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Population: 81.34 mn.
GDP: $37.24 bn.
Debt: $5.13 bn.

news from Congo-Kinshasa

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More muddles in the mines

It seems impossible to keep politicians, and suspect characters, away from Congo’s rich mineral resources

The review of Congo-Kinshasa’s contested mining contracts was completed months ago but the business is still clogged in the mire of decision-making. One victim is Kingamyambo Muson...

The fight for cellphones

Amid local trade wars, Vodacom-Congo is feeling the pinch and contemplating pulling out of the DRC

Vodacom-Congo may be Congo-Kinshasa’s largest mobile telephone concern, with more than 4 million subscribers, although its rival Zain claims to have more. Vodacom’s internal battle...

Elections loom as Kabila comes under fire from all sides

Next month, Congolese will mark 50 troubled years of Independence from Belgium amid growing concern about security and development prospects under President Kabila’s government. Kabila and the ruling PPRD are feverishly preparing for elections next year and are ramping up the nationalist rhetoric. They want the UN peacekeepers out as soon as possible to reassert the country’s independence. They also want to pressure the foreign mining and oil companies to boost state revenue.

President Joseph Kabila and the ruling Parti du Peuple pour la Reconstruction et le Développement (PPRD) have called for the United Nations’ peacekeepers to quit Congo-Kinshasa as ...

The UN packs its bags

The Mission des Nations Unies en République Démocratique du Congo (Monuc) believes it has made progress in its stabilisation strategy for eastern Congo. Since the beginning of 2009...

River raid

A raid on Mbandaka, capital of Equateur Province, underlines the nation’s insecurity. Between 40 and 60 men of the Enyele people arrived on the riverboat Malaika (‘Angel’) armed wi...

Le scandale pétrolier

The country now produces a paltry 25,000 barrels a day but the big international oil companies are lining up to buy their way into Congo-Kinshasa. Smaller companies have been locked in wrangles with each other and successive Kinshasa officials for several years. New blocks are likely to be offered in a licensing round that will open up new parts of Congo to exploration; competition for disputed blocks is heating up. But will the oil boom boost economic development or just repeat the confusion and corruption of the mining sector?

President Joseph Kabila is blocking exploration contracts that were granted several years ago and the lack of his approval has left several companies hanging on in Kinshasa, hoping...

Contractual confusion

The disputes about Congo-Kinshasa’s oil concessions, licences, claims and terms have grown so tangled that, we hear, President Joseph Kabila may ask Uganda for help with a review. ...

The next oil scramble

A new battle for oil blocks has started in the troubled north-east after France’s Total announced that it was seeking acreage in the Lake Albert basin, in alliance with Ireland’s f...

Kabila's new slim-look cabinet

A cabinet reshuffle brings in a few new faces but fails to find the promised seats for the CNDP

It was supposed to be a reshuffle for austerity, in preparation for next year’s elections, and the government’s heavyweights hold on to their jobs, notably Alexis Thambwé Mwamba (F...

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