement

Employees: 800

and concrete work. General Construct Sprl was created in 1989, establishing CINAT has the advantage of having a highly qualified

its headquarters in Kinshasa. It specializes in the cons-

personnel and is well equipped thanks to its very

truction of buildings, houses, villas, apartments, offices,

powerful machines and an ultramodern laboratory.

stores, warehouses, car parks and swimming pools,

CINAT cement was recognized as the best in Africa being

amongst others. It also offers the services of rehabilita-

awarded the ‘Africa Award’ gold medal in 1988.

tion and finishing of previous constructions.

Currently it is indisputably the first choice of Chinese Its creator and manager, Mr Jean-Louis Bodarwé, has more

manufacturers in the DRC.

than 20 years of rich experience in the field, which allows High-value works and buildings in the DRC have been

him to respond to various demands. General Construct’s

contructed with CINAT cement, such as the Palais du

activities are adapted and evolve depending on the eco-

Peuple of Kinshasa (seat of the transitional Parliament),

nomic situation. In collaboration with more than 100 spe-

the bridge Oekb of Matadie, and the Stade des Martyrs

cialists in different fields, it can advise you, manage and

de la Pentecost (stadium in Kinshasa).

build your projects, from design to realization. Reconstructing is a tough job. Bring in the big rigs!

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eBizguides DRC The company is 100% autonomous and has already

• Construction of the transit centre for the war-wounded

carried out major projects, such as the construction of 6

at the CETA camp in Kinshasa;

buildings, 45 offices, stores, etc.

• Rehabilitation and equipping of the Budget Minister’s office in Kinshasa;

Its main priority is business connections, which are built

• Rehabilitation of 40 villas for the officers and warrant

on respect and mutual confidence. It seeks the creation

officers at Lieutenant-Colonel Kokolo military camp, with

of mutually beneficial partnerships with customers and

146 other villas to be completed.

strategic alliances with subcontractors and suppliers who

“We would be happy to talk together

share the same requirements of quality and production,

about your future projects.”

of which it remains the principal coordinator.

Mike Kasenga “We want you to be completely satisfied, so we will bring all our experience and knowledge for all your pro-

MOBIMETAL SPRL

jects, large or small.” Jean Louis Bodarwe, Administrator Manager

Tom Kiwakana Director

GROUPE MIKE PROMOTION – STEVER CONSTRUCT

256–257, 2è rue Limete Industriel Tel: +243-999007967 Fax: +243-8843475

Mike Kasenga

Email: dgmobimetal@micronet.cd

4625 av. des Forces Armées, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-12-457346

Date of Creation: 1956

Email: mikekasenga@yahoo.fr

Capital: €230,000

The Group Mike Promotion Sprl is a Congolese company

Employees: 150

Turnover: €3,600,000 created in January 1991 in Kinshasa by Mr Mike Kasenga, in partnership with his wife, Mrs Kapinga Mbiye. The

Created in 1956, Mobimetal specializes in metal works.

activities of the Group are currently centred on four bran-

Its main products are industrial hangars, metal frames,

ches: construction and civil engineering, heavy vehicles

warehouses, bridges, barges, pylons, tanks and metal fit-

and machine hire, sale and hire of agricultural machinery

tings. It also produces prefabricated factories for all

(tractors), and general trade.

industries.

Its operational subsidiary companies are GMP Renting car

Mobimetal is set apart from the competition thanks to its

hire, in charge of the hire of vehicles, and Degel for the

highly qualified employees, large investments and the

management of heavy machines. The general direction is

speed and quality of its services. Mobimetal is also a dis-

the body of management and coordination of the

tributor for several famous brands such as SKF, LVD,

group’s activities. It has at its head the General Managing

Olma and Biehler.

Director, who is assisted by the General Manager in charge of the current business management. Mike

To increase its potential, the company is now looking for

Promotion has already completed several major works

partners in Europe such as manufacturers of machine

such as:

tools for its metal work, suppliers of aluminium and alu-

• Rehabilitation of the office of the Vice-President of the

minium-zinc, and second-hand metal suppliers for the

Republic in charge of the Rebuilding and Development

chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

Commission;

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OVERVIEW

Its surface area covers 7,600 sq. km. It is studded with a

The DRC is endowed with a huge tourism potential but

1,200m and 1,700m. It is famous for the Lofoi Falls, and

chain of high plateaus and savannah hills of between

this is presently untapped despite the existence of the

one of the rivers is a tributary of the Lufira. These falls are

Tourism Ministry, the Office National du Tourisme

the highest in Africa and the second-highest in the world

(National Office of Tourism) and Fonds de Promotion du

at 384m with a continuous stream of 347m.

Tourisme (the Promotion Funds for Tourism), which have responsibility to boost the sector through adequate poli-

In this park are animal species such as: Burchell’s zebra

cies and projects.

(Equus burchelli), roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), sable antelope (Hippotragus niger), greater kudu

Among the main tourist attractions of the DRC are

(Tragelaphus strepsiceros), Cape eland (Taurotragus

national parks, museums, botanical and zoological sites

oryx), reedbuck (Redunca redunca), waterbuck (Kobus

and several sites of interest in connection with the history

ellipsiprymnus), hartebeest (Alcelaphus lichtensteini),

of the country and its culture and traditions.

African

buffalo

(Oreotragus

NATIONAL PARKS

(Syncerus

oreotragus),

caffer),

bushbuck

klipspringer (Tragelaphus

scriptus), blue duiker (Cephalophus monticola), lion (Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), African wild

KAHUZI BIEGA PARK

dog (Lycaon pictus), hyena (Crocuta crocuta), jackal (Canis adustus), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), golden

Kahuzi Biega National Park is located in southern Kivu,

monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), baboon (Papio

close to the border with Burundi where a vast area of pri-

anubis) and the galago.

mary tropical forest lies. It is dominated by two extinguished volcanoes, the Kahuzi and the Biega. Between

MAIKO PARK

2,100m and 2,400m altitude, there are 250 mountain gorillas surviving from the last generation. This habitat

Created under Decree 70/312 of 20th November 1970,

has been listed by UNESCO since 1980.

the surface area of Maiko park extends across Orientale and Nord Kivu provinces. It covers a surface area of

The fauna of the park includes: mountain gorilla (Gorilla

10,000km. The park is entirely covered by dense and

gorilla graueri) chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), owl-faced

humid equatorial forest. It has a varied fauna and this

monkey (Cercopithecus hamlyni), colobus monkey

park is noted for its rare species such as mountain gorilla

(Colobus guereza), red colobus (Colobus badius), forest

(Gorilla gorilla graueri), okapi (Okapia johnstoni) and the

elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), African buffalo

Congo peafowl (Afropavo congoensis).

(Syncerus caffer), giant forest hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni), Rockefeller’s sunbird (Nectarinia rockefelleri),

SALONGA PARK

African green broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri), Created by Decree no. 70/318 of 30th November 1970,

and Grauer’s swamp-warbler (Bradypterus graueri).

this park is one of the five sites recognized by UNESCO in

KUNDELUNGU PARK

the DRC, together with Virunga, Garamba and Kahuzi Biega as well as the reserves in Epulu. They lie within the

Kundelungu Park, which is located in Katanga province,

Central Basin of the Congo and stretch across the pro-

was founded in the colonial era and received the status

vinces of Equator, Bandundu and Kasai. With a surface

of a national park through Decree no. 70/317 of 30th

area of 36,000 sq. m, the Salonga Park is the biggest

November 1970 and no. 75/097 of 1st March 1975.

reserve of tropical forest in the world.

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The park has many species found in equatorial forest but

VIRUNGA PARK

is noted as a refuge for the bonobo (Pan Paniscus), which is an endangered species and is endemic to the DRC.

Since its creation under the Decree of 21st April 1925,

The most common species found in this park are: bongo

Integrale (an integral natural reserve) under the name of

(Boocercus euryceros), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei),

Park National Albert (Albert National Park). It covers a

grey duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), African slender-snouted

surface area of 8,000 sq. km. Its boundaries were modi-

this park has been recognized as a Reserve Naturelle

crocodile (Crocodylus cataphractus), red river hog

fied through the Decree of 12th November 1935. This

(Potamochoerus porcus), yellow-backed and black-

park is located in eastern DRC and shares boundaries

fronted duiker (Cephalophus silvicultor and Cephalophus

with the national parks Sanctuaire de Gorilles (Gorillas’

nigrifrons), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius),

Den) (29,000 hectares) in Uganda and Parc National de

forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), pygmy ele-

Volcans (23,000 hectares) in Rwanda.

phant (Loxodonta pumilio), forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) and three species of pangolin (Manis tetra-

It has a large and varied fauna including: elephant

dactyla, M. gigantea, M. tricuspis tricuspis). The birdlife is

(Loxodonta africana), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus

very varied including species such as grey parrot

amphibius), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), many species of

(Psittacus erithacus) and Congo peafowl (Afropavo con-

antelope (e.g. waterbuck and topi), warthog, lion, diffe-

goensis), a rare and endangered species. There are also

rent types of monkeys in the central plain of Rwindi, a

several species of snakes and a wide variety of fish spe-

colony of pelicans in the plain of Rutshuru, mountain

cies.

gorilla (Gorilla beringei) and chimpanzee (Pan tro-

UPEMBA PARK

gorilla in the east (Gorilla graueri), okapi (Okapia johns-

Located in the Katanga province, this park was created

(Tragelaphus

under the Decree of 15th May 1939. Its boundaries were

(Hylochoerus meinertzhageni), together with numerous

modified by Decree Law no. 696041 of 22nd August

species of birds.

glodytes) in the extinguished volcano chains, lowland

toni), and species endemic to the Congo, bongo euryceros)

and

giant

forest

hog

1969. Nowadays it is governed under Decree Law no. 75/241 of 22nd July 1975. It covers a surface area of

GARAMBA PARK

10,000 sq. km. The Garamba National Park, which lies near the borders Kundelungu Park and Upemba Park are the only places in

with Sudan, is well known for the numbers of white rhi-

the DRC where Grant’s zebra (Equus burchelli bohmi) are

noceros that live there (Ceratotherium simum cottoni).

found wild. There are also some notable species of shell-

Three other mammals predominate: elephant, northern

fish

crustacean

giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis congoensis) and hippopo-

(Thermobathynella adami) in the hot springs of the

tamus. This reserve has been recognized by UNESCO

Kaziba (55°C). The Park’s fauna includes: elephant

since 1980.

such

as

the

thermophilic

(Loxodonta africana), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), red lechwe (Onotragus leche), Cape eland (Taurotragus oryx),

Other species in the park include: buffalo (Syncerus

sable antelope (Hippotragus niger), hippopotamus

caffer), hartebeest (Alcelaphus), waterbuck (Kobus ellip-

(Hippopotamus amphibius), southern reedbuck (Redunca

siprymnus), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), baboon (Papio

arundinum),

duiker

anubis), colobus monkey (Colobus), vervet monkey

(Sylvicapra grimmia), warthog (Phacochoerus aethio-

(Cercopithecus aethiops), roan antelope (Hippotragus

oribi

(Ourebia

ourebi),

grey

picus), red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus), waterbuck

equinus), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekeii), reedbuck

(kobus ellipsiprymnus), hartebeest (Alcelaphus lichtens-

(Redunca redunca), yellow-backed duiker (Tragelaphus

teini) as well as numerous birds.

silvicultor), forest hog (Phacochoerus porcus), lion

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Baby Chimpanzees like Wembi are often taken out of their natural habitats for our entertainment. Don't let these creatures be forced away from their safety and their homes

(Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), bongo

Taken as a whole, the reserves cover a surface area of

(Boocerus euryceros), red river hog (Potamochoerus

576 hectares. Their creation dates back to the twentieth

porcus) and giant forest hog (Hylochoerus meinertzha-

century: Kisantu and Eala were established in 1900 and

geni).

Kinshasa in 1936. Kisantu has 3,000 flora species, Kinshasa has 125 species and Eala, with 371 hectares,

BOTANICAL RESERVES

has over 6,000 species and 11,000 herbarium specimens.

Presently the country contains three botanical reserves

NATIONAL MUSEUMS

run by the Institut des Jardins Zoologiques and Botanical du Congo: jardins d’Eala, Kisantu and Kinshasa.

The DRC has a rich culture derived from its multicultural

Although these areas are used for the development of

population and history. Part of its cultural assets are dis-

the Congolese agricultural sector, they are still of consi-

played at the National Museum located on Mount

derable importance for the progress of science.

Ngaliema.

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To date this museum holds 60,000 pieces collected from across the 11 provinces and the capital of the DRC.

• City of Boma, former capital, with the famous baobab tree that bears the writing carved by explorer Henry Stanley; it is also a maritime port

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

• City Matadi erected on large boulders is a maritime port and harbour for fishermen

In every province there are many worthwhile tourist

• Inscriptions made by explorer Diego Cão.

attractions connected to the past history of the province,

• Site of Vivi, the first capital city of the Congo

to the richness of the culture and its folklore. Here is a list

• Inkisi Falls

of the best-known sites and activities and their locations.

• Botanic garden at Kisantu

Bas-Congo:

• Site and barrage of Inga

• Zongo and Nsanga dams on Inkisi River

• Muanda : coastline region, nautical sports

• Caves located at Mbanza Ngungu

• Seaside stations at Nsiamfumu

• Caves of Mbanza Nsanda (Luozi)

• Leisure fishing at Congo River estuary

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Ville de Kinsha sa

• National Park and Lake Upemba

• Mount Ngaliema, remains of ancient caravan route

• Fishing activities on Lake Moero

• Campus of Kinshasa

• National Park of Kundelungu

• Big market of Kinshasa

• Fishing at night on Lake Tanganyika

• Municipality of Kinkole, villages of fishermen P rovince Orie ntale

• Domaine de la N’sele • Lukaya Falls

• Leisure walk along Congo River

• Lake Ma Vallée

• Wagenia fishing activities and Falls

• Black River

• Lokeles piling constructions

• Rapids at Kinsuka

• Tshopo Falls • Hoyo mounts, caves and Venus ladder

• Plateaus of Bateke

• Gangala na Bodio elephant centre Bandundu

• Adorned and coloured huts of Isiro

• Tembo Falls

• National Park of Garamba

• Bayaka famous dancers and Pende folklore masks

• Epulu station for capture of okapi

• Bwele, Kasongo Lunda, Kwango and Ngomba Falls

• Tourist hunting area of Bili Uere

• Mwengwe Mbemba Falls

• Pygmies

• Lake Maindombe • Fatundu Falls

K ivu

• Lukwila canyons

• Massif of Ruwenzori and its permanently ice-covered peak at 5,113m

• Salonga National Park

• Tourist route on Kabasha escarpment at Beni Equateur

• Massif Virunga’s volcano at Goma: Nyragongo and

• Botanical garden of Eala

Nyamulagira (still active)

• Lake Tumba at Bikoro

• Goma and Bukavu: holiday accommodation with

• National park at Salonga (which covers both Bandundu

moderate climate (1,485m)

and Kasai provinces)

• Semliki Plain and tourist site of Ishango • Nautical sports on Lake Kivu

Kas ai Occide ntal

• Fishing on Lake Tanganyika

• Lake Munkamba

• Pygmies

• Lake Fwa, with holiday accommodation

• Ntore dance (Rutshuru)

• Lulua and Mai-Munene Falls

• National Park of Virunga

• Museum of bakuba works of arts at Mushenge, head-

• National Park of Mount Kahuzi Biega with thermal

quarters of the Kuba kingdom

springs • Hunting safaris

Kas ai Orienta l

• Maiko National Park

• Lake Munkamba (western section)

• Research station of Luiro at Uvira

• Katende Kaboka and Ngandajika Caves

• Thermal springs at Katana and Nyangezi

• Lubi, Tshala and Tshibila Caves • Lake Lombe and Ndinga

HOTELS

Katanga

There are some 50 hotels rated by the Office National du

• Several falls: Kiubo, Nzilo, Lofoi (the biggest in Africa)

Tourisme and about 200 non-rated ones. This field of

• Mineral areas of Lububashi

activity needs much improvement. The main hotels

• Mines and pits of Kolwezi

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Grand Hotel Kinshasa (formerly Intercontinental Hotel)

The garden is composed of a forest reserve from the

Hotel Memling (Kinshasa)

entrance of the garden to the arboretum, which repre-

Hotel Invest (Kinshasa)

sents the forest species of the central basin. In the

Hotel Pyramide (Kinshasa)

museum, you will meet Mr Paulin, a 60-year-old croco-

Christma’s Flats (Kinshasa)

dile. The museum explains all the activities of the garden,

Hotel Fontana (Kinshasa)

its animals, various plants, samples of earth etc.

Hotel Invest (Kinshasa) Hotel Métropole (Matadi)

The botanical garden of Eala is very important for the

Hotel Ledya (Matadi)

agricultural development of the country. Its first goal is

Parc Hotel (Lubumbashi)

the conservation of the fauna and flora of the central

Hotel Karavia (Lubumbashi)

basin, and agronomic research of the Congo. For tou-

Hotel Palm Beach (Kisangani)

rists, it is an important attraction for Equateur province,

Hotel Karibu (Goma)

along with Solanga Park (in Monkoto) and Lake Tumba

Hotel Ihusi (Goma)

(in Bikoro).

Hotel Nyiragongo (Goma)

BOTANICAL GARDEN OF KISANTU

Hotel Résidence (Bukavu) Hotel Orchids Safari Club (Bukavu)

Kibungu Kembelo Visitors to the DRC are advised to confirm hotel bookings

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with the hotel before they leave their country of origin.

120km from Kinshasa and 30km from Mbanza Ngungu

MAIN COMPANIES

The Botanical Garden of Kisantu is located 120km south of Kinshasa. The botanical garden was created by father

BOTANICAL GARDEN OF EALA

Justin Gillet (1866–1943). He was a nurse from Belgium who, after having taken care of the population and par-

Ntono Kanga

ticipating in several missions in Congo, decided to start

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cultivating fresh vegetables and fruits in Kisantu. This is

N 00°03’ E 18°19’, 7km from Mbandaka

how the first test garden was created. In 1900 the

(formerly Coquilhatville)

government allotted an annual subsidy to the garden, which moved to Yindu. Father Gillet cultivated many

The Botanical Garden of Eala was created in 1900 by

European vegetables and fruits and also other tropical

Belgian naturalist and botanist Emile Laurent, professor

plants like the banana tree or the mangoustan of

of the Agricultural Institute of the State of Gembloux in

Indonesia.

Belgium. The essential idea of this creation was to make known the vegetable richness of central African and its

Father Gillet also tried out many varieties of manioc,

possibilities for agricultural output.

which were later exported across Africa, and decorative plants such as a variety of grass, Paspalum notatum,

The diversity of its plants pleasingly gathered in families

which is now used in all the gardens of Congo.

in the fields, lawn and meadows gives a particular character to the garden not found anywhere else in the DRC.

In 1909 the first catalogue was produced listing 600

Eala is considered the third-best botanical garden in the

varieties. In 1927 there were nearly 1,775. The garden is

world thanks to its particular geographical situation on

subdivided into several parts: The botanical garden with

the equator and its floral richness. The garden covers

plants from all the areas of Congo and other tropical

more than 371ha with over 3,500 species, including

countries, the kitchen garden, and finally the zoological

more than 130 Congolese palm trees.

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gardens, which were used to select the best species of

225ha. There are wetlands, woods, brooks, meadows,

shrubs and trees for wood.

shady zones, etc. The visit takes more than an hour,

The work of Father Gillet quickly became internationally

exceptional plants, the majority of which originate in the

known. His contribution to botany is considerable and

Congo.

during which you will be dazzled by the diversity of

highly regarded by botanists across the world. He discovered, in particular, hundreds of plants hitherto unk-

GRAND HOTEL KINSHASA

nown, with many now bearing his name. With his death, the work was prolonged by Father Hubert Callens, who

Avenue Batetela, B.P. 9535

created a collection of wood samples and an arboretum

Tel: +243-81-8110003

of almost 200 species, which are useful for the foresta-

Fax: +243-812616009

tion of tropical areas. He built a series of pergolas (still

Website: www.grandhotelkinshasa.com

visible today) allowing the culture of shade plants, created a collection of palm trees (92 varieties) and added

Date of Creation: 1968

nearly 4,000 new species to the collections of Gillet. Originally named the Intercontinental from 1971 to Later, as well as the gardens, a school for professionals in

2000, the Grand Hotel of Kinshasa (GHK) is a five-star

horticulture and a chemical research laboratory were cre-

hotel and the largest hotel of the country. With 422

ated. It is in Kisantu that researchers of the Swiss com-

rooms and suites, the GHK also offers conference rooms

pany of pharmaceutical products CIBA discovered the

and banqueting facilities. The principal building has 20

high quality of Congolese rauvolfia and its high content

floors and is located on the Avenue de Batetela, in the

in a specific alkaloid used against hypertension. Today

north-west of the commune of Gombe.

the garden still has an exceptional botanical richness over

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All rooms and suites have air conditioning, mini-bar, tele-

High-quality business and conference facilities are avai-

phone and a satellite television. To complete this pac-

lable. The five fully equipped meeting rooms, hosting up

kage, the hotel offers you 24-hour room service, a

to 280 people, are ideal for successful meetings and

laundry and steam pressing.

events. The hotel provides a business centre with a full

For business guests the hotel offers in-house secretaries,

airline ticketing and car rental.

range of office support, including Internet access, email,

translation, telefax services etc. The conference rooms and reception offer seven flexible spaces, which makes it possible to accommodate up to 1,000 people.

In the colourful atmosphere of the Papageno Restaurant, each meal becomes a celebration with fresh market products, local and international drinks and imported wines.

For your free time, the pub is open from 1100 to 1500

The cuisine harmoniously combines creativity, the mood

and from 1800 to 0200. Inside the hotel you can find

of the season and local recipes.

four types of restaurant (Brewery, grill, speciality and fine dining). The swimming pool and the sports centre (tennis

In the hotel, you will also find L’Entr’act bar, a fashio-

courts, squash courts, sauna, weights room, massage)

nable place where refreshing cocktails and a large and

will also help you to relax.

exclusive range of spirits are served, and the Mangoustan Coffee Shop, which offers French style brasserie cuisine

You will find everything you need in the Grand Hotel,

and atmosphere.

even a shopping mall, a casino and a night club named Atmosphere, the meeting spot for the jet set of Kinshasa.

Other facilities include: swimming pool, fitness centre, disabled-adapted and non-smoking rooms, 24-hour

Above all, the hotel offers a first-class service with 100%

room service, same day laundry service, free hotel par-

Congolese employees.

king, hairdresser, gift shop, flower shop, various bouti-

HOTEL MEMLING

upon request (US $50 one way).

ques, pharmacy, airport shuttle and protocol available

Mr Honoré Bouissou

Other activities like golf, tennis and water sports are only

General Manager

five minutes by car, not counting the various activities

5 av. du Tchad, B.P. 68, Kinshasa

that can be arranged hassle-free at the hotel lobby. Hotel

Tel: +243-81-7001111

Memling is here for all your business or leisure needs.

Fax: +243-81-3013333

Website: www.memling.net/indexb.html

INSTITUT CONGOLAIS POUR LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE (ICCN)

Activity: Hotel and catering services

Madame Eulalie Bashige Baliruhya

Email: info@memling.net

CEO The Memling Hotel, a five-star hotel, is ideally situated in

13 av. des Cliniques, Commune de la Gombe,

the heart of the business district of Kinshasa and only a

B.P. 868, Kinshasa 1

few minutes from its 18-hole golf course. Its 160 deluxe

Tel: +243-88-06065 / 98-277838 / 98-130296

rooms and 20 executive suites with individually contro-

Email: pdg.iccn@ic.cd

lled air-conditioning and electronic key systems, direct

Website: www.iccnrdc.cd

telephone, 13 satellite channels, mini-bar and electronic safe will ensure you have a comfortable stay.

Date of Creation: 1925

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The Institut Congolais pour la préservation de la nature

Bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees (Pan paniscus), are the

(ICCN) has its origins in 1925 with the creation of the

last of the great apes to have been discovered, but they

Albert Park, the national park of the Virungas, the first

could well be the first to disappear. A species unique to

national park created in Africa, with the aim of protec-

the DRC, bonobos face the threat of extinction due to

ting the mountain gorillas. This Institution has changed

war, hunting and deforestation.

its name several times: IPNB in 1934, it became Institut des Parcs Nationaux (IPNC) in 1967 and Institut National

Lola ya Bonobo means ‘paradise for bonobos’ in Lingala,

de la Conservation de la Nature (INCN) in 1972. Since

the main language of Kinshasa. In 2007 Lola ya Bonobo

then, its name has varied according to the country name.

was home to 52 bonobos, who live in 30 hectares of pri-

In 1975 it was the Institut Zairois pour la Conservation de

mary forest.

la Nature (IZCN), when the country became the Republic of Zaire. But when Zaire became again the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997, the institute changed its

The bonobo sanctuary has three interrelated objectives:

name again to Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de

• To ensure the physical and psychological rehabilitation

la Nature.

of orphaned bonobos confiscated by the Environment

The ICCN is a public company created in 1975 with the

entrusted to the ABC;

Ministry in accordance with the CITES treaty and

objectives to manage and preserve the protected areas,

• To contribute to the protection of bonobos in their

to support and promote scientific research in ecology, to

natural environment through educational programmes

develop ecotourism that respects the fundamental princi-

organized for school groups at the sanctuary and

ples of nature conservation, and to integrate conserva-

through advocacy work; and

tion into the process of local development of the popula-

• To contribute to a better understanding of the species

tion. ICCN is a multidisciplinary institution. With a total

by providing juvenile and adult bonobos with a site con-

staff of almost 2,000 people, ICCN covers various disci-

ducive to their social organization, minimizing human

plines including: 6 veterinarians, 10 biologists, 2 geogra-

influence, and by facilitating ethological research con-

phers, 18 zoologists, 7 economists, 4 commercial and

ducted at the sanctuary.

financial scientists, 3 agronomists, 2 political and administrative scientists, 3 social and management scientists,

RÉSIDENCE HOTELIÈRE SOFIA

1 lawyer, 4 physical education and rural development 1060 Avenue Mpolo, C/Gombe

workers, and 4 historians.

Tel: +243-81-3132329 / 99-990659

LOLA YA BONOBO In the heart of the downtown area of the Congolese Crispin Mahamba

capital, the Residence Hotelière Sofia offers a quality

Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, Mont Ngafula, Kinshasa

higher than any other in Kinshasa. Six luxury apartments

Tel: +243-81-5032315

are at your disposal for a pleasant stay in ‘Kin the beau-

Email: friendsofbonobos@yahoo.com

tiful’.

Website: www.lolayabonobo.org The rooms are well equipped with audio-visual equipFounded by Claudine Andre in 1994, Lola ya Bonobo is a

ment, wireless Internet and personal kitchen area for an

sanctuary run by the NGO Les Amis des Bonobos du

at-home feeling and relaxing stay. At your disposal you

Congo (ABC). Since 2002 the sanctuary has been located

will also find an ultramodern and comfortable lift for

at Les Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, just outside of

quick and easy access to your room.

Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Each apartment has its own living room, comfortably fur-

neighbouring Mount Hoyo area was managed with the

nished, giving you a small home away from home. The

park and is home to a population of Bambuti Pygmy

international standard rooms have queen-size or king-

people, caves and waterfalls, but since the civil wars the

size beds, Jacuzzi baths and showers with several shower

park has suffered somewhat. Land invasions and intense

heads.

poaching have challenged the park authorities to the limit, but most rangers have remained active. Since 1994

Residence Hoteliere Sofia can be used for business as

about 120 rangers have been killed in the line of duty

well, thanks to its conference offices and business mee-

protecting the park from illegal poaching and land acqui-

ting

sition.

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

The park was placed on the List of World Heritage in

Parc National des Virungas, Station de la Rwindi, Rwindi,

of 1.5–2 million refugees into Kivu province. This led to

Danger in 1994 after civil war in Rwanda and the influx

Goma, Kivu

massive uncontrollable poaching and deforestation: 9,000 hippopotamuses were killed; fuel wood cut for

The Virunga National Park (formerly Albert National Park)

refugee camps was estimated at 600 metric tonnes/day,

covers an area from the Virunga Mountains to the

depleting and erasing the lowland forests. Most of the

Rwenzori Mountains in the eastern Democratic Republic

staff were unpaid and lacked means to patrol the 650km-

of Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

long boundary and the north and centre of the park were

and Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda.

successively abandoned; many guards were killed.

Covering 7,800km2 it was established in 1925 as Africa’s

Protective patrols also turned to poaching. The fishing

first national park. It was classified as a World Heritage

village near Lake Rutanzige grew to threaten the integrity

Site in 1979. In later years it has become known for its

of the park. Most of the gorillas living higher up the

mountain gorillas, although poaching and the Congo

mountains have survived but tourism ceased. The park

Civil War have seriously damaged its wildlife population.

has become a threatened island in a sea of subsistence

The park is managed by the Congolese National Park

cultivation.

Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN).

In 1996 the World Heritage Committee recognized that major effort would be needed for at least 10 years after

The national park covers the western shores of Lake

this tragedy to rehabilitate and restore management of

Edward, known for its hippopotamuses (depleted by

the park and regain local support for its conservation.

more than 95% in 2006), while elsewhere marshland,

The UNHCR and other agencies in charge of refugee

grassland plateau and plains dominate the park. The

camps sited within and on the edges of Virunga were

Ruwenzori Mountains lie on the Ugandan border and rise

contacted and the government informed of the

to alpine meadows and a glacier, while Nyiragongo and

Committee’s wish to help the IUCN and world institu-

Nyamuragira are both active volcanoes with substantial

tions by providing training and technical assistance to

associated lava plains.

deal with the threats to the park.

Although mountain gorillas are now extremely rare, successful conservation work has secured the remaining populations. In fact, they increased during the years of political upheaval in the region (1994–2004). It is believed that both savanna and forest elephants and chimpanzees can still be found in Virunga, along with okapi, giraffes, buffaloes and many endemic birds. The

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TRANSPORT

The transport sector is engaged in the ongoing changes, particularly within state-owned companies such as

Transportation plays an important role in the develop-

Onatra, RVA, RVM, SNCC, RVF, LAC etc., in order to

ment process. In the DRC this sector is one of the bottle-

bolster the privatization process in the framework of

necks to development because of insufficiency of trans-

partnership between the private and public sectors

port means and roads in bad repair.

Considering both the large land area and geographic fea-

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

tures of the DRC, it is impossible to foresee economic development without due consideration of the need for

The telecommunications sector has been formally orga-

building and maintaining a diversified, reliable and effec-

nized by Decree Law no. 254 of 23rd August 1940. This

tive transport network, like there was in the colonial era.

was added to by Decree Law no. 68/475 of 13th December 1968, which created the Office Congolais des

Nowadays, the DRC transport system relies on a navi-

Postes et Telecommunications (OCPT) specializing in fixed

gable river network of 15,000km consisting of the River

and mobile telephones and airmail.

Congo, its tributary rivers and lakes. The poor quality of services offered by OCPT, technoloNon-navigable portions are linked by railroads. This entire

gical progress, along with the rise in demand are the

transport pattern constitutes a multimodal transport net-

underlying factors behind the reformation of this sector,

work, which combines waterways, railways, roads, air

which was opened to private investment in the early

routes and sea routes.

1990s with the setting up of Telecel, which operated under the GSM system (Mobile System for Global com-

The transport network comprises 5,064km of railways (Matadi/Kinshasa

366km,

Kalemie/Kamina

892km;

Kisangani/Ubundu

125km;

Ilebo/Sakania

munication), conducting business in a monopoly.

1,833km,

Tenke/Dilolo

522km;

The sector boomed in 2002 with the setting up of com-

Kindu/Kabalo

305km;

panies such as Oasis (now Tigo Sprl), Celtel, Vodacom,

Bumba/Munggbere 868km; Komba/Bondo 121km;

CCT and CKT (now Standard Telephone) and many other

Andama/Titule 32km and Ubundu/Kongolo 305km), and

small businesses.

145,000km of seasonal and permanent roads. The railways are part of the national railway. The national trans-

Nowadays, all networks are interconnected and the

port infrastructure extends across the national territory

country is linked to the rest of the world.

from Banana town to Sakania town with some sea, rail and river linkages.

The market potential, which was assessed at 500,000 subscribers a dozen years ago, has now overstepped this

The infrastructure includes:

threshold at 2,500,000 subscribers today. This means a

• 5 international airports;

growth rate of 4% and the sector offers good prospects

• 265 aerodromes;

to investors in cellular telephones and fixed telephones.

• several landing fields;

With reference to 11% being the standard acceptable

• 40 river and lake ports;

penetration rate for telephone subscribers, the telecom-

• 3 sea ports (at Matadi, Boma and Banana).

munications coverage area in the DRC can be assessed at more than 4,000,000 inhabitants.

This sector is among those with almost unlimited investment potential at the level of basic infrastructure (roads, ports, airports, railroads) as well as at that of transport stock (vehicles, trains, airplanes, vessels).

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The legal framework of the telecommunications sector is

• Discharge the annual costs incurred for the utilization

governed under the Law no. 013/2002 of 16th October

and management of the frequency.

2002, which provides for the conditions of access for any investors:

• Set up a company as an SPRL (private limited liability company) of which at least 30% of the share capital

MAIN COMPANIES AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL TRADERS “AFRITRANS, SPRL”

should be held by Congolese nationals. • Request a public service concession licence from the

Nazim Rawji

public authority for a payment of non-refundable fees.

Administrator Director

The licence includes conditions and obligations relative to

1169, Avenue des Poids Lourds,

the coverage, the capacity of the network, the quality of

BP 2957, Kinshasa 1

the service and conditions and fees due based on the

Tel: +243-81-7005200 / 99-9915240

licence and interconnection.

Email: nazim.rawji@afritrans.cd

• Secure a licence of exploitation and a book of memo-

Website: www.pageweb.cd/afritrans

randum prepared by the regulation authority, approved and signed by the Minister of Post and Telecommunications

Activity: Transport

(PTT) and published within the gazette.

Date of Creation: 1994

• Pay annual costs for the management of the plan for

Employees: 214

registration and the control over the utilization thereof, and an annual contribution to the special funds of uni-

In 1993, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, then

versal service and research.

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eBizguides DRC crisis resulting from two successive lootings that des-

Afritrans is focused on customer appreciation and provides

troyed the country’s economy.

practical experience, highly qualified personnel, and new, quality materials to its clients and will continue to develop

The most affected companies, economically speaking,

goods and services so as to follow this developing market

were the private companies within the transport sector as

and always offer the best services possible to clients.

well as the National Office of Transport (ONATRA), the main railway transport company. opportunities

for

commodities

Consequently, the transport

on

the

The company’s difference and quality are marked by a reliable delivery of services within a challenging environ-

Matadi/Kinshasa Road became neglected.

ment.

In light of these events and difficult times, Plc Afritrans

Afritrans - Taking the road together.

entrepreneurs decided to involve themselves, as much as possible, in the improvement of transport on this rudi-

AGETRAF SDV

mentarily important axis in order to participate in boosting the country’s economy.

Yves Debiesme

The company hosts a massive fleet of 64 Iveco and Tatra

4200 Av. Général Bobozo Adruma

Administrator Director

tractors, and 105 Randon and Fruehauf trailer trucks as

Kinshasa, Gombe

well as several storehouse machines. The trucks transport

Tel: +243-81-5110114 / 8951449 / 898946770

containers, vehicles and sawn wood.

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eBizguides DRC

Activity: Seafreight Forwarder (import – export),

With its international network and dynamic manage-

Airfreight Forwarder (import – export), Customs

ment,

Clearance, Shipping Line Agent (Delmas CMA CGM,

Congo and all over the world. The staff of 450 people is

Grimaldi Lines, OTAL), Brussels Airlines: Cargo General

determined to protect its prestigious reputation and con-

Sales & Services Agent, Documentation Facilities, Express

tribute effectively to the success of your projects.

SDV Agetraf offers integrated logistics in DR

Mail: Universal Express(UX), Saga Express Mail & Skynet, Handling (forklifts, cranes, super stackers), Warehousing,

CAA (COMPAGNIE AFRICAINE D’AVIATION)

Trucking, Oil logistics, International and national packers and movers, Consolidation Service, Lloyd's agent.

Tadeusz Lutak Director Manager

Founded in 1953 by John Buytaert as Transintra, Agetraf

1 route des Poids Lourds, Kingabwa area, Limete

(Agence de Transit en Afrique) has been integrated in the

Tel: +243-99-9905383

Bolloré – SDV Group since 1990. In the past decade, the

Email: tadek.lutak@caacongo.com

different subsidiary activities in Democratic Republic of

Website: www.caacongo.com

Congo (D.R. Congo) were all merged under the same name and the 1999 buy-out of the AMI network allowed

Activity: Aerial transportation

Agetraf to regroup all its activities at a single site, where

Date of Creation: 1993

it currently have its Kinshasa offices.

Employees: 440

Despite the trials and tribulations that D.R. Congo has

Because of its large territory and lack of land-based com-

suffered in recent years, SDV Agetraf has maintained its

munication infrastructure, the DRC has always developed

operations in the area and remains the benchmark in

its air transportation system. In 1993 the Gap-Aviation

logistics and transportation. Its network now covers more

Company became the Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation

than 88 countries worldwide, operating on 5 continents.

(CAA), a private air operator whose goal is to make the

Due to its worldwide implementation, through the SDV -

DRC proud of its services.

TRANSAMI alliance, it has a sound financial base and very efficient collaborators.

Since its inception, CAA has mainly focused on the development of two objectives:

Being the main shipping line agent in DR Congo (Delmas,

• Being a key player within the private sector, acting for

Grimaldi Lines, OTAL, Setramar, COSCO), it can swiftly

the common interest;

and efficiently perform all agent, cargo handling, and

• Globally exploiting regular and irregular aerial transpor-

documentation services for chartering. Thanks to an

tation.

excellent relationship with airline companies and a worldwide airfreight network, it can guarantee a complete ser-

The fleet is composed of five airplanes, two MD 80 and

vice, including: handling, transportation formalities, cus-

BAC 1-11 to transport people, as well as a Boeing 727

toms clearance and delivery at final destination.

super and a Lliouchine 18 to transport goods.

As the main official freight forwarding and customs clea-

Due to good market performance and quality services,

rance company in DR Congo, it provides customers with

the company has the trust of several United Nations

an extensive infrastructure (office buildings, warehouses,

agencies, such as the World Health Organization, United

container yards and handling equipment). It operates

Nations Development Program and World Food Program.

throughout the country, thereby offering infinite solutions for freight logistics and bonded warehousing requi-

Punctuality, security of passengers and their goods, and

rements.

economically friendly prices are the reasons for customers to always choose CAA. This is why, anytime, anywhere,

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all over the country and the African continent, CAA is

(national or international), text message to email forwar-

able to transfer you or your cargo safely.

ding, worldwide coverage thanks to Celtel’s partners.

“We will be happy to work with you and to welcome

The main concern of Celtel is to be useful to its custo-

you on board!”

mers by using all the modern possibilities that telecom-

Tadeusz Lutak, Director Manager

munications and related fields offer. It has a strong experience in telephony, in signal and data transmission and

CELTEL DRC

in telecommunication by satellite.

Albert Kabeya

The company aim is to completely cover all the DRC and

Head of Business Solutions

to offer quality services to its clients to remain the leader

1 croisement av. Tchad et Bas-Congo, Kinshasa

on the Congolese market.

Tel: +243-99-9964159 Email: kabeya.a@cd.celtel.com

Mobile telephony radically changed the way of living and

Website: www.cd.celtel.com/fr/

working of many people. Celtel allows you to ensure

The first public Celtel call in the DRC was made on 4th

vely and more easily. It helps families and communities to

December 2000. Celtel is a subsidiary of Celtel

remain in contact.

your contacts and to manage your business more effecti-

International, established in 14 countries in Africa. Celtel offers several services such as the management of com-

Celtel is proud to bring mobile communication to various

munications via prepaid cards, text or voice messaging

social backgrounds in the DRC.

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Celtel’s objective – now and always – is to offer the ser-

In the next couple of years, the company’s aim is to

vices which meet its clients requirements in communica-

increase the capacity of its bonded warehouse in

tion. Concerned for the development of the communities

Kinshasa, so as to manage some 100 containers and to

in which it operates, Celtel is engaged in several social

develop the warehousing management system (WMS).

programmes such as Build Our Nation. This programme

Thanks to new technologies, it will upgrade its tracking

consists of providing teaching tools to schools in difficulty

software in order to give the possibility to clients of trac-

all over the country.

king their merchandise (location/documentation/clearance) online via the internet.

COMEXAS AFRIQUE The company thinks that the DRC is a complex and diffiJean-Michel Philippot

cult country but with a great and full potential for inves-

Managing Director

tors. The main qualities necessary to develop any activity

av. Colonel Ebeya 15–17

in the Congo are patience and rigour. It is necessary to be

Tel: +243-89 8996800

in contact with the right people you can trust, to have

Fax: +32-2-7065779

the means to deliver your policy and never forget to con-

Email: kinshasa@comexas.cd

sult qualified advisors and experts (tax specialists, law-

Website: www.comexas.cd

yers, forwarders).

“To help you to develop your business, our motto is:

Activity: Transport

‘Simply quality at your service’.”

Date of Creation: 1953

Jean-Michel Philippot, Managing Director

Capital: CDF 34,974,410,95 Turnover: CDF 282,804,943,4 (2006) Employees: 125

CYBERNET SPRL

Comexas has been active in Congo since 1953. Despite

Bill Kalamba

the problems and difficulties that the country has been

General Manager

faced with, Comexas has been able to maintain and even

RCM21 Nouvelles Galeries Présidentielles,

develop its activities in the DRC. It began with offices in

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa and in Bas-Congo (Matadi, Boma and Moanda)

Tel: +243-81-7005112 / 99-9918734

and from 2006 had offices in Katanga (Lubumbashi,

Email: Jean Louis Wisomi – info@cybernet.cd

Kolwezi and Kasumbalesa) as well.

Website: www.cybernet.cd

It offers services in shipping (Bridge Lines-NDS, Asiatic

Activity: Internet service provider, sales of IT products,

Shipping, Nordana Lines), chartered vessels, and tankers

data connectivity

and reefer vessels. It is also a well-known import/export

Date of Creation: 2000

company, offering airfreight and seafreight, and offers

Capital: US $1,000,000

forwarding and customs clearance from all of its various

Turnover: US $4,000,000

offices across the country. Finally, it offers services in

Employees: 35

mining logistics. Cybernet is a Congolese private company with limited Its main projects are in logistics and forwarding for inter-

responsibility (Sprl), existing since 2000, its main business

national organizations (e.g. Monuc, UN, MSF, WFP ) and

purpose being the sale of computer equipment (IT pro-

famous trading groups (e.g. Unilever, Castel, Hexagon,

ducts) and telecommunication services.

Danzer-Interholco, Olam, Katanga Mining).

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eBizguides DRC Made up of computer engineers, specialists, mathemati-

nized the Democratic Republic of Congo election, the

cians and technicians, Cybernet offers innovative solu-

Central Bank of Congo’s in-country network and British

tions for high-speed broadband connectivity using HNS

American Tobacco’s in-country network.

(Hughes Network Systems) DirecWay equipment. In terms of data connectivity, it has built its own satellite

It has built up a company to provide the DRC with the

network to allow in-country data transactions.

opportunity to access all the latest technology in informa-

Cybernet provides all kinds of IT services: high-speed bro-

one of the keys for the development of African nations.

adband, networking, interconnectivity, web develop-

Cybernet’s vision is to be the leading communication

ment, web hosting, software development, multimedia

solutions provider in the DRC.

tion and telecommunications. It sees this technology as

development and training.

GENERALCO Cybernet has already worked for many years on big projects in public and private national or multinational com-

Ferdinand Kabongo Ntumba

panies, helping them to implement large-scale systems

Managing director

and information networks, both locally and regionally. It

4480 av. du Militant, Kinshasa. Ndolo

offers business solutions for inter-company network solu-

Tel: +243-81-8111912

tions, dedicated solutions and broadband solutions. Its

Email: kaffer@generalco.cd

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Originally based in Lubumbashi (Katanga), Generalco was

tallations, their activation and provides customers with

created in 1992 by a team of entrepreneurs with the aim

remote assistance. Brussels is the operational and logis-

of conducting general trade. In 1995 Generalco started

tics platform.

its activities as a customs broker and expert in customs clearing and documentation, in order to ensure a high-

GBS has a long-standing experience and practical know-

quality service in the DRC.

how of the realities of Africa and an in-depth knowledge of networks, networked applications and telecommuni-

With a public warehouse recorded through the office of

cation services. The other strong point is its ample expe-

Customs and Excises, Generalco takes care of the move-

rience in the information technology sector, computer

ment of goods. Its best asset to date is the fact that, with

supplies and in IT maintenance service provided by highly

its 10 years of activity, the company has acquired the abi-

qualified technicians. Its team of engineers are perma-

lity to make customs declarations. In addition to its role

nently in the field to find out the latest and most efficient

as customs broker, Generalco also acts as a private agent

technologies in order to satisfy in the best and cheapest

for several clients who continue to support the company.

way the needs of its clients. Its thorough knowledge of the realities of Africa allows it to achieve this difficult aim.

The successful experience of the counters at the seaport of Matadi and the international airport of Ndjili will set an

Personal contact with clients, follow-up, quality control

example for the realization of its third customs counter in

and after-sales services form the basis of the client policy.

the country in the company’s own Kinshasa-based pri-

The main target is 100% client satisfaction and the fee-

vate offices.

ling that GBS has built, with its clients, something which they can be proud of.

It offers fast, effective and reliable services as it can transfer your goods to other destinations within short

With offices in Europe, United States, Middle East and in

time spans and in full safety, and can manage the receipt

different countries in Africa, its infrastructure allows GBS

of your goods and their storage in vast warehouses. For

to be quick to react and therefore to show the serious-

all these reasons, choose Generalco for safety in busi-

ness and professionalism which underlie the company’s

ness. For more than 10 years all the members of the great

decisions.

Generalco family have been devoted to customer satis-

ONATRA (OFFICE NATIONAL DES TRANSPORTS)

faction.

GLOBAL BROADBAND SOLUTION Daniel Bikindu Daniel Vanderstraete

CEO

Administrator

177 bld du 30 juin,

av. des sciences, Kinshasa/Gombe

B.P. 98 Kinshasa 1

Tel: +243-81-0106095

Tel: +243-98-205291

Email: dvds@gb-solution.com

Fax: +243-1398632

Website: www.gb-solution.com

Email: onatrakin@msn.com

Global Broadband Solution (GBS) is part of a group of

Date of Creation: 1935

entities specializing in IT in Africa, North America and Europe. It operates mainly in sub-Saharan Africa from

The Office National des Transports (Onatra/National

bases in Brussels and Kinshasa. In Kinshasa it has a per-

Transport Agency) is a publicly owned company, based in

manent team of highly qualified and experienced engi-

Kinshasa, which operates railways, ports and river transport

neers and technicians. This team executes the VSAT ins-

in the north and west of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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eBizguides DRC The Office des transports coloniaux (Colonial transport

The network includes the Matadi–Kinshasa Railway,

agency/Otraco) was established in 1935 as a public body

under an agreement with the SNCC, the Congo Railroad

and renamed the Office des transports au Congo

Company. Onatra also own lakes and rivers including the

(Otraco) in 1960, finally becoming the Office National

one from Boma to Banana (Kalamu ferry). The Congo

des Transports (Onatra) in 1971. In 1973 Onatra carried

River, the Kasai River and their subsidiaries are also the

its largest number of passengers ever, a total of 410,871.

property of Onatra.

The government decided to end Onatra’s monopoly of river transport in 1977, and to allow any individual or

The mission of Onatra is to manage most of the ports of

company to own and operate river boats. Decline in the

the DRC, such as the ocean port of Matadi, which is the

state of its assets, together with competition, led to a

most important of the country, and the one at Boma. The

sharp decline, so that by 1982 it only carried 121,779

company also has ports all along the Congo River, with

passengers.

the river ports of Kinshasa, Mbandaka and Kisangani. ONATRA stands tall at the Port of Kinshasa


T R A N S P O R T & C O M M U N I C AT I O N S

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As a backbone of the Congolese economy, Onatra is for

SNCC), is a public company of the DRC. It is based in

the government an effective tool for the development of

Lubumbashi in Katanga and is essentially working in the

the country. It is in this context that the company always

east and south of the country. It is active in the develop-

has for its principal objective to increase production on

ment of railroads, but also in river and road transport and

the basis of the actions of exploitation and investment. In

use of the ports.

the near future, the company wants to rehabilitate its production equipment and to set up a marketing policy

Created in 1906, the social object of the Compagnie des

aimed at maximizing profits and client satisfaction

chemins de fer du Bas-Congo au Katanga (BCK) and

through a quality service.

Kinshasa-Dilolo-Lubumbashi (KDL) provided transport by railroad for the mines of the Union Minière du Haut-

SNCC

Katanga to the port of Lobito in Angola.

Nkuluy Kilumba

Until 1990 the money produced by the operation was

CEO

sufficient to support all the loads. With the loss of the

115 Place de la Gare,

mining products, which represented 70% of its sales tur-

B.P. 297, Lubumbashi

nover, the SNCC cannot continue this, hence the idea of

Tel: +243-2342251

adding related activities under an autonomoud manage-

Email: sncc01@ic-lubum.cd

ment. In November 1995 SNCC/Holding and its subsi-

Website: www.ic-lubum.cd/sncc

diary companies were dissolved and a master agreement

The Société nationale des chemins de fer du Congo

private company called Sizarail. In 1997 this company

(SNCC), the national railroad company of the Congo (or

was dissolved and the SNCC resumed all activities.

was signed yielding the exploitation of the railroads to a

National Post Office in Lubumbashi

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eBizguides DRC Today the SNCC is placed under the supervision of the

today represents only one quarter of its former capacity.

Ministry for Transport and Communications and the

Thus, while making efforts to self-finance, the SNCC

Ministry for Portfolio for different activities.

seeks, with the assistance of the government, the financial resources necessary for the renewal and moderniza-

The SNCC’s goals include the study, construction and

tion of its production equipment, in accordance with its

exploitation of the railroads, as well as the exploitation of

programmes of development.

the transport services roads and waterways. The company also has the role of managing the ports. The SNCC

TIGO

network is made up mainly of the rail network connecting the administrative province of Katanga to both Kasaï

Tumba Bob Matamba

and Maniema via 3,641km of railway (including 858km

Chairman

electrified) including the Ubundu–Kisangani section. The

372 av. Colonel Mondjiba,

other principal network is at Lake Tanganika, represen-

Commune de Ngaliema,

ting 1,425km which connects the DRC to Zambia, Tanzania and Burundi. SNCC uses two principal ports

Kinshasa Tel: +243-89-8901000

with Kalemie on Lake Tanganika and Ilebo on the Kasaï

Fax: +243-89-8901001

River.

Website: www.tigo.cd

The principal problems of the company are rooted in the

The new cellular telecommunication company Tigo was

lack of investment necessary to maintain and develop the

inaugurated on 18th January 2007 to replace the former

production equipment. The production of the company

company Oasis. This operator of mobile telephony revo-


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eBizguides DRC

lutionized its field in the Democratic Republic of Congo

initiative. Tigo is the youngest of all the telephone opera-

by removing the per minute tariff and introducing a per

tors in the DRC and is on the way to becoming the leader

second tariff. The dynamism of Tigo is such that, since its

of the market. The reason: it remains in pole position by

establishment in the DRC, this company has been among

remaining closer to its customers.

the best operators in cellular telephony.

TRANS-AIR-CARGO-SERVICE In terms of employment, 230 Congolese were engaged at the end of 2006. This figure should reach 366 at the

Max Lemaire

end of 2007 and 650 by 2010. Taking indirect employ-

General Director

ment into account, the investments carried out by the

14ĂŠme rue Limete Kinshasa

Millicom International Group, of which Tigo forms part, have a significant impact from an economic and social point of view.

Tel: +243-818116066 Fax: +243-227062391 Email: lemairemax@hotmail.com Website: www.transair-cargo.com

Tigo has more than 300 action sites in the DRC comprising thousands of selling and distribution points of Tigo

Located in the heart of Kinshasa, Trans-Air-Cargo-

Sim. In the few months since its creation Tigo was proud

Service, (TACS) deals in airway transportation for people

to have more than 250,000 connected subscribers, which

as well as goods.

is an unequalled record. The company’s main strength is continuing education, level-headedness and human


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eBizguides DRC With a well-equipped team of diversified aircraft and the

Trans-Air-Cargo-Services is a company with a fast develo-

ambition to stay effective at the heart of Congolese

ping future, in which one can have full trust for all shipping and travelling needs.

Airspace, TACS adheres in full to all aeronautic norms and regulations.

The trust of all the major companies of the country is the best proof of the guarantee, and of the professionalism

Led by a team of experienced professionals, TACS is ple-

of TACS. Always focusing on service, TACS offers a

ased to offer to its clients simple and practical logistics

totally different venture spirit, based on service, following

services, taking in charge the integral follow through of

the client, and being as available as possible for all of

all its clients’ freight, from starting place, to final destina-

them.

tion. For the young and dynamic directing team composed pf In its quest to effectively answer the demands of a cease-

Mr Max Lemaire, Jonathan Lemaire and Aziz Ndoye, DRC

lessly growing Congolese market, TACS has undertaken

is a country with a future, but probably not in every sec-

to diversify and expand in its routes, so as to make all of

tors. The problem in the country is the lack of creativity,

the country’s destinations attainable by air. The assu-

people just copy what is successful, so the future of the

rance offered by TACS’ advanced logistics organization is

country is in innovation, that’s why TACS always tries to

a result of the alliance between its reliability and punc-

innovate, to stay on top.

tuality.



A D D R E S S

B O O K

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MAIN MINISTRIES OF THE GOVERNMENT

Email: cabfinances@yahoo.fr / minfinrdc@micronet.cd Website: www.minfinrdc.cd

The main ministries of central government and

Ministry of Fore ign Affairs and International Cooperation

Parliament are given below

bld. Palais de la Nation Kinshasa, Gombe

Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Fa rming bld. du 30 juin,

Ministry of Home Affa irs (Dome stic M atters, Te rritory

Kinshasa, Gombe

Se curity a nd Decentra liza tion) bld. Tshatshi

Ministry of Budget

Kinshasa, Gombe

Immeuble Alhadef, bld. du 30 Juin Ministry of Hydrocarbons

Kinshasa, Gombe

Immeuble Cohydro, Avenue des 3 Z Ministry of Civil Service and Utilities

Kinshasa, Gombe

Building Administratif, bld. du Palais de la Nation Tel: +243-99-8166936 / 81-4743196

Ministry of Infrastructure, Public Works and

Email: minfprdc@yahoo.fr

Reconstruction 26 bld. Tshatshi,

Ministry of Economy

Kinshasa, Gombe

Imm. Onatra, bld. du 30 juin B.P. 8500 Kin. 1, Kinshasa, Gombe

Ministry of Industry

Email: sgeconomie@yahoo.fr

4744 av. Lubefu Kinshasa, Gombe

Min is try o f E le me nta ry , S e co nd ary a nd V oca tio na l Educa tion

Ministry of Justice

Croisement des avenues des Clinques et Batetela

Croisement avenues des Cliniques et

B.P. 3161, Kinshasa, Gombe

bld. Palais de la Nation

Tel: +243-81-9264860

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: ministeredelepsp@yahoo.fr Ministry of Labour and Social Security Ministry of Energy

bld. du 30 juin

5963 bld. 30 juin, Imm. Regideso, 15 ĂŠtage

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe Email: rdcministerenergie@yahoo.fr

Ministry of Mining 3e ĂŠtage Imm. Sozacom, bld. du 30 juin

Ministry of Environment a nd Wildlife Conservation

Kinshasa, Gombe

15 av. Papa Ileo (ex. des Cliniques) B.P. 12348, Kinshasa, Gombe

Ministry of P ortefe uille

Tel: +243-30235 / 3125

707 av. Waguenia Kinshasa, Gombe

Ministry of Finance

Tel: +243-81-8120673

bld. du 30 juin (rondpoint socimat)

Email: minportefeuill2007@yahoo.fr /

Kinshasa, Gombe

min-portefeuille@yahoo.fr Website: www.ministereduportefeuille.org

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Ministry of Planning

Offices of Senate

4155 av. des Coteaux Q/ Petit Pont

Palais du Peuple

B.P. 9378, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Lingwala

Email: miniplan@micronet.cd

Email: senat@parlement-rdc.org

Ministry of Post, T elephone and Telecommunications

House of Represe ntatives (Na tiona l Assembly)

4484 av. de la Démocratie (ex. Huileries)

Palais du Peuple

B.P. 13504 Kin. 1, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Lingwala

Tel: +243-20715 / 99-8737140 / 81-2765360

Email: assnat@parlement-rdc.org

Email: minpttdrc@netcourrier.com

Ministry of Public Hea lth

INVESTMENT DIRECTORY

3410 bld. du 30 juin B.P. 3088 Kin. 1, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel. +243-81-5021591

In the DRC the principal ministers and agencies that offer consultancy relating to the process of investment are the following:

Ministry of Regional Cooperation Boulevard du Palais de la Nation

Office National du Tourisme

Kinshasa, Gombe

Mr. B. Lubenga Av. du Commerce no. 24

Ministry of Scie ntific and Technology Rese arch

Building SOMIP (1er niveau)

54 av. Colonel Ebeya, Imm. Dungu (ex. Sozabank)

B.P. 9502, Kinshasha

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-5091625/28

Tel: +243-81-5203502 / 99-9947059 / 99-7529139

Fax: +243-81-5091625

Email: minrst-cd@yahoo.fr

Email: ontrdc@netcourrer.com

Ministry of Small and M edium-Sized Business

Agence Nationale pour la Promotion des Inve stisse ments

bld. du 30 juin

(ANAPI)

Kinshasa, Gombe

Professor Buabua wa Kayembe General Manager

Ministry of Transport

Av. Colonel EBEYA n° 54,

117 bld. du 30 juin, Imm. Onatra

Immeuble de la Reconstruction, Ex-SOZABANQUE

Kinshasa, Gombe

Gombe, Kinshasa

Tel: +243-21710 / 8802470 / 8802554 / 8802333

Tel: +243-81-326490 / 81-6996548

Fax: +243-8802257

Email: anapirdc@anapi.org or anapirdc@yahoo.fr

Email: min-transcoms@yahoo.fr

Website: www.anapi.org

Ministry of University a nd College Education

Fédération des Entreprise s du Congo (FEC)

10 av. des Forces Armées (ex. Haut Commandement)

Mr. Francois Kazadi

B.P. 5429, Kinshasa, Gombe

Director: Economic and Commercial Development

Tel: +243-81-4939980

B.P. 7247, Kin1

Email: minesu@micronet.cd

Tel: +243-9907953 Fax: +243-81-3464900 Email: feccongo@hotmail.com

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Confederation of Small and Medium Congole se

Onatra (Office National de s Transports)

Ente rprise s (COPE MECO)

Immeuble Onatra, bld du 30 juin

Mr Georges Bukasa Tshienda

Kinshasa, Gombe

President

OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS

BP 20577, Kinsahsa XV Tel: +243-99-18839 / 98-334943

Email: copemeco@ic.cd / copemeco3@ic.cd

Construction, Public Works and Civil Engineering

Ministry of Planning

Sa fricas

Fax: +243-88-03208 / 88-03882

Mr Patrice Dibobol Kitmut

Tel: +243-99-9915025

Coordinator

Email: safricas@ic.cd

4ème niveau n°19, Immeuble UBC/Centre Batipont

Coin Avenue des Aviateurs/Nation Tel: +243-81-4034070

Tel: +243-99-8278622

Email: pdibobol@yahoo.fr

Email: batipont@ic.cd

Ministry of Public Work s and Infrastructure

General Construct

Mr Jean-Marc Gauthier

Tel: +243-81-8800497

Coordinator: Infrastructure Unit

Email: bodarwe-gillet@ic.cd

71, Avenue du Roi Baudouin,

Insurance Brokers and Agencies

Commune de la Gombe Tel: +243-81-7006121

Sonas

Email: tpicelluleinfrastructures@yahoo.fr

bld du 30 juin National Association of Public Compa nies , encompassing

Tel: +243-81-0336787

sta te -owned companie s (ANE P)

Email: sonas@hotmail.com

Avenue de la Justice Immoaf

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9916351 Central Ba nk of The Congo (BCC)

Email: immoaf@ic.cd

Avenue Tshashi Allc de Court d’Ass et Eas s

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8167649 Funds for the Promotion of Industry (FP I)

Email: acardc@caramail.com

Avenue Justice Kinshasa, Gombe

Mining

The Mining Registrar (CAMI)

Borga kim Mining Sprl

Immeuble Gécamines, Boulevard du 30 juin

Tel: +243-89-8910357

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: borgakin@orgaman.com

Agency for the Management of the Public Debt (OGEDEP) Avenue Justice Kinshasa, Gombe

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Entreprise Generale Malta Forrest

S MK/Envil Mining (Socié té M iniè re de K olwezi)

Lubumbashi, Katanga

Kolwezi, Katanga

Tel: +243-2342232

Tel: +243-99-7026284

Email: egmf@forrestgroup.com

Email: joeds@envilmining.com

Mining Compa ny Ka tanga Group

De Bee rs

Tel: +243-2348385

Tel: +243-81-2653519

Email: mckgoup@mwangaza.cd

Email: debeers.drc@debeersgroup.com

Société de Traitement de s Re jets de Mutoshi (SRM)

Money Transfer Institutions

Tel: +243-99-7026284 S oficom

Email: mike@anvil.com.au

1 av. des Sénégalais Société pour le T ra iteme nt du T erril de Lubumba shi (ST L)

Kinshasa/Gombe

Tel: +243-99-7032815

Tel: +243-99-9909999 / 81-7300000

Email: stl-st@lub.jobantech.cd

Email: soficom@micronet.cd

Carrigres

Mister Ca sh

Tel: +243-99-8230000

Tel: +243-99-9983445

Email: fvdh.carrigres@ata-sat.be

Email: odent@afrinet.cd

Sedico Sprl

Colikin

Tel: +243-99-9952736

Avenue du Port Tel: +243-81-9915449 Email: colikin@ic.cd Almost a final product! This copper powder, ready for smelting, is worth a lot!

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Globa l-Expres s / Globex Transit

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8120220

Tel: +243-81-7009471

Email: globextransit@ic.cd Cameroon

EMBASSIES AND DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS IN THE DRC

171 bld 30 juin

B.P. 10998, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9916822

For those countries not featured, please contact the Ministry of Foreign

Affairs

in

your

own

country for updates on the Honorary Consul that represents you in DRC.

Cana da 17 av. Pumbu Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9904334 Email: kinshasa@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Algeria 50/52 av. Colonel Ebeya

Centra l Africa n Republic

B.P. 12798, Kinshasa, Gombe

Quartier Bon MarchĂŠ, Commune de Barumbu

Tel: +243-81-8803717

B.P. 10998

Email: ambalgerie@raga.net

Tel: +243 898910431

Angola

Chad

413 bld 30 juin

804 av. Okito Q. Binza Pigeon

B.P. 8400, Kinshasa, Gombe

B.P. 9097, Kinshasa, Ngaliema

Tel: +243-99-99006927

Tel: +243-99-9909908

Email: mjb@raga.net China Aus tria

447 av. des Aviateurs

73 av. Riviera

B.P. 9098, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-8135967 Email: amba-chine@ic.cd

Belgium Place du 24 octobre

Congo Brazza ville

B.P. 899, Kinshasa, Gombe

176 bld du 30 juin

Tel: +243-89-8924233

B.P. 9515, Kinshasa, Gombe

Fax: +243-762154472

Tel: +243-99-9971453

Email: diplobel.kinshasa@ic.cd Cu b a Benin

En face du Ministère de la Justice

3990 av. des Cliniques

Tel: +243-81-3330140

B.P. 3265, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8128659

Czech Re public

Email: abkin2004@yahoo.fr

54 av. Tshatshi B.P. 8242, Kinshasa, Gombe

Brazil

Tel: +243-81-7005074

97 av. Roi Baudouin

Email: mikes@raga.net

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Denma rk & Norwa y

India

Tel: +243-81-3300125

186 av. Batetela

Email: delegation-dem-rep-of-congo@cec.eu.int

B.P. 1026, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9932872

Egypt 519 av. Ouganda

Ira n

B.P. 8838, Kinshasa, Gombe

78 bld du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-5021788

B.P. 16599, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-7005298

France 97 av. Tchad

Ita ly

B.P. 3093, Kinshasa, Gombe

8 av. Mongala

Tel: +243-81-7006685

B.P. 1000, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: ambafrance@ic.cd

Tel: +243-81-8846106 Fax: +243-99-9975360

Ga bon

Email: ambitalykin@ic.cd

165 av. Colonel Mondjiba B.P. 9592, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8110326

Ivory Coas t 68 av. de la Justice B.P. 9197, Kinshasa, Gombe

Ge rmany

Tel: +243-81-8132882

82 av. Roi Baudouin B.P. 8400, Kinshasa, Gombe

Japan

Tel: +243-81-5167526

Building Marsavco (City Bank), av. Colonel Lukusa

Fax: 37797990252

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: amballemagne@ic.cd

Tel: +243-81-8845305 / 81-8801243 Email: ambj@raga.net

Ghana 206 av. de la Libération

K enya

B.P. 9755, Kinshasa, Gombe

4002 av. Ouganda

Tel: +243-81-7008795

B.P. 9667, Kinshasa, Gombe

Fax: +243-81-3464048

Tel: +243-99-9931936

Email: ghanem@africanus.cd Lebanon Greece

19/25 av. Joli Parc, Q/Ma Campagne

3 étage Imm. Hellénique, bld 30 juin

B.P. 15740, Kinshasa, Ngaliema

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9908222

Tel: +243-99-7019222 Email: grembkin@ic.cd

Libe ria 1 étage App. 12 Imm. Royal

Guine a

B.P. 8940, Kinshasa, Gombe

7–9 av. Lubefu

Tel: +243-81-6907272

B.P. 9899, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: liberia22@yahoo.fr

Tel: +243-99-9946070

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Libya

Tel: +243-81-7006327

av. des Armées (ex. Haut Commandement)

Email: ambpolkin@raga.net

B.P. 8616 Kin. 1, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9832710

Portugal 270 av. des Aviateurs

Malta

B.P. 7775, Kinshasa, Gombe

20 av. Bandundu

Tel: +243-99-9938966

B.P. 1800, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: portrdc@ic.cd

Tel: +243-81-3330128 Email: aosm@ic.cd

R u ssi a 80 av. de la Justice

Morocco

Kinshasa, Gombe

5 av. Ouganda

Tel: +243-99-8758471

B.P. 912, Kinshasa, Gombe

Fax: +243 99 9975135

Tel: +243-81-70070989

Email: ambaus@africanus.cd

Email: ambamaroc@ic.cd South Africa Namibia

54 av. Ngongo Lutete

139 bld du 30 juin

B.P. 7829, Kinshasa, Gombe

B.P. 8934, Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-7005800

Tel: +243-99-9970297

Email: ambasud@raga.net

Fax: +243-99-9970570 Email: namembassy-drc@ic.cd

Spa in 4 étage Imm. Hellénique, bld 30 juin

Nethe rlands

B.P. 8036, Kinshasa, Gombe

9 av. Nzongotole

Tel: +243-81-8843195

B.P. 10299, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: ambespagne@ic.cd

Tel: +243-81-8001140 Email: nlgoukss@ic.cd

Sudan Croisement av. Wangata et bld 30 juin, 1 étage Imm. Afora

Nigeria

B.P. 8724, Kinshasa, Gombe

141 bld 30 juin

Tel: +243-99-9970123

B.P. 1700, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-7005144

Sw eden

Email: nigemb@jobantech.cd

89–93 Roi Baudouin Kinshasa, Gombe

North K orea

Tel: +243-99-8182528 / 81-3330121

168 av. Ouganda

Email: ambasuede@ic.cd

B.P. 16597 Kin. 1, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8892775

Sw itze rland 654 av. Colonel Tshatshi

Pola nd

B.P. 8724, Kinshasa, Gombe

63 av. de la Justice

Tel: +243-99-9972003

B.P. 7775, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: ambasuisse@ic.cd

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Tanzania

Tel: +243-99-8596585

142 bld 30 juin

Email: nuntius@raga.net

B.P. 1612, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-8106228

Z ambia

Email: amb.tanzanie@ic.cd

54/58 Avenue de l’école B.P. 1144, Kinshasa, Gombe

Togo

Tel: +243-99-9999437

3 av. de la Vallée B.P. 10197, Kinshasa, Gombe

Z imba bwe

Tel: +243-81-3330127

Imm. Ogedep 2 étage

Email: ambatogo@yahoo.fr

Avenue de la Justice B.P. 8245, Kinshasa, Gombe

Tunisia

Tel: +243-81-8836010

67/69 av. Cercle

Email: atkinshasa@yahoo.fr

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN DRC

Turk ey

Agence Ame ricaine pour le Developpement (USAID)

Kinsha/Gombe Tel: +243-99-8704376

18 av. Pumbu

av. Isiro (à coté de la gare centrale)

B.P. 7817, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-7007500

Tel: +243-99-8204850 / 81-7005715

Email: tckinshe@raga.net

www.usaid.gov/cg

United K ingdom

Agence Canadienne de De ve loppement (ACDI)

83 av. Roi Baudouin

Imm. Banque Centrale du Congo 513

B.P. 8049, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8109100

Tel: +243-89-8960309

Email: ambrit@ic.cd

Email: prbcc@hotmail.com

United S ta tes of America (US A)

African Union (UA) Bra nch of Kinshasa

310 av. des Aviateurs

1 av. Forces Armées

B.P. 697, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-2255872

Tel: +243-81-8109300

Email: meecera@state.gov

Fax: +243-1398923 / 8807977 Email: oua-kin@micronet.cd

Uruguay 125C av. Colonel Mondjiba (Utexafrica)

Belgian Te chnical Cooperation (CTB/BCT)

Kinshasa, Gombe

15/17 av. Colonel Ebeya

Fax: 13035682169

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: spid@ic.cd

Tel: +243-81-8946611 Email: representation.rdc@btcctb.org / ctbrdc@ic.cd

Vatican (Nonciature Apostolique) 89 av. Goma

Centre Wa llonie Bruxelles

B.P. 3091, Kinshasa, Gombe

21 av. Equateur

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eBizguides DRC International Orga nization of La bour (BIT)

Tel: +243-99-8010800

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Email: secretariat@walbru.cd

B.P. 7248

Comite International de la Croix Rouge

Email: oit.kin@undp.org

Tel: +243-81-7006189 / 99-9947875

32 av des Cliniques Kinshasa, Gombe

Mo n u c

Tel: +243-89-8940006 / 99 99 00074

12 av. des Aviateurs

Email: kin@icrc.org / kinshaha.kin@icrc.org

Kinshasa, Gombe

Echo

Email: recrutement.rdc@undp.org

Tel: +243-81-8906265

Imm. BCDC 14/15 étage, bld du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe

O CDH

Tel: +243-81-3300125

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

www.delcod.cec.eu.int

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

Europea n Community (E U)

Email: hrfoc.kinshasa@undp.org

Tel: +243-81-8803847

14/15 étage Imm. BCDC, bld du 30 juin B.P. 2699, Kinshasa, Gombe

OIM (International Orga nization of Meteorology)

Tel: +243-81-8946690

Tel: +243-99-9916630

Email: délégation-dem-rep-of-congo@cec.eu.int

Email: dterzi@iom.int

Website: www.delcod.cec.eu.int ONUSIDA Fondation Konra d Adenauer Stiftung

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

402 av. de la Révolution, 7e rue QRésidentiel

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa/Limete

Tel: +243-81-8800840 / 81-8813617

Tel: +243-81-8801787 Email: badoreck@hotmail.com

Pa nafrica n Union of Te lecommunications (Union Panafricaine de Telecommunications)

HRFOC

av. Isiro (cfr. Place le Château)

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9955950 / 81-5007041

Tel: +243 88 03847 Email: hrfoc.kinshasa@undp.org

UNDP Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Interna tiona l Burea u of Labour (BIT)

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-8101749

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: registry.cd@undp.org

Tel: +243-81-7006189 / 99 9957875 UNES CO Interna tiona l Monetary Fund (FMI)

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

5 étage Imm. Hotel de Monnaies, BCC

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8120114

Tel: +243-81-700 6183

Email: kinshasa@unesco

Email: xmaret@inf.org

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UNICEF

Tel: +243-88-04211

87 Immeuble Hellénique, 5 étage

Email: hulg-ops@ic.cd

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-8801942 / 81-8801815

UNI C

Email: kinshasa@unicef.org

6194 Imm. Losnia, bld du 30 juin B.P. 7148, Kinshasa, Gombe

WHO

Tel: +243-81-5040917

42 av. des Cliniques

Email: registry.cd@undp.org

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-7006402 / 81 7006403

World Ba nk Group 4847 av. Wagenia

World Food Program (PAM)

Kinshasa, Gombe

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-7005215

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: wfp.kinshasa@wfp.org

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

UNFP A / FNUAP

Air Fra nce

Tel: +243-81-7006755

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

5D av. du Tchad, Hotel Memling

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: fnuap.rdc@undp.org

Tel: +243-89-8946631 / 81-8845548 Website: www.airfrance.com

FAO 436 bld du 30 juin

Air Gabon

Kinshasa, Gombe

bld. du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-8804662

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: fao-zar@fied.fao.org

Tel: +243-998704159 Email: fih_airgabon@yahoo.fr

UNHCR 6729 av. de l’Oua

Brus sels Airline s

Kinshasa, Gombe

33 bld. du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-8801248

Kinshasa, Gombe

Fax: +243-00871763629645

Tel: +243-89-8975001

Email: codki@unhcr.ch Cameroun Airlines OCHA

526 bld. du 30 juin

Imm. 6194 Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Gombe

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9901430

Tel: +243-99-9986489 Email: ochardc@un.org

E thiopian Airline s 9 av. du port

UNOPS

Kinshasa, Gombe

Imm. Losonia, bld du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-7006588/89

B.P. 7248, Kinshasa, Gombe

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Travelling in DRC is always an adventure

Kenya Airways

Tel: +243-81-5182768

bld. du 30 juin, Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: dir@bcdc.cd

Tel: +243-99-9911239

Website: www.bcdc.cd

Email: kenyaairwaysgsa_fbm@yahoo.fr Banque Congolais e SAA (South African Airways)

Crois. av. de la Nation et des Aviateurs

bld. du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9982003 / 99-998010222

Tel: +243-81-7005908

Email: akinshasa@congobank.ic.cd

Email: saardc@jobantech.cd

Website: www.congobank.com

BANKS

BIAC bld. du 30 juin

Many reliable local banks are

Kinshasa, Gombe

sprouting up in DRC. The financial

Tel: +243-99-8591999 / 81-7004001

sector is picking up!

Email: cti@biac.cd Website: www.biac.cd

Afriland First Bank CD bld. du 30 juin, Place Mandela

BI C

Kinshasa, Gombe

191 av. de l’Equateur

Tel: +243-81-0775359

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: afrilandfirstbankcd@ckt.cd

Tel: +243-81-8843790 / 81-9937994

Banque Comme rcia le du Congo

Citibank Congo (Citigroup)

bld. du 30 juin

av. Colonel Lukusa et Ngongo Lutete

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

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Tel: +243-81-8840015 / 99-8340015 Fax: +243-81-3017070

En face de l’ambassade du Gabon, number 150, Kinshasa, Kintambo

RAWBANK

Tel: +243-99-9915050

3487 bld. du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe

DRY CLEANERS

Tel: +243-81-9832000 / 99-8320000 A good dry cleaner is extremely

Email: contact@rawbank.cd

hard to find here. A common pro-

Website: www.rawbank.cd

blem is the staff stapling your refeStanbic Ba nk Congo 12 av. Mongala

rence tag to your clothes!!! Specify NO STAPLING!

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-7006000/6801

5 à Sec, crois. av. de l’Equateur et de la Paix

Email: stanbiccongoinfo@stanbic.com

Kinshasa, Gombe

Website: www.stanbic.com

Tel: +243-99-9920200

Trus t Merchant Bank Sa rl ( TMB)

P res sing Yes

Lubumbashi

Rondpoint Forescom

Tel: +243-99-7023000

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: tmb@trustmerchantbank.com

Tel: +243-81-5112260

DENTAL SERVICES

V it Ne t

Dr Fra ncis Articla ut

Kinshasa, Gombe

34/21 bld. du 30 juin

bld. du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe

HAIR AND BEAUTY

Tel: +243-99-8278729 New Amour Cabinet Denta ire Spix

55 av. Isiro

10 av. de la Mongala

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-8044225

Tel: +243-99-8116882 Mike Ha ir Cabinet Denta ire Karavella

2 av. Mutombo katshi

124 bld. du 30 juin

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9923127

Tel: +243-99-9955155 / 81-8841554 New Infinitif Centre de Sa nte Bucco Denta ire

av. du Tchad, Hotel Memling

Dr Dormal

Kinshasa, Gombe

av. Colonel Mondjiba, Complexe Utexafrica

Tel: +243-81-5095138 / 81-3300100

Kinshasa, Ngaliema Tel: +243-81-8941564

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Salon Steve

Tel: +243-89-8910415

22389 Galerie de la Bourse, Rondpoint Forescom

Email: kabongojimmy@yahoo.fr

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9926726 / 81-99726

Office of Ima gery of Gombe

Email: Salon_steve@hotmail.com

Kinshasa, Gombe

MEDICAL SERVICES

Ultrasound services.

Tel: +243-99-9970735 / 99-8343976

Clinique La kkis

Hos pita l Ma man Marie Mutombo

av. Colonel Ebeya

bld. Lumumba, près du Marché de la

Kinshasa, Gombe

Liberté, Kinshasa, Masina

Tel: +243-81-5146794

Tel: +243-81-5129649

CMK (M edical Center of Kinshasa)

Hospital Comple x Gen Tai

168 av. Wagenia

1 av. St Christophe, Q/Funa

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Limete

Tel: +243-89-8950300

Tel: +243-99-9972244

CMI (International Me dial Cente r) av. Mbuji-Mayi, Kinshasa, Gombe Private clinics are available for those of higher means, but healthcare needs urgent development


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PHARMACIES

Arc-en-Ciel 4 Batetela, Grand Hotel Kinshasa

Apothee k

Kinshasa, Gombe

Galeries Centenaire

Tel: +243-81-8110003 / 89-8946660

bld. du 30 juin

SPORT ACTIVITIES/ HEALTH CLUBS

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8222221

Pharma cie Saint Jean

For outdoor lovers, behind the

100 av. du Tchad

ambassadors' houses along the

Kinshasa, Gombe

river is a closed off km of street where many people run, walk,

Tel: +243-81-5182444

bicycle‌ wonderful at sunset. Pharma cie du Me mling 5D av. du Tchad, Hotel Memling

Centre Kolongono

Kinshasa, Gombe

4 av. Batetela, Grand Hotel

Tel: +243-81-7001111

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-8110003

Interna tiona l Pharma cy Grand Hotel Kinshasa

Cercle de K inshasa

Kinshasa, Gombe

414 av. du Cercle Kinshasa, Gombe

PHOTOGRAPHY

Tel: +243-81-7005936

Fujifilm

Cercle E lais

15 Building Botour

15 av. Colonel Lukusa

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-81-9944520 / 81-8138001 Cercle Onatra Kodak

av. Luambo Makiadi

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9947847 / 81-8129303

Tel: +243-81-5048520

Email: pixkin@prodimpexcd.com Communaute Hellenique

SHOPPING CENTRES

87 bld. du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe

Two words for shopping here:

Tel: +243-81-5040694

expensive and limited. Bring the basics and all your favourites.

Adoni Hotel Memling Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8840000 / 99-9954045

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The cook never forgets himself (reap what you sow) / Bolingo ebandaka na yo moko Congolese saying

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INTRODUCTION

Before enduring the European influence, these ethnic groups were socially and politically organized into empi-

Today’s Democratic Republic of Congo, the deep heart of

res and kingdoms. Some of these still exist, living along

Africa, remains fervent in the imagination, a place where

with the modern administrative structures. The Kuba

we find Conrad’s heart of darkness, Tintin gallivanting in

Empire, headed by King Nimi Kwete Mbokashanga in

Africa or Thierry Michel discovering an African Amazon

Kasaï Occidentale, and the Lunda Empire, headed by

and a rich Eden.

Chief Mwat Yav in Katanga, reflect this atypical cohabitation between modern administrative structures and tra-

Beyond these literary notions, the Democratic Republic of

ditional and customary ones.

the Congo is above all an amazing cornucopia of marvellous natural resources and unfathomable landscapes,

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is also a country

where friendly and creative women and men live toge-

where several religions coexist, such as Catholicism,

ther.

Protestantism, Islam and Kimbanguism, as well as many

The third-largest African country, the DRC is legendary as

embraced a new spiritual dimension, arising from diffe-

new churches. In the past few years, the country has

being one of the most beautiful and diverse countries on

rent beliefs, from various forms of Christianity to other

the continent. Indeed, Congolese landscapes are astonis-

kinds of mystical religious doctrines.

hing, from unimaginable forests in central Equateur, vast savannas in Katanga and the Kasaï, snow-covered moun-

In terms of local faiths, the Kimbanguist church, created

tains in Ruwenzori, to the immense lakes and volcanoes

in 1921 by Simon Kimbangu, appears to be the church of

in Kivu.

most significance.

The cultural diversity portrayed by music, sculpture, wea-

FOOD AND DRINKS

ving, masks and painting reflects the hybrid Congolese community, comprising hundreds of different tribes with

FOOD

four main ethnic groups: Swahili, Tshiluba, Kikongo and Food in the DRC is eventful! Recipes here are as varied as

Lingala.

the numbers of tribes existing in the country, each with

CULTURAL RESOURCES

its regional inspirations influencing variations in textures and flavours.

These four main ethnic groups also represent the four main spoken dialects, well known by most Congolese,

If you are expecting multi-course meals, sub-Saharan

who are multilingual. More than 250 dialects reflect the

Africa is not your region. People tend to focus on a

cultural Congolese landscape, however the official lan-

hearty plate of starch, such as rice. The daily food staple

guage of French and these four national languages are

for the Congolese is a base of manioc (kasava), which can

the only ones commonly used. Luckily for us, neither tou-

be prepared in various ways. Fufu is manioc flour added

rists nor business globetrotters need learn a local langua-

to boiling water (sometimes 50/50 with corn flour) and

ge before getting to the DRC, but we hope your French

stirred until it turns into a doughy polenta type of food.

is up to par, as English speakers are not common.

Chikwange is fermented manioc, boiled over a few days,

The ethnic groups of the DRC are each peculiar in their

wrapped in banana leaves and boiled again to get a rub-

customs and have a rather highly delineated structure,

bery roll of manioc. Although these may sound a bit

then kneaded until a type of thick paste is obtained, then

through which the ethnic tribes have always been subdi-

scary, don’t be afraid of the local manioc foods. They are

vided into clans, where historically chiefs have headed

more on the bland side, purposefully, as they are there to

the patrimony.

accompany a nice heavy sauce or stew or salted meat.

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MUAMBA NSUSU

LIBOKÉ NA MBISI (FISH IN BANANA LEAF)

This peanut-based chicken stew is one of the most famous and popular sub-Saharan African stews, which comes from the Kongo people of Congo and Angola.

Using leaves for cooking is common in the world’s tropical areas. In Central Africa, both fish fillets and whole fish are cooked in leaf packets over charcoal fires and grills. All over the Congo River area, this specific method of cooking is called Liboké in Lingala. Leaves of banana plants or marantaceae are essential because of the special flavour they give to the dish.

You need: • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces • 1 onion, chopped • small tin of tomato paste • vegetable oil • half a cup of peanut paste (ground peanuts and salt) • hot chilli pepper or cayenne pepper, to taste

You need: • banana leaves • 1–2kg of fresh fish (either whole or cut into fillets, steaks or pieces); in Africa freshwater fish are typically used • 1 to 2 onions, finely chopped • juice of 1 to 2 lemons • salt • black pepper • cayenne pepper or red pepper • oil (a spoonful) • 1 tomato, chopped and crushed (optional) • a few okra, chopped (optional) • a bunch of sorrel leaves (optional)

Preparation: • Fill a large pot with enough water for a soup base. Bring it to a boil. Add the chicken and boil it until the meat is done and a broth is obtained. • While the chicken is boiling, gently sauté the onion in several tablespoons of oil until the onion is tender. • Remove the chicken from the broth and remove the meat from the bones. (Save the broth and keep it at a low simmer.) • Combine one cup of the chicken broth with the peanut and tomato pastes and stir until smooth. • Return the chicken meat to the broth and add the peanut–tomato paste mixture. Stir and continue to simmer until the soup has thickened. • Season to taste. Serve with rice, tshikwang or fufu and more hot pepper.

Preparation:

Ice: As in all African countries, be careful with ice. Try to always get your drinks chilled, so ice is not necessary.

DRINKS Apart from water, the most common beverages consumed during dinners are bottled soft drinks and local beers. The DRC has two main breweries, Bralima and Bracongo, which produce beers and soft drinks throughout the country. In the DRC beer flows like water and the nation is mainly divided into two groups: Primus drinkers (Bralima) and Skol drinkers (Bracongo). The third brewery of the DRC, and sister company of Bracongo, is Brasimba, based in Lubumbashi, which is known for a darker lager called Tembo.

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• If you are cooking a whole fish: Prepare a marinade by mixing together the oil, chopped onion, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, red pepper (and any optional ingredients you choose). Clean the fish, but leave the scales on, and cut a few slits lengthwise on each side. Pour the marinade onto the fish and into the slits. Let the fish marinate in a glass dish for 15 minutes. • If you are cooking fish fillets, steaks or pieces: In a glass bowl combine all the ingredients except the fish and mix well. Add the fish and let marinate for 15 minutes. • Warm the banana leaves for half a minute in a hot oven, or on a grill, or in a pot of boiling water. This makes them easier to fold. Remove the centre rib of each leaf by cutting across it with a knife and pulling it off. Cut the ends off each leaf to form a large rectangle. • Wrap the ingredients in banana packets two or three layers thick. (Try a burrito folding technique. Depending on how many leaves and how much (or how many) fish you are cooking, you may want to make more than one packet. Use oven-proof string to tie them closed, or the rib you previously pulled off.) • Cook the packets over an outdoor grill, or in an oven. (If using an oven, you may want to place some aluminium foil under them to catch drips.) Turn them every 10 minutes. After half an hour carefully open the packet and check to see if the fish is cooked. If it is not, close the packet and continue cooking. Watch out for the steam! • Serve directly in the packet with tshikwang or fufu.


Mmm‌ Black Amazon caterpillars and fried termites, local delicacies!

The nation is also a huge producer of palm wine and

adopted rumba and adapted its characteristics to their

highly alcoholic liqueurs made from manioc, bananas or

own instruments and tastes.

even corn, called Lotoko or Kasix. The Congolese rumba has progressively followed an indi-

MUSIC AND DANCE

genization process, which has made it the musica franca

Since the colonial era, Kinshasa, formerly Leopoldville,

symbol of Congolese national identity.

of most sub-Saharan African countries and a significant

has been a hub of musical innovation, ranking alongside This music’s highly eroticized and widely commercialized

Lagos, Abidjan, Johannesburg and Nairobi.

dance was the predecessor of the ardent dance music However, Congolese people have no official term for des-

called soukous popularized in the 1950s. Its name arises

cribing their own music, referring to it simply as muzuki

from the French word secousse, which means a shake,

na biso (our music).

jolt, jerk or shock. It is a popular dance music that can be

Nevertheless, the term rumba or rock-rumba is often

began in the 1980s.

compared to the famous zouk of western Africa, which

used to describe Congolese music. Like most African countries, the Congo was dominated by rumba during

The Democratic Republic of Congo continues today as a

World War II, a fusion of Latin and African musical styles

hub of modern African music, whose success has crossed

that came from the island of Cuba. Congolese musicians

African borders thanks to famous bands such as Luambo

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eBizguides DRC Luambo Franco, Joseph Kabasele (Pépé Kalle), Tabu Ley

Manu Dibango (Cameroon/France), Jean-Serge Essou

Rochereau, Abeti Masikini, Madilu System, Koffi

(Congo-Brazzaville), Nino Malapet (Congo-Brazzaville),

Olomide, JB Mpiana, Werrason, Emeneya, Mbiliya Bel,

Sam Manguana (Angola/Cote d’Ivoire), Michel Boyibanda

Tshala Muana and Papa Wemba, among others. These

(Brazzaville) and Youlou Mabiala (Congo-Brazzaville).

world-renowned local personalities promote the DRC

Music is a field with a lot of opportunities for investors

and connect people globally through their music. To

interested in culture.

date, this music is danced throughout Africa as well as in Europe and the United States, where a large African dias-

SPORT

pora is living. In the DRC all common sports are played except rugby The musical sector is an interesting one for investors dea-

and baseball. European football remains the most dyna-

ling with cultural production.

mic sport that gathers people and livens up the masses during every match.

PERSONALITIES Among the African athletes successfully playing in From recent years some famous players worth mentio-

European championship teams are several Congolese.

ning are Mokili Saio Shabani Nonda and Claude

Indeed, many of them have reached an international level

Makelele, African professionals whose careers have pro-

and represent the pride of the African continent, such as

ven successful within the international scene and cham-

Mokili Saio, Shabani Nonda, Makelele Claude, Mpenza

pionships.

Emile and Jérôme (Mbo). You’ll be surprised to find that some very high-ranking public figures actually run foot-

Famous African musicians performing abroad after star-

ball and basketball teams, such is their love of the game!

ting in the DRC include Isaac Musekiwa (Zimbabwe), Traditional dancers

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PROVINCES As the country develops, so do its provinces. Finding a hotel in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi or even Matadi is relatively easy. But keep in mind the lack of tourism and therefore of a developed service industry in the country. You can count on many varieties of basic accommodation, but as you travel into the less populous areas (often towns related to developing sites) the choice becomes very limited. As visitors travelling on business to these areas are often invited, you can count on your hosts to help you find whatever accommodation is available, often vacant private homes used to receive official guests, with low nightly tariffs. These phone numbers are difficult to find. Contact the Provincial Chambers of Commerce and Industry or the ONT (National Tourism Office) for help. Be

In terms of bars and restaurants favoured by expats, you

aware of the cultural differences in standards. Sorry, no

will quickly make your rounds. Be adventurous. Check

little mint on your pillow at night. Bringing a towel would

out the local bars in Matonge, Bandalungwa and throug-

be recommended, and whatever basic toiletries are nee-

hout the rest of the areas of the city.

ded. Although Kinshasa is not a tourist city, it has a certain Eating out and nightlife in the provinces is another limi-

charm arising from its perpetual animations and unusual

ted aspect. In more remote areas you will find one or two

daily fury.

local restaurants are the places to go, which generally make up the nightlife as well. They will generally be fre-

WHAT TO DO

quented by whoever else is itching for a bit of action, but otherwise you can count on a good opportunity to catch

There are many interesting and unusual activities to do

up on your work!

around Kinshasa.

KINSHASA CITY AND PROVINCE

The River The river, omnipresent, is the focal point for excursions in

The capital of the DRC, Kinshasa, is a harmonious

Kinshasa. The two nautical clubs offer the opportunity

symbiosis between modernity and tradition. Located

for relaxing or adventurous water sport activities. Going

along the Congo River, which is the vestige of an ancient

to the river on Sundays is a popular weekend event. It is

lake, it spreads over 25km of Pool Malebo. This is the

common for family and friends to prepare a picnic and

business and cultural centre of the country, encompas-

grill, pick a sandbank and set up camp for the day. There

sing almost 8 million people.

are many different areas where you can go for a picnic along the river, such as Chez Tintin following the route

Kinshasa, once famous throughout Africa for its nightlife

up to Binza, or the Jardin d’Eden, past the airport. For

and vivacity, is still today a hustling, bustling city, offering

daytime picnics these are wonderful spots. At the Jardin

a multitude of local restaurants and bars. The people of

d’Eden you can also take a 10-minute pirogue ride down

Kinshasa, known as Kinois, love being outdoors, eating,

to a private riverbank and have your picnic or order lunch

drinking and dancing.

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Lola ya Bonobo

N’Sele

The famous sanctuary for bonobos at Lola ya Bonobo

The presidential park of N’Sele is a national park mana-

(Paradise for Bonobos, in Lingala) is one of the most well-

ged by the Bralima brewery. The park covers more than

known excursions within this region. The site is located

5,000 hectares offering zoological and botanical won-

about one hour from Kinshasa within the Mongafula

ders in a wild natural landscape made up of bushes,

area and hosts 52 bonobos who live in 30 hectares of pri-

savannas, forest galleries, marshes and pools. The com-

mary forest. Bonobos can only be found in the DRC,

plex also offers the opportunity to have a nice picnic in

where they dwell in the tropical forest of the Congo

the park.

Basin to the south of the Congo River. They are very clever and some of them in captivity have even learned how

Maluku

to use human language! Situated in the north of Kinshasa, along the Congo River,

Snake Farm

Maluku is surrounded by splendid forested hills. Maluku also has a local restaurant on site, where you can sit and

About 30 minutes outside of town past Binza you can

relax under a thatched roof hut and enjoy your lunch

find a private home which holds all types of local snakes

before heading out on a pirogue ride.

and other reptiles, even a couple of caymans and crocodiles. You can see all the indigenous snakes of the

Bombo Lumene

region. Very informative, the snake farm’s purpose is to raise peoples’ awareness of which types of snakes are

This is a natural reserve two hours beyond N’djili airport.

venomous and which not. The snake farm also works on

Wonderful for camping, this is a lush haven for certain

anti-venom and research.

antelopes and monkeys, offering trails to visit the encom-

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All these colours can come from one same litter of pythons!

passing fields and a stretch of river for bathing. A truly

floors with newer accommodation. The place for all

relaxing experience.

public functions, and where all the government officials stay when in Kinshasa.

WHERE TO STAY Residence Cana As tourism in Kinshasa is lacking, high-end hotels are as

387 av. des Palmiers, Place Royal

well. Nevertheless, you can find a selection of small

Kinshasa, Gombe

hotels with comfortable settings.

Tel: +243-99-8881448 Small residence, with nicely furnished rooms in different

High End

sizes at different prices. Comfortable stay, reasonable prices. Faden House 117 av. Colonel Tshatshi

Hotel Me mling

Kinshasa, Gombe

5 av. de la RĂŠpublique du Tchad

Tel: +243-81-5097141

Kinshasa, Gombe

Email: fayulumartin@yahoo.fr

Tel: +243-81-7001111 Fax: +243-99-9975400

Grand Hotel de K inshasa

Website: www.memling.net

av. Batetela

The other large and highly reputable hotel of Kinshasa,

Kinshasa, Gombe

the Memling is in the heart of downtown Gombe and

Tel: +243-89-8946660/61/62

offers higher end accommodation. Many conference

Fax: +243-81-2616009

rooms and a fine dining restaurant as well.

Email: grandhotelkinshasa@ic.cd

Mid Range

Website: www.grandhotelkinshasa.cd In downtown Gombe, near to the ambassadors’ residences and the river, the former Intercontinental stills hangs

Hotel Es toril

on to its reputation as the leading hotel of Kinshasa. You

85 av. Kabasele (ex. Flambeau)

can feel its age, but the new tower has some renovated

Kinshasa, Gombe

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WHERE TO EAT

Tel: +243-898912210 Email: hotelestorilrdc@yahoo.fr Located near the centre, just behind the Gare Centrale,

High End

this hotel offers air-conditioned bedrooms, breakfast and international gastronomy with Portuguese grill speciali-

Chez Nicola 88 av. de la Justice, Rondpoint Socimat

ties.

Kinshasa, Gombe Ja al Center

Tel: +243-81-5022050

7226 av. du Dépôt

One of the oldest establishments of Kinshasa, this Italian

Kinshasa, Gombe

restaurant is notorious for its enormous pizzas and rich

Tel: +243-99-9949200 / 99-8442615

dishes. Located off the last turnabout before Utex Africa.

Email: jaalcenter@yahoo.fr La P iscine

From US $50 per night, Jaal Center offers 12 air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms, TV, DVD, a restau-

av. Luambo Makiadi, Cercle Onatra

rant and a terrace.

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-5093005

African Dre am Hotel

Outdoor restaurant around a large pool. You can sit

bld du 30 juin

under the immense gazebo, or around the pool. Lovely

Kinshasa, Gombe

Greek mezzes and grills. The cossas are delicious!

Basic but quaint rooms, in the dead centre of town along the Boulevard. A small terrace and pool for relaxing and

La Pizze ria du Grand Hote l

taking a dip.

Wood oven pizzas from US $15.

Apartment Hote ls

La Ciboule tte

Cercle Elais

av. Colonel Lukusa, Cercle Elais

av. Colonel Lukusa

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9942710

Tel: +243-99-9942710

Cercle Elais provides comfortable furnished bungalows

Email: ciboulette@ic.cd

ideal for long stays.

Located in the Cercle Elais, this restaurant is unavoidable for refined food lovers for fine French and Congolese dining.

Marik a av. du Livre

Che z Gaby

Kinshasa, Gombe

9b av. de la Mongala Kinshasa, Gombe Residence Hoteliere Sofia

Tel: +243-81-9904213

1060 av. Mpolo Maurice

Renowned for the best cossas in town! This exclusive

Kinshasa, Gombe

Portuguese restaurant will make you feel transported to

Tel: +243-81-3132329 / 99-9906594

a small villa outside of Lagos. Gaby is always around to ensure a wonderful dining experience and to offer you a

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chocolate to finish off dinner.

165 bld du 30 juin Le Ca f’ Conc’

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-8512345/6

13 av. de la Nation,

Email: Residence165@hotmail.com

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-89-8910592

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For more than 25 years the fine dining restaurant of hig-

Le Chantilly

hest standing in Kinshasa, also offering fresh pastries and

707 av. Colonel Lukusa

chocolates. A must for flattering clients and important

Kinshasa, Gombe

officials. Many private rooms available.

Tel: +243-81-9930300 / 81-6999990 Email: lechantilly@yahoo.com

Le Cercle de Kinsha sa

Bakery, pastry shop, tea room and ices, restaurant, for

Crois. des av. de la Libération et de la

breakfast, lunch or dish of the day.

Justice La Chaumière

Kinshasa, Gombe A delight to the senses. One of the most refined restau-

3469 av. Ngongo-Lutete

rants of Kinshasa.

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9933721 Chateau Margau

A nice mix of local and European dishes, very reasonable

3668 av. Mbuji-Mayi

pricing. Semi-private huts offer more intimacy to your

Kinshasa, Gombe

dining. The upper crust place for a Congolese fine dining

Tel: +243-99-9917953/ 81-7005036

experience.

This colonial home renovated into a restaurant boasts the best terrace in town. Take your pick between a fine

L’Extreme

dining menu upstairs and private rooms for more impor-

av. de l’Equateur

tant dinner events and lower prices downstairs on their

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9925126

splendid terrace.

Good selection of European dishes. Rapid service, with a

Mid Range

nice terrace out front. Good sandwich wraps!

Che z T intin

Le Piccolo

Situated on the river after the Mimosa area, on the way

av. Kasa-Vubu

to Binza Pompage, you will find this trendy restaurant

Kinshasa, Gombe

where you can eat local or western food. A no frills inte-

Traditional Italian food. Best pizzas in town! Straight out

rior, with a simple decor showing the legendary comic

of the wood oven.

strip character Tintin makes you feel at home in his uniL’Orangeraie

verse. Do not miss the great view of the rapids!

bld du 30 juin, Immeuble de la Revolution Le 3615

Tel: +243-89-8910344

bld du 30 juin

A really famous fine dining establishment, especially nice

Kinshasa, Gombe

for lunch. Daily lunch menu available at around US $9.

Variety of dishes, mainly Belgian. Outdoor terrace, nice

Good for people on the run, lunch is generally quick.

for a drink or dinner. Attached to the popular disco 3615.

Going Local Le Ce rcle Français 33 av. des Forces Armées

Le Colibri

Kinshasa, Gombe

av. Colonel Lukusa, Immeuble Inga

Tel: +243-81-7007412

Kinshasa, Gombe

Outdoor restaurant, great for organizing special events

Same menu and owners for 40 years! City landmark for those in the know.

and theme parties.

Menu based on toasted closed or open sandwiches. I

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The riverbanks of Kinshasa are the perfect weekend getaway

MK Re sta urant – Chez Maman Colone l

recommend the Cannibal, with a good dash of their

10 av. Bayaka, Q/Kimbondo

home made whiskey hot pepper sauce. Woah!

Tel: +243-99-9909672 / 81-5111837 Le Maquis de la Gare

In the city this restaurant is legendary

7224 av. des Sénégalais, in front of the train station

for its grilled chicken. The house originally belonged to a

Kinshasa, Gombe

military colonel in colonial times and has kept its stature

Tel: +243-99-9917895 / 81 8959001

as the colonel’s home. Local and western dishes are avai-

Under the straw gazebo or inside the restaurant you can

lable. A must for any newcomer to Kinshasa.

enjoy some typical Congolese dishes.

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Ma mbo

6081 av. Lokole, Q/Commerce

av. de la Mongala

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-89-8939922

High-energy ambience. The local talent here is a bit more

Sit among local ministers and businesspeople for your

forward.

traditional Congolese food! Sta nding

Going Out

315 av. des Syndicats Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-8512345

Kinshasa offers an attractive nightlife. Within the more upscale area of La Gombe the atmosphere is quite inter-

The place in town to dance salsa! Every Wednesday.

national and proves to be a true integration of all cultu-

Small dance floor but friendly atmosphere and good

res, but for more typically local and popular entertain-

music. Also good for a Friday or Saturday night out.

ment Matonge is the place, with many bars lining the VIP /Saloon

roads. Take your pick and have a seat. Although discos are not so commonly frequented during the week, unless

3559 bld du 30 juin

late and mainly by certain ladies in search of companion-

Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-8337009

ship, bars and terraces remain agreeable all week long and the discos fill up fast starting around 10–11 at night.

Pool bar up front and disco in the back. One of the most

Concerts are very common in Kinshasa as well, with so

popular clubs of Kinshasa. Good music, great atmosphe-

much local talent available, so most weekends you can

re and service.

find at least one show to go to. Signs and banners are

Going Local

always posted around town.

Delice

Chez Nte mba

behind Onatra building

Rondpoint Forescom

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Located behind the Memling. Best

Known far and wide, not only in the DRC, but most of

place in Kinshasa to play pool and enjoy good company.

Southern Africa! Chez Ntemba began with one disco and has expanded to everywhere people like to move! Dance

Ibiza Ba r

to local beats throughout the night.

10 av. de la Nation Quartie r Ma tonge

Kinshasa, Gombe

You will enjoy a 24-hour ambience with music, bars,

Tel: +243-81-8125421 Best place in Kinshasa for live music! Great jazz band

nightclubs, concerts and shops open until late.

every weekend! Le Sa va na na Le Grand Ca sino

Kinshasa, Gombe

4 av. Batetela

Local club, located in Gombe, with quite a hot ambience,

Kinshasa, Gombe

where you will enjoy fiery dances.

Tel: +243-81-8110003 / 89-8946663 Close to the Grand Hotel, the casino opens at 6pm and

Le 3615

lasts all night.

bld du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe You will enjoy the most beautiful terrace of Kinshasa

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Chez Bibi Place Kintambo Magasin Kinshasa/Kintambo One of the most well-known places in Bandal. Live music and good food on an outdoor terrace. Relax, have fun!

Le Surcouf av. Mbuji-Mayi, Immeuble Inga Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-99-9933941 For a more relaxed feel. Outdoor terrace, good for a drink, even a bite.

Mbanza-Ngungu

BAS-CONGO Bas-Congo covers the only ocean inlet to the country,

This area offers various excursion possibilities, one of the

and borders Kinshasa province to the north-east and

main attractions being its caves about 5km from the city.

Bandundu province to the east. Its capital is the famous

Among the caves discover the Chief’s Cemetery, an

port of Matadi. It is the smallest province and the only

extraordinary cave where visitors can wander among

one with a coastline (Atlantic Ocean). This province is the

beautiful stalagmites and stalactites along underground

second-most economically dynamic within the country

rivers. Amazing indigenous blind animals can be found in

after Katanga. A very charismatic population with a

these caves such as bats, crickets and cockroaches. The

strong cultural identity, which formerly was one of the

Ndombolozi’s Ashes cave, where colonists set up a 150m

most important African kingdoms, distinguishes Bas-

trail, houses diverse animals such as boas, chameleons,

Congo: the Mani Kongo’s kingdom. The province is

crocodiles and turtles. By walking a little bit further visi-

dominated by an important ethno-cultural entity, the

tors will find blind albino fish!

Bakongo tribe.

Zongo ENTERTAINMENT Sit in awe of the beauty and power of nature. Zongo is

Kisantu

an incredible way to get away from the day-to-day rush

This botanical garden is an amazing Eden with an inside

camp for the weekend or just come for the day. There are

arboretum comprising about 200 species of mostly indi-

small bungalows available as well. In the morning you

and stress. Only three hours from Kinshasa, you can

genous large trees and plants from all over Africa. It is a

can walk down a trail across from the massive waterfall

marvellous site for everyone from scientists to the com-

and shower in the mist!

mon plant lover eager to appreciate some of the world’s natural wonders. The visit lasts an hour; you will discover reconstituted natural environments such as orchards, brooks, forests, meadows etc.

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WHERE TO STAY

Boma

Matadi

Societe Ngimbi Nzau 203 av. Kasa-Vubu Flat Hote l Ledya av. Longo Sita, Q/Kinkanda

WHERE TO EAT

C/Matadi Tel: +243-99-8510504 / 99-992237

Matadi

The most sought-after hotel in Matadi. Book ahead! Le T rein Hotel Che z T onton

Best terrace in town. View of the river

av. PĂŠcherie, Q/CinĂŠ Palace

and port. Nice dishes, large selection.

C/Matadi Tel: +243-99-9908152

Restaurant Me tropole 2 av. Kinkanda

Hotel Metropole

C/Matadi

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Boma Cercle Gues t House

Restaura nt Exce lsior 452 av. Makuku C/Nzadi, Boma

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BANDUNDU Bandundu borders Kinshasa and Bas-Congo to the west,

WHERE TO STAY

Equateur to the north, and Kasaï-Occidental to the east. The capital is also called Bandundu, which formerly was

Kikwit

Banningville. Bandundu is the province with the most imposing and incredible waterfalls, which are spread all

Hotel K wilu

over the famous savannah cut by streams and rivers.

av. Lusanga, District du Kwilu

Villages are mostly located on the plateaus and inhabi-

Bandundu

tants walk down into the valleys daily to cultivate the rich

Tel: +243-81-9812980

resources in the forest.

WHERE TO EAT ENTERTAINMENT Bandundu The Congolese waterfalls are undoubtedly the most beautiful and concentrated in Africa. The Kwango-Kwilu

Chez Caroline

area is known for its Tembo (also called Chutes

Local restaurant. Where to go for a bite or a drink.

Guillaume) and Kakobola waterfalls. The Chutes Guillaume formed by the Kwango River are close to the

T he P riests

Angolan border and are regarded as a natural wonder by

The city’s church makes one to two local dishes daily.

Bandundu’s inhabitants.

Very cheap and good food.

This area boasts numerous awe-inspiring and remote

Kikwit

lakes, such as the Moero Lake, a fishing heaven (be careful with crocodiles!), Tumba and Maï Ndombe Lakes,

Res taurant K wilu

invading the virgin forest, and the Kisale with its splendid

av. Lusanga

aquatic flora.

C/Kwilu Tel: +243-81-9812980

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EQUATEUR Equateur is in the north of the country and borders the Republic of Congo to the west, the Central African Republic to the north, to the south the provinces of Kasaï-Oriental, Kasaï-Occidental and Bandundu, and to the east the Province Orientale. The capital is Mbandaka, located on the Congo River. Equateur is characterized by its tremendous central basin spread over 750,000 square km. In this area the hydrographical density is huge mostly because of continuous rains. The Congo River dominates this area with a canal reach of about 1,700km from Kisangani to Kinshasa. Equateur is also the region where tropical forests are most present, representing the second-largest tropical forest after the Amazon. The equatorial forest comprises several vegetative levels where visitors can admire trees over 40m high.

The River ENTERTAINMENT The river, of course, is another focal point of Equateur.

The National Park of Salonga

From Mbandaka you can easily find a pirogue to go out for a cruise and discover the surrounding banks. Do not

Spread over 3,600,000ha, this park is Africa’s largest tro-

miss the Katongo waterfalls in Libenge!

pical rainforest reserve and among the largest in the world. The park, very isolated and almost inaccessible, is

WHERE TO STAY

located at the heart of the central basin of the Congo River. Only recommended to adventurous visitors! There

Mbandaka

is a fabulous African fauna comprising monkeys such as the indigenous bonobo, dwarf chimpanzees, crocodiles

Benghazi

and hippopotamuses. Lots of animals there are endange-

Newer hotel. Variety of room sizes, en suite or shared

red species such as the Congo peafowl, the forest ele-

bathroom. Somewhat higher standards, but exorbitant

phant, the African slender-snout and the dwarf chimpan-

prices for quality/price ratio. US $50–250.

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The Botanical Garden of Eala

Very basic. Nice staff. Very noisy, especially on weekends, as this is the watering hole of Mbandaka! US $35.

Located about 7km from Mbandaka, this is the third-largest botanical garden in the world. The garden, spread

Le Rocher des Ages

over 370ha, offers a tremendous range of more than

Very basic, but on the river. Lovely sunsets! US $40,

3,200 plant species. Mo n u c H Q

Lake Toumba

The Monuc has two rooms to let. Clean, with 24-hour electricity and Internet access. Not easy to get, so call

A beautiful lake in the Bikula area, near to some villages

ahead. US $40.

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PROVINCE ORIENTALE

Gbadolité VIP in Gbadolité.

WHERE TO EAT

Located in the north-east, Province Orientale is the big-

You can find a variety of little local restaurants around

Kisangani. Its borders are Equateur to the west, Kasaï-

town with local dishes at lunch and dinner. The guest

Oriental to the south-west, Maniema to the south, and

houses and Monuc also serve meals.

Kivu-Nord to the south-east. The province also borders

gest region of the country and its provincial capital is

the Central African Republic and Sudan to the north and

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Uganda to the east. Province Orientale is the scene of the

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The region reflects a real ethnic diversity with four main

ongoing Ituri conflict, which has recently calmed down.

A variety of local bars. More waterfalls

sociocultural groups: Pygmies, Sudanese, Bantous and Nilotiques. Province Orientale is home to the largest concentration of Pygmies in the Ituri forests, who maintain their traditional way of life.

ENTERTAINMENT Near to Kisangani, Province Orientale offers the opportunity to admire the Wagenia floating villages and to see the Wagenia and Lokele fishermen at work.

For adventurers the Ituri forest gives visitors the opportunity to see the okapi, an indigenous animal similar to antelope and zebra.

Bordering

Sudan,

the

Garamba

National

Park

(500,000ha), listed by Unesco as a worldwide heritage site, hosts Nile rhinoceros, the last population of this rare animal. You may also find giraffes here. At Gangala na Bodio visitors can take an elephant-back excursion.

WHERE TO STAY Kisangani The hotel infrastructure is rudimentary but you can still find some accommodation. Three slightly better hotels are: Rivièra V oyageur Hellé nique

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a wild beauty with few animals. Its ochre colour and thousands of termite nests hidden under vegetation characterize the savannah.

ENTERTAINMENT Upemba National Park Spread over 1,200,000ha, this is one of the three national parks that existed before independence. The park is formed on several lakes and humid areas crossed by the Lofoï River within a grassy savannah. Visitors will find lots of diverse animal herds such as lions, leopards, elephants, antelopes and zebras.

National Park of Kundelungus Mid Range

Located 150km from Lubumbashi and spread over

Hôtel de s Chutes

within an outstanding natural environment. Short grass-

Hôtel Congo Palace

land savannah and 800m cliffs dominate the landscape.

240,000ha, the park hosts antelopes and chimpanzees

Hôtel Boyoma

Copper Mines

Hôtel Kisangani Hôtel Palm Beach

The old underground copper mines in Kiputshi are an

WHERE TO EAT

interesting and nice tourist attraction.

Here are some restaurants that you can easily find in Kisangani: Rivie ra Voyageur Hellenique Best cossas (large river shrimp) in town!

KATANGA Katanga is the southern province of the country and its regional capital is Lubumbashi. The nation’s most mineral-rich province, Katanga is often referred to as the lung of the country and is much more developed in terms of hotels, restaurants and even nightlife. The Katanga landscape is symbolized by very high plateaus peaking at 1,000m with abrupt edges where waterfalls emerge. The Lofoï waterfalls are the highest in Africa. Whereas the province was formerly a fauna-rich landscape, today it is

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Belle vue

Lubumbashi

Katanga/Lubumbashi

Coin av. Mwepu et Munongo, opposite the Post Office

Tel: +243-81-5056409 / 81-8151117 In Lubumbashi you will find several quality hotels, and

In the centre of Lubumbashi, 25 apartments and 5

thanks to the revitalization of the city’s economy, this

rooms. US $20–50/night, possibility of monthly contract.

infrastructure is about to be strengthened. Le V agabond Gues t Hous e Mwamini

Small hotel with 9 bedrooms from US $90–110.

Likasi

57B Chaussée Laurent Désiré Tel: +243-99-5927077 Email: emmanuelkasiho@yahoo.fr

Hotel La Scala

Website: www.guesthousemwamini.cd

Comfortable hotel.

From US $100/night, with breakfast and wi-fi connection. Mwamini is a new guest house, right on the principal bou-

Mid Range

levard. Simple but clean rooms with friendly staff, eager to Hôtel Ma ns e l

please. Quiet place to relax after a busy day of work.

Hôtel Bagatelle Pa rk Hotel

Hôtel Trois Fois T rois

50 av. Munongo, town centre

Kolwezi

Tel: +243-99-7032330 This hotel possesses 77 air-conditioned bedrooms, suites and individual apartments. The price

Guest House

varies from US $95–165. The hotel also has a nice restau-

Tel: +243-81-4093933

rant on a patio. Short walk from the artisan market.

Kalemie Planet Hollybum 975 av. Kilela-Balanda

A decade ago Kalemie had several quality hotels but

Tel: +243-99-7030256 / 99 7029389

today the city only has a few lower-end hotels left.

Email: planethotel@ic.lubum.cd Hotel du La c

16 bedrooms, excellent dining service and a disco.

av. Lumumba, town centre, 20 air-conditioned bedrooms. Hotel-Re ka

WHERE TO EAT

696 av. Kapenda Tel: +243-99-7045132 / 81 9715390 34 comfortable bedrooms from US $40, European coo-

Lubumbashi

king and Congolese specialities. La Calebasse Hotel Karavia

78 av. Sendwe, opposite Parc Hôtel

5859 av. Lukonzokwa, Q/Golf

Tel: +243-99-7026625

Tel: +243-99-7027854 / 99-7024126

Nice Congolese specialities. Large choice of cooked vege-

1970s-style, 200 bedrooms from US $50–80, a swimming

tables accompanied by a capitaine or a tilapia, antelope

pool, a restaurant and a bar with a great view of Lubumbashi.

brochettes, chicken, beef, etc.

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Le Bush Camp

Le Village

33 av. Kapwasa (Route de Munama)

Authentic Congolese food under straw huts.

Katanga, Lubumbashi Tel: +243-99-7026316 / 81-4032161

Le Pe rroquet

Email: mathildebenatar@yahoo.fr

588 av. Kasa-Vubu, Lubumbashi

This is the place in Lubumbashi where you can find the

Tel: +243-99-7022930 / 81-4073635

colonial African flavour with an outstanding reception and an elegant decoration.

Ca sa Degli Italiani

Che z Jeanne Poisson

Tel: +243-99-7025756 / 81-331157

200m from Hollybum Hotel

Typical Italian food.

2900 av. Lumumba, Cercle Italien

A unique way of cooking fish (tilipia or capitaine). La Brioche Planet Hollybum

75 Chaussée Laurent Désiré Kabila

975 av. Kilelabalanda, Lubumbashi

Lubumbashi

Tel: +243-99-7030256

Tel: +243-99-7021780 / 99 7021781

Email: planethotel@ic-lubum.cd

Patisserie with menu as well.

Refined setting, European dishes. A delight to the palate. A bit harder on the wallet.

GOING OUT

Park Hote l

Lubumbashi

av. Lomami, Lubumbashi Tel: +243-99-7032330 Email: Cth_parhhotel@yahoo.fr

In Lubumbashi people love to go out and even though during the week everything is quiet, the weekend livens up in plenty of places until the end of the night. Jungles of the DRC

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eBizguides DRC Next to the Moon Located within the Hollybum Hotel, this

nightclub

opens

Friday

and

Saturday, popular with European customers.

Ok api In front of Hewa Bora Airlines office, next to Park Hôtel Lubumbashi Nice Congolese music within the oldest nightclub of the area.

La Brass erie Toni & Tony 63 av. Mzee Kabila Lubumbashi Ideally located in the centre, this is a great place to enjoy a fresh Simba. With a big screen TV and billiards.

distinct seasons, dry and rainy. The Kasaï River, the

Chez Ntemba

Kasaï Occidental basin. Kasaï’s economy mostly relies on

av. Lomami, in front of Palais de Ju stice, Lubumbashi

diamonds, with two main exploitation zones discovered

Renowned all over Congo, even down to South Africa!

in the 1910s, making the DRC the third-largest diamond

Chez Ntemba is the local club de rigeur.

producer in the world. Although these are some of the

second-biggest tributary of the Congo River, supplies the

richest geological areas in the world, they are purely Afonso Club

industrial and lack anything more than very basic infras-

In front of the train station

tructure, with poor electricity and water capacity.

Lubumbashi

ENTERTAINMENT The Copper Belt Nice mix of expat and local crowd.

Mines

Largest club in Lubumbashi. Mbuji-Mayi (industrial exploitation) and Tshikapa (manual exploitation) mines are an interesting visit to understand

GRAND KASAÏ

the economy of the country.

Kasaï is divided into two provinces, Kasaï Occidental, of

Katende I and II Falls

which the capital is Kananga, and Kasaï Oriental, of which the capital is Mbuji-Mayi. These centrally located

Another tourist opportunity not to miss if you are in this

provinces border Equateur and Province Orientale to the

special province.

north, Maniema province to the north-east, Katanga to the south-east, Angola to the south-west and Bandundu to the west. The north is distinguished by a very dense

Fwa and Mukamba Freshwater Lakes

equatorial zone and bogs where you can find hardwood trees such as the wenge and the sapeli. In this area the

The ideal place for fishing and rowing.

climate is humid and tropical. The south is covered by a savannah where the climate is more temperate, with two

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WHERE TO STAY

Mbuji-Mayi

Mbuji-Mayi

Chez Nte mba

Le Tropical La Ca sa

Cargo

Le Kumbi-kumbi

Chez Tanko

L’E quinoxe

Ville de Mbuji-Mayi

Le Tanko

Tel: +243-99-99901451

Kananga

GRAND KIVU

Le Grand Hôtel

Kivu has been affected by several administrative border

Hôtel Musube

changes in the past few years. The province has recently

Le Guest House

been divided into three areas, Maniema, Kivu-Nord and

Le Ce ntre Thabor

Kivu-Sud. In its heyday, Kivu-Nord was regarded as the

Hôtel Elite

country’s tourist centre. Indeed, the province offers

Hôtel Ngimuk a

various amazing landscapes formed by the geological for-

WHERE TO EAT/GOING OUT

whole of eastern Kivu is marked by a huge volcanic

Many hotels will have restaurants, otherwise a few local

lakes shaped by several craters along the volcanoes. As a

places exist for a quick bite.

result, the area is called La Region des Grand Lacs, the

mations from the Zambezi Valley to the Red Sea. The

mountain mass, the Virunga. The region enjoys many

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eBizguides DRC Although Kivu is home to a vast array of awesome landscapes, it is also home to certain political problems and rebel fighting. Kivu-Nord is the only region in which the Congo–Rwanda conflict continues, which makes visiting the many natural wonders of the region difficult. Although the main cities are generally untouched, travelling alone outside of the populous areas is not recommended and some of the parks today should only be visited if escorted by military or government guides as a safety precaution. Ask the provincial Chambers of Commerce and Industry or the National Tourism Office for advice on these matters.

Maniema borders Province Orientale to the north, Katanga to the south, Kivu-Nord and Kivu-Sud to the east, and Kasaï Oriental to the west. Kindu is the capital of the province; it was a significant centre for gold, ivory

Kahuzi Biega National Park

and slave trading during the 19th century when Arab

Spread over 600,000ha and lush with its bamboo forests,

merchants arrived in Maniema. Arab-Swahili slave traders

it remains the only place in the world today where whole

developed an important caravan route to send all these

gorilla families are living.

commodities to Zanzibar. Since that time, the remains of Islam within the Swahili culture continue to be present in

Virunga National Park

Kindu. Africa’s oldest park, encompassing over 800,000ha. You Kivu-Nord shares borders with the Republics of Uganda

can find dormant as well as active volcanoes such as

in the east and Rwanda in the south-east. Its neighbours

Nyrangono, Nyamulagira and Visthumbi. The park is

are Province Orientale to the north and west, Kivu-Sud to

famous because of the various animal herds that visitors

the south and Maniema to the south-west.

can admire. The park boasts hippopotamuses, lions, leopards, elephants, and a huge range of antelopes and tro-

Kivu-Sud is bordered by Kivu-Nord to the north,

pical birds.

Maniema to the west, Rwanda and Burundi to the east and Maniema to the south-west.

Lake Edward

ENTERTAINMENT

Lush aquatic vegetation offering opportunities to see hippopotamuses, crocodiles, pelicans, Nile geese, as well as

Kivu Lake

a vast array of other animals.

Kivu Lake represents one of Central Africa’s treasures. It

MANIEMA

is in fact the highest lake in Africa at 1,460m, lost in the middle of the splendid Graben. Its surface is about 2,700

This Province does not offer as many tourism opportuni-

square km. The northern lake’s shores are formed by lava

ties, but the former slave markets are rather interesting

blocks going up to the volcanoes. The southern part of

to see.

the lake is mostly formed from peninsulas, especially in the Bukavu bay.

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WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Ihusi On the lake

Bukavu

46 rooms Email: ihusihotel@yahoo.fr

Hotel Re side nce Bungw e Guest Hous e

av. Lumumba

City centre Orchids Safari Club

Tel: +243-99-7093167

av. kahuzi Biega

21 rooms

Email: ILAOrchids@ila-chateau.com

Email: bungwegest@yahoo.fr

22 bedrooms and a restaurant, from US $90 per night. Ideal hotel offering a great view of Kivu lake.

Goma

Kindu Because of a lack of electricity and water, hotels and restaurants provide rudimentary services.

Stella Matutina On the lake

WHERE TO EAT

Tel: +243-81-3655900 Email: marnou@hotmail.com

Kindu

Le Cha rlet

A selection of small local restaurants is available.

On the lake Tel: +243-81-3150000

Bukavu

7 bedrooms Orchids Sa fa ri Clubs Hotel Nyra

Lake Kivu, Bukavu

Town centre

Email: ILAOrchids@ila-chateau.com

Tel: +243-99-8611089

Travel Agencies

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TRAVEL AGENCIES Amicongo av. des Aviateurs, Immeuble Amicongo

Okapi T ra ve l

Kinshasa, Gombe

bld du 30 juin

Tel: +243-81-0587275

Tel: +243-99-9915795 / 99-9915082

Email: amicongo@ic.cd

Website: www.okapitravel.best.cd

CTS

Comexas Afrique

bld du 30 juin

15–17 av. Colonel Ebeya

Kinshasa, Gombe

Kinshasa, Gombe

Tel: +243-99-9918740 / 81-9915042

Tel: +243-99-9908920 / 81-9908919 Email: kinshasa@comexas.cd

Je ffery Travel bld du 30 juin Kinshasa, Gombe Tel: +243-81-8887777

BASIC VOCABULARY Every Congolese speaks fluent French and Lingala. French is the official language, used for written communication, and Lingala the preferred language spoken locally. The Lingala language is based on broken French slave traders used to speak to the slaves. From that time it has been kept and evolved as a local language. Lingala is only a spoken language, the written version of which is almost purely phonetic and subject to personal habits and the area in which one have grown up.

ENGLISH

LINGALA

E NGLISH

LINGALA

How are you

boni

How much is it?

oyo boni?

I am fine

malamu

It’s too expensive

ezali talo mingi

I am happy

nazali na esengo

Lower the price

kitisa talo

Please

bolimbisa

Do you speak English/French olobaka anglé/ francé

Thank you

matondo

Let’s go

tokende

I am sorry

naza na mawa

Stop

telema

My name is

nkombo na ngai “…”

Slowly

malembe

What is your name?

nkombo nayo nani?

Come here

yaka awa

Where are you from? Owuti wapi?

Help me

salisa ngai

Yes

boye

Bring

pesa

No

Drinking water

mayi

Some food

ndambu yabiloko

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BASIC VOCABULARY NUMBERS

7

sambo

15

zomi na mitano

50

tuku mitano

8

mwambe

16

zomi na motoba

60

tuku motoba

70

tuku sambo

1

moko

9

libwa

17

zomi na sambo

2

mibalé

10

zomi

18

zomi na mwambe 80

3

misato

11

zomi na moko

19

zomi na libwa

90

tuku libwa

4

minei

12

zomi na mibale

20

tuku mibale

100

monkama

5

mitano

13

zomi na misato

30

tuku misato

1000

nkoto

6

motoba

14

zomi na minei

40

tuku minei

GREE TINGS Hello Goodbye Good Morning Good Evening

losako/mbote boti kala malamu mokolo elamu pokwa elamu

USEFUL WORDS Is it possible to… ? Is there…? No problem

na kokoka … ? Ezali awa… ? likambo ezali té

BAS IC VOCABULARY Where is…? When Go away I You Money Change Good / ok Everything is ok Closed

Ezali wapi…? ntango nini ? kende ngai yo mosolo bongola malamu nyonso malamu kokanga

BUS INES S Company Meeting Available / present Busy Director Ministry, Minister When does he come back? Can I speak to...?

compani bokutani kozala natango kozala mosala patron ministre Ntango nini okozonga? nakoki kosolola na… ?

COMM ON PHRASES I live at the …hotel I want to go… What is it called in Lingala? Do you speak English? I don’t speak Lingala

nafandaka na … loteli nalingi nakende… Babengaka yango nini… na Lingala? Olobaka anglé? nalobaka Lingala té

FOOD & DRINK Water Bread Coffee Milk Tea Milk, cream, sugar Meat Rice Potatoes Lemon Apple Banana Orange Hot Pepper Salt/Pepper do TIME AND SPACE Yesterday Today Tonight Tomorrow Time What time is it? Week Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Straight Left Right Stop here Far

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tuku mwambe

mayi mapa kawa miliki ti miliki, cremi, sukali mosuni loso libenge ndimo pomi bitabé lilala pili pili mungwa/ pili pili ya moyin-

lobi lelo mpokwa lobi ngonga ngonga nini ? poso mokolo mwa poso mokolo ya eyenga mokolo ya yambo mokolo ya ibalé mokolo ya isato mokolo ya minei mokolo ya mitano liboso mpenza loboko ya mwasi loboko ya mobali telema awa mosika


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Top 100 Companies Achour Group Africanus Afriland First Bank (First Bank CD) Air Kasaï Air Kivu Air Tropiques Anvil Mining Services Banque Centrale du Congo Banque Commerciale du Congo (BCDC) Banque Congolaise du Commerce Extérieur (BCCE) Banque de Commerce et du Développement (BCD) Banque Internationale d'Afrique Centrale (BIAC) Banque Internationale de Crédit (BIC) BCM Congo Exploration Beltexco Borgakim Mining Bracongo Bralima Brasseries Simba (Brassimba) Bravo Air Congo British American Tobacco Congo Sarl Business Aviation Celtel Cimenterie Nationale (CINAT) Citibank Cobil Comexas Afrique Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Compagnie de chemin de fer du Katanga Compagnie Sucrière Kwilu-Ngongo Congo Chine Télécoms (CCT) Congo Mine & Metal Congo-Étain Congo-Korea Télécom Congolaise des hydrocarbures (Cohydro) Congotex - textile CRM De Beers Entreprise minière de Kisenge Manganèse (EMKM) FILTISAF - textile Flight Express Frasabank Gécamines Global Broadband Solution Group Chanimetal Group Forrest Hewa Bora Airways INERA InterConnect Leda Mining Congo

Marsavco - margarine, savon, cosmétique Microcom Midema Mineral Mining Company Mines Advisory Group Office congolais de poste et télécommunication (OCPT) Office de la Gestion de Fret Maritime Office national des Transports Phoenix Mining Procredit Bank Raga Rambi Mining Rawbank Regideso Ridge Mining Roffe-Hi-Tech SAIT Telecom (Oasis), Service national hydraulique rural (SNHR Sintexkin - textile Société BRC Congo Developpement Société de développement industriel et minier du Congo (SODIMICO) Société de prospection et d'exploitation (SOPREX) Société de Transport urbain du Congo (STUC) Societé minière de Bakwanga (MIBA) Société minière de Tenke Fungurume (SMTF) Société minière de Tshikapa (MITSHIS) Société Nationale d’Assurance (Sonas) Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) Société nationale des chemins de fer du Congo Socir Socituri - savon Sodefor Sodexmines Sofricom Sogetel Sominex Stanbik Bank Starcel Congo, Starnet Supercell Tabacongo - tabac Télécel Tigo (RDC) Trust Merchant Bank (TMB) Union Congolaise de Banques (UBC) Usine de panification de Kinshasa (UPAK) Vodacom Wimbi Dira Airways

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COMPANY INDEX INVESTMENT & LEGAL FRAMEWORK AGENCE NATIONAL POUR L'INVESTISEMENT (ANAPI) ..................................................................................PAGE 51 FÉDÉRATION DES ENTREPRISES DU CONGO (FEC) ........................................................................................PAGE 51 FONDS DE PROMOTION DE L' INDUSTRIE (FPI)..............................................................................................PAGE 53

AGRICULTURE BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO SARL ........................................................................................................PAGE 101 COMPAGNIE SUCRIÈRE DE KWILI-NGONGO ..............................................................................................PAGE 101 MARSAVCO SARL ....................................................................................................................................PAGE 102 MIDEMA MINOTERIE DE MATADI ..............................................................................................................PAGE 102 MINOCONGO GROUP ..............................................................................................................................PAGE 102 SIFORCO ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 106 SODEFOR ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 106

ENERGY COBIL ......................................................................................................................................................PAGE 111 CONGO OIL ..............................................................................................................................................PAGE 112 MAGENERGY INC ....................................................................................................................................PAGE 112 PERENCO GROUP ......................................................................................................................................PAGE 113 REGIDESO ................................................................................................................................................PAGE 115 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CONGO ..................................................................................................................PAGE 115 SEP-CONGO ..............................................................................................................................................PAGE 118 SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE D’ELECTRICITÉ (SNEL) ..............................................................................................PAGE 118 SOCIR ......................................................................................................................................................PAGE 119 SOCO E&P-DRC SPRL ................................................................................................................................PAGE 122

FINANCE AFRILAND FIRST BANK ..............................................................................................................................PAGE 126 BANQUE CENTRALE DU CONGO ..............................................................................................................PAGE 127 BANQUE COMMERCIALE DU CONGO ......................................................................................................PAGE 128 BANQUE CONGOLAISE SARL ....................................................................................................................PAGE 129 BANQUE INTERNATIONALE POUR L’AFRIQUE AU CONGO (BIAC) ..............................................................PAGE 130 DELOITTE AND TOUCHE CONGO SPRL ......................................................................................................PAGE 131 GRAS SAVOYE RDC ..................................................................................................................................PAGE 131 MASTER TEAM CONSULTING ....................................................................................................................PAGE 132 RAWBANK ................................................................................................................................................PAGE 132 SOFICOM ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 134

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COMPANY INDEX SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE D’ASSURANCE (SONAS) ..........................................................................................PAGE 135 TRUST MERCHANT BANK SARL ................................................................................................................PAGE 136

INDUSTRY & TRADE ACHOUR GROUP ......................................................................................................................................PAGE 143 BELTEXCO ................................................................................................................................................PAGE 143 BRALIMA ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 144 CFAO ........................................................................................................................................................PAGE 145 CONGO-FUTUR SARL ................................................................................................................................PAGE 146 DOVER COSMETICS ..................................................................................................................................PAGE 147 GHANDOUR ..............................................................................................................................................PAGE 148 GROUPE BLATTNER ELWYN (GBE) ............................................................................................................PAGE 148 GROUPE FORREST ....................................................................................................................................PAGE 149 GROUPE ORGAMAN ................................................................................................................................PAGE 150 MAFRICOM ..............................................................................................................................................PAGE 150 SAFRICAS..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 153

MINING ANVIL MINING ..........................................................................................................................................PAGE 158 ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS KILO SARL ............................................................................................................PAGE 159 BOSS MINING............................................................................................................................................PAGE 159 CHEMAF SARL ..........................................................................................................................................PAGE 162 CS COBIT ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 163 DRC COPPER COBALT PROJECT (DCP) ......................................................................................................PAGE 167 EMAXON SPRL ..........................................................................................................................................PAGE 167 FIRST QUANTUM MINERALS LTD ..............................................................................................................PAGE 169 GÉNÉRALE DE CARRIÈRES ET DES MINES (GECAMINES) ............................................................................PAGE 171 SOCIÉTÉ MINIÈRIE DE BAKWANGA (MIBA) ................................................................................................PAGE 171 RUASHI MINING PROJECT ........................................................................................................................PAGE 176 SOCIÉTÉ POUR LE TRAITEMENT DU TERRIL DE LUBUMBASHI (STL) ............................................................PAGE 176 TENKE FUNGURUME MINING ....................................................................................................................PAGE 179

PUBLIC SERVICES CENTRE MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL ..........................................................................................................PAGE 183 CENTRE MEDICAL DE KINSHASA (CMK) ....................................................................................................PAGE 183 BIAMBA-MARIE MUTOMBO HOSPITAL ......................................................................................................PAGE 184 SHALINA ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 184 UNIVERSITÉ DE KINSHASA ........................................................................................................................PAGE 187

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COMPANY INDEX UNIVERSITÉ DE LUBUMBASHI ....................................................................................................................PAGE 187 ZENUFA LABORATORIES ............................................................................................................................PAGE 188

PUBLIC WORKS CHANIMETAL ............................................................................................................................................PAGE 194 CILU-CIMENTERIE DE LUKULA ..................................................................................................................PAGE 194 CINAT-CIMENTERIE NATIONALE ................................................................................................................PAGE 195 GÉNÉRAL CONSTRUCT ..............................................................................................................................PAGE 196 MIKE PROMOTION - STEVER CONSTRUCT ................................................................................................PAGE 197 MOBIMETAL..............................................................................................................................................PAGE 197

TOURISM BOTANICAL GARDEN OF EALA..................................................................................................................PAGE 206 BOTANICAL GARDEN OF KISANTU ............................................................................................................PAGE 206 GRAND HOTEL KINSHASA ........................................................................................................................PAGE 207 HOTEL MEMLING ......................................................................................................................................PAGE 208 INSTITUTE CONGOLAIS POUR LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE (ICCN) ..................................................PAGE 208 LOLA YA BONOBO ....................................................................................................................................PAGE 210 RÉSIDENCE HOTELIÈRE SOFIA ....................................................................................................................PAGE 210 VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK........................................................................................................................PAGE 211

TRANSPORT AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL TRADERS (AFRITRANS) ......................................................................................PAGE 216 AGETRAF SDV ..........................................................................................................................................PAGE 217 CAA COMPAGNIE AFRICAINE D’AVIATION................................................................................................PAGE 218 CELTEL ......................................................................................................................................................PAGE 219 COMEXAS AFRIQUE ..................................................................................................................................PAGE 220 CYBERNET ................................................................................................................................................PAGE 220 GENERALCO ............................................................................................................................................PAGE 221 GLOBAL BROADBAND SOLUTIONS ............................................................................................................PAGE 222 ONATRA ..................................................................................................................................................PAGE 222 SNCC - SOCIETE NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER DU CONGO ..............................................................PAGE 224 TIGO ........................................................................................................................................................PAGE 225 TRANS AIR CARGO ..................................................................................................................................PAGE 226

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