Doing Business in DR Congo

EENI- School of International Business

Subject (Course): International Trade and 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. The 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
    - Health and education
    - Water and electricity
    - Housing
    - Industry
    - Energy
  6. Case Study:
    - Infrastructures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    - Agriculture, fishing, and breeding
    - Mines and hydrocarbons
    - Amini Kajunju
    - Feronia Inc. (oil palm)
    - TEXAF
  7. Introduction to French and Swahili
  8. Access to the Congolese market
  9. Business Plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Objectives of the subject “Doing Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”:

  1. To analyse the Congolese economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  3. To explore trade relations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the student's country
  4. To know Congo's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of Congolese businesspeople 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. Professional Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Course Doing Business in Central Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business (MIB), Africa

Course learning materials in En or Fr Congo RD Pt Congo Es Congo

  1. Credits of the subject “Business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”: 3 ECTS/1.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

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

We Trust in Africa

Dr Albert Bialufu, EENI Professor in DR Congo.

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

Amini Kajunju Democratic Republic Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: the third most population 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:

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

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. The main cities in 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. The Unitary Republic. Constitution (2005)

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 of the African Civilisation.

  1. Elikia M'Bokolo

The 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. 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. 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 DR 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. Cotonou Agreement
  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

SADC Customs Union

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 Central African

Economic Community Great Lakes

Lobito Corridor Project

COMESA Customs Union

SADC Common Market

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite

African Northern Corridor

Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor

Lobito-Beira Corridor



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