Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Official Name: Democratic Republic of Congo
Independence Day: 30 June 1960
Currency: Congolese franc (CDF)
- 12,000 women benefitted from five projects implemented in DRC. The project undertaken by the CTPA (Centre de Transformation des Produits Alimentaires) assisted women to develop skills in processing food products. For instance, the development of a Food Processing Centre enhanced the capacities of 400 women to be trained in the field of food processing. Training was provided to the women on cultivation techniques and marketing utilising 33 hectares of land brought into cultivation during the project period. Replanting of forests was also initiated in order to prevent soil erosion, thereby conserving and sustaining arable soil in the region.
- An African tailor-made curricula for health care has been implemented, specifically aimed at enhancing nurses’ competence and skills to deliver high quality primary health care services and thereby contributing to improving the health care systems. The specialist programme in maternal and child health was implemented by the University of Free State, South Africa and hosted by the Institut Superieur des Techniques Medicales de Lubumbashi in the DRC.
- DRC is among the first 12 countries to have domesticated an adapted version of the African Union Model on Medical Products in 2017, which aims to improve access to quality and safe drugs and to fight the circulation of fake medical products in the country.
- DRC is expected to benefit from the Hydro-Inga III Basse Chute (BC) Hydropower Project, which involves the construction of a 4,800 Megawatt hydropower plant and associated high-voltage transmission lines. An intake of part of the water of the Congo River into the neighbouring Bundi Valley will be built as well as a dam across the Bundi Valley to allow impoundment of the diverted water. The project will not require construction of a dam on the Congo River itself.
- The Transmission - Central African Interconnection Transmission Line Project entails the construction of a 3,800 kilometre transmission line system from the DRC to South Africa through Angola, Gabon, Namibia and to the north to Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Chad.
- Increased collaboration and peer learning among public sector agencies from Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia working on cross-boundary infrastructure projects was strengthened. Infrastructure experts were also trained in negotiation skills, infrastructure financing and leadership skills.
- The Ruzizi III Hydroelectric plant has a capacity of 145 Megawatt to share power among Rwanda, Burundi and DRC promoted by CEPGL.
- The Northern Multimodal Corridor is designed to modernise the highest priority multimodal ARTIN corridor on modern standards (climbing lanes and urban bypasses) in East Africa. This programme aims to facilitate travel by people and goods across the borders between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
- The Soil and Terrain Database for Central Africa is being compiled in DRC. It forms part of the ongoing activities to update the world’s baseline information on natural resources. The present SOTERCAF database has been compiled by merging all existing data on soils in the Central Africa region. About one hundred and sixty described and analysed soil profiles have been included in the database. Landform and lithological information is also included.
- Africa has agreed to commit 100 Million hectares of land for restoration through the application of the restoration opportunities assessment methodology. To-date, DRC has committed 8 million hectare.
- DRC signed the CAADP Compact in 2011, committing to prioritise agricultural development and transformation. Technical experts were deployed to undertake independent technical reviews of its National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP). An Independent Technical Review (ITR) of DRC’s NAIP and the Business Meeting took place in 2003. In addition, agriculture public expenditure studies were conducted.