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Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Political Economy Summary

Capital Kinshasa
Independence 30 June 1960
Head of State H.E. Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo
Head of Government P.M. Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge
Minister of Foreign Affairs Christophe Lutundula Apala
Minister of Finance Nicolas Kazadi
Central Bank Governor Malangu Kabedi-Mbuyi
Next National Elections Date Dec 2023
Government Website https://www.primature.cd/public/
Parliament Website http://www.senat.cd/

Click on a thumbnail below to read the relevant PESA Editorial regarding the DRC.

PESA Editorial on the DRC: 1H2023/24
The DRC’s exports have continued recovering from the shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s total merchandise exports continued recovering to USD 23.5 billion ...
PESA Editorial on the DRC: 2H2022/23
The DRC’s exports have continued recovering from the shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s total merchandise exports continued recovering to USD 23.5 billion ...
PESA Editorial on the DRC: 1H2022/23
Accurate and balanced analysis of the political economy in the DRC ...
Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in the DRC: FY2019/20
Comorian merchandise export earnings have been growing steadily since 2016 despite the persistent trade deficit. The growth in merchandise export earnings has not been sufficient ...
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Click on a thumbnail below to read the relevant PESA Regional Integration Monitor relating to the DRC.

SADC in the Global Year of Elections
The April 2024 issue provides an update on the current state of regional integration in SADC by evaluating the region in the global year of ...
O Estado da Integração Regional na SADC [PT]
O relatório de Setembro de 2023 fornece uma actualização sobre o estado actual da integração regional na SADC, avaliando os desafios, conquistas e perspectivas para ...
L'état de l'intégration régionale dans la SADC [FR]
Le rapport de septembre 2023 fait le point sur l'état actuel de l'intégration régionale dans la SADC en évaluant les défis, les réalisations et les ...
The State of Regional Integration in SADC [EN]
The September 2023 provides an update on the current state of regional integration in SADC by evaluating the challenges, achievements, and prospects for the future ...
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Click on a thumbnail below to view the latest PESA Policy Dialogues on issues relating to the DRC.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic in SADC
Interview about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in SADC. The discussion evaluates the various impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the regional economy, government ...
The Impact of the Corona Virus in Africa
Interview about the impact of the Corona Virus in Africa and whether South Africa and other African countries are prepared to deal with the epidemic ...
Political Economy Review: Rwanda-Uganda Relations and DRC Conflict
Interview analysing the rising tensions after Rwanda prohibited Ugandan trucks from entering its territory and its citizens from cross the Katuna border which is the ...
Political Economy Review: DRC's Mining Reforms
Interview about the DRC's 2018 mining sector reforms including the voiding of existings agreements which will increase their operational costs. Faced with great civil unrest ...
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Congolese Coat Arms

The Congolese coat arms has changed several times since 1997. The current one was introduced in 2006 and depicts a leopard head, surrounded by an elephant tusk to the left and a spear to the right. Below are the three words which make up the national motto: Justice, Paix, Travail which means “Justice, Peace, Work” in French. The current coat of arms was adopted by President Joseph Kabila on 18 February 2006.


PESA DRC

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DRC Geographic Location
Geographic Location

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in the Congo River Basin, which covers an area of almost 1,000,000 square kilometres. The country’s only outlet to the Atlantic Ocean is a narrow strip of land on the north bank of the Congo River.

The vast, low-lying central area is a plateau-shaped basin sloping toward the west, covered by tropical rainforest and crisscrossed by rivers. A large portion of this area has been categorised by the World Wildlife Fund as the Central Congolese lowland forests eco-region. The forest centre is surrounded by mountainous terraces in the west, plateaus merging into savannahs in the south and southwest. Dense grasslands extend beyond the Congo River in the north. High mountains of the Ruwenzori Range (some above 5,000 m) are found on the eastern borders with Rwanda and Uganda.

Congolese Cities
Congolese Cities

PESA Team in Kinshasa

Serge Basingene Hadisi

Serge is a Senior Analyst at PESA.

Isaac Kikombo

Isaac is a Graduate Analyst at PESA.

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