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Vol 44 No 24

Published 5th December 2003


After the war economy

Kinshasa has high hopes of the World Bank consultative group meeting in Paris on 17-18 December, where eight Congolese ministers will argue for more aid to consolidate the peace. At the top of the agenda is more money for the Programme Multisectoriel d'Urgence pour la Reconstruction et la Réhabilitation (PMURR). Initial estimates of US$1.7 billion covered territory controlled by President Joseph Kabila's government; now the Kinshasa power-sharing government wants the PMURR to cover former rebel territories in Equateur Province and the east. Planning Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba says another $1.3 bn. at least will be needed.

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