Menas Associates recently co-hosted an event on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which explored some of the potential opportunities and challenges surrounding the DRC’s political and commercial environment. Speakers included Ben Shepherd, Director of the Africa Research Group, and the Managing Director of Levin Sources, Holger Grundel.

The DRC — Africa’s second largest country in Africa and bordering nine countries — has the potential to become a regional economic driving force because of its vast natural resources and strategic location. The long awaited presidential elections in December 2018 saw the first peaceful post-independence transfer of power since 1960. The officially declared winner, Felix Tshisekedi, was sworn into office in January despite evidence that his main challenger Martin Fayulu probably won a landslide victory. Despite allegations that the election was fraudulent and potentially manipulated by former president Joseph Kabila the relatively peaceful handover of power has demonstrated the country’s progress.

This breakfast briefing addressed:

  • The Kabila-Tshisekedi transition and post-election environment
  • The country’s future political risk profile
  • The political economy and regional security
  • The opportunities and outlook for business, trade and investment

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