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Vol 38 No 16

Published 1st August 1997


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The backers of Kabila's war now want a return on their investment

Congo-Kinshasa's neighbours and foreign investors had high hopes of business gains following the overthrow of Mobutu Sese Seko but the old dictator's legacy of institutional collapse and corruption has cast a shadow over the new government's plans for economic renewal. Regional trade is growing fast and there is some new mining investment but many outsiders are holding back. Much depends on whether President Laurent-Désiré Kabila, whose control over the government's military and security still seems shaky, can consolidate.

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