EENI-Business School

Business in DR Congo

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Kinshasa. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Central Africa)
  2. Doing Business in Kinshasa
  3. Economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  4. International Trade of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  5. Business and Investment Opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    1. Health and education
    2. Water and electricity
    3. Housing
    4. Industry
    5. Energy
  6. Case Study:
    1. Infrastructures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    2. Agriculture, fishing, and breeding
    3. Mines and hydrocarbons
    4. Amini Kajunju
    5. Feronia Inc. (oil palm)
    6. TEXAF
  7. Introduction to French and Swahili
  8. Access to the Congolese market
  9. Business Plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Congolese economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  3. To explore the trade relations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the country of the student
  4. To know Congo's Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of the Congolese business people and companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Congolese market
Subject “Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Course: Central Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Africa
  4. Degree in Inter-African Business

Course learning materials in English or French République démocratique du Congo Portuguese Congo Spanish Congo

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”: 3 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

Sample of the subject - Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

We Trust in Africa

Dr Albert Bialufu, EENI Professor in DR Congo.

Description of the Subject: International Trade and Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Amini Kajunju (Congolese Businesswoman)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: The third most populated nation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

99 millions of Congolese in 2025.

Mining and petrol represent 75% of the total export.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) is the third most populated nation in Sub-Saharan Africa (72 millions of people), and the second regarding the area.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is gifted with abundant human and natural resources, including a tropical forest; is the second in the World by area, fertile soil, abundant rainfall and significant and varied mineral resources.

  1. Congolese population: 72 million inhabitants. 99 million in 2025
  2. Median age: 17.4 years old
  3. Main cities on the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kinshasa (capital, 9.3 millions of people), Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga, and Kisangani
  4. Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)
  5. Languages: French (official), Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Swahili, and Tshiluba
  6. The borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are Angola, Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia
  7. 6% of the World tropical reserves
  8. 106 million Mw of power energy
  9. Mineral resources: cobalt, gold, diamond, iron ore, bauxite, coltan, limestone, nickel-chromium)
  10. Area: 2,345,410 square kilometres. Second-largest country on the African continent (four times the size of France)
  11. Unitary Republic. Constitution (2005)
  12. Independence: 1960 (Belgium)

Religion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Christianity: Catholicism (36 million) and Protestants (12 million, 20% of the population; Baptists: 1,9 million).

The Democratic Republic of the Congo belongs to the Central African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

  1. Elikia M'Bokolo

Economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  1. The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Africa) began to recuperate in 2010, with estimations showing real GDP growth increasing to 8.1% (2.8% in 2009) and mostly driven by mining (due to higher world prices)
  2. Main contributors to total growth were mining (12%), construction (10%) and wholesale and retail trade (6%)
  3. The Economy of Congo is esteemed to grow at 6.5% over the next two years
  4. The World Bank projects the economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is set to increase to 7% annually for the next biennium. (Source: African Development Bank)
  5. Mining (copper, cobalt, diamonds, gold, zinc and other metals) and petrol represent 75% of the total export revenues of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 25% of its gross domestic product

International Trade of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  1. International position of the Democratic Republic of the Congo advanced thanks to good oil price levels, improved productivity from some reserves, and recuperation in timber exports

Nearest ports:

  1. Port of Luanda (Katanga) and Port of Lobito (Angola)
  2. Port of Maputo (Lubumbashi - Mozambique: 1,600 kilometres)
  3. Port of Mombasa (Kenya): Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  4. Port of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
  5. Port of Walvis Bay (Namibia). Via the Trans-Caprivi Corridor - Southern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Trade the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Trans-African Corridors:

  1. Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor
  2. Northern Corridor
  3. North-South Corridor
  4. Lagos-Mombasa Corridor
  5. Central Corridor
  6. Lobito Corridor
  7. Beira-Lobito Corridor

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's Free Trade Agreements:

  1. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  2. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  3. Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  4. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement
  5. Nile Basin Initiative
  6. International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
  7. Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region
  8. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou)
  9. African Growth and Opportunity Act. (AGOA-United States)
  10. COMESA-United States Agreement
  11. Africa (Congo)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  12. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  13. Africa (Congo)-BRICS

Custom Union of the Southern African Development Community

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a member of:

  1. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  2. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  3. Forum Africa (DR Congo) China
  4. Forum Africa (DR Congo) India
  5. African Development Bank
  6. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  7. African Union (AU)

Samples - Business in DR Congo

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL)

Lobito Corridor Africa

COMESA Custom Union

SADC Common Market (Southern African Development Community)

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement (Africa)

African Northern Corridor

Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor (Trans-African Highway)

Lobito-Beira Corridor (Trans-African Highway 9)

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