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Democratic Republic Congo: Conflict escalation linked to deadly Mpox threat

At least 25 million people have been caught up in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a neglected health emergency continues to unfold at an alarming rate, the UN health agency said on Friday

For decades, conflict in the mineral-rich eastern DRC has triggered alarming levels of violence, mass displacement, widespread disease, gender-based violence and severe mental trauma, explained Dr Adelheid Marschang, Senior Emergency Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO). Today, the vast central African nation now has the “highest number of people in…

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Minister of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to Promote Critical Mineral Prospects at Critical Minerals Africa (CMA)

CMA 2024 will host a country spotlight showcasing the DRC’s critical mineral industry, investment opportunities and contribution to the global energy transition

Multilateral development finance institution the African Development Bank announced a $7 million trade finance guarantee facility to Access Bank DR Congo to support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and local businesses in February 2024. The financing aims to address the funding shortages that impede the growth of SMEs and their…

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United Nation envoy highlights alarming violence and neglected humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has resulted in alarming levels of violence and widespread civilian displacement, the UN envoy for the country reported on Monday

Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Bintou Keita, informed the Security Council of an attack on the residence of a Congolese politician, during which two police officers were killed. M23’s rapid expansion Ms. Keita, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO), expressed grave concern over the rapid growth of…

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United States Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa vs Chinese Influence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (By Jean-Pierre ALUMBA LUKAMBA)

It is critical that the United States works to rebalance its relations with African countries, especially as the continent undergoes dramatic demographic and economic changes

By Jean-Pierre ALUMBA LUKAMBA. Jean-Pierre Alumba Lukamba is the International Executive Director for AFRICAN DIASPORA FOR DEVELOPMENT (http://www.African-Diaspora.org). U.S. policymakers on both sides of the aisle have grown more anxious about Russia and China influence on the African continent as China/Russia-Africa relations have deepened in a variety of areas, including trade and…

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Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) invests in Africa's largest copper complex, driving mineral beneficiation on the continent

Kamoa-Kakula is a world-class, high-grade, low carbon-intensive, underground copper deposit situated on the western edge of the prolific Central African Copperbelt

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) (www.AfricaFC.org), the continent’s leading infrastructure solutions provider, is pleased to announce the closing of a US$150 million senior loan with Kamoa Copper to support the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The loan by AFC, who acted both as lender…

Source: Amnesty International |

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): President Tshisekedi must use second term to tackle human rights crisis

The authorities must also adopt human rights-friendly legislation that protects and promotes the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s President Felix Tshisekedi must use his second and final term in office to address the human rights crisis engulfing the country, Amnesty International said following the inauguration of the country’s new government on 11 June. The new government is led by Prime Minister Judith…

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Targeting human rights defenders must stop, United Nations (UN) expert says

From June 2023 to April 2024, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC documented incidents of intimidation, threats of physical violence, attacks and acts of reprisals targeting 387 human rights defenders and 67 journalists

A UN expert today expressed alarm at increasing targeting of human rights defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in villages and provinces in the east of the country, as the armed conflict intensifies. “Attacks, intimidation and killings of human rights defenders continue on a daily basis in…

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Afreximbank signs agreement for US$100-million trade finance facility to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rawbank

The facility is also expected to help reduce pressure on the country’s balance of payments using the trade finance instrument offered by the Afreximbank Trade Finance Facility (AFTRAF) programme

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) (www.Afreximbank.com) has signed an agreement for a US$100-million trade finance facility in favour of Rawbank to assist the Bank increase trade flows into and out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The facility, the largest trade finance facility ever provided by Afreximbank to a commercial…

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo as violence against children reaching ‘staggering scale’

UN-verified data show 30 per cent increase in grave violations against children in eastern DRC during first three months of this year compared to last quarter of 2023

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the first time this week, as escalating violence and mass displacement in the eastern part of the country pushes the number of grave violations against children towards a peak. “The staggering scale of the conflict in…

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Africa Finance Corporation and Alstom Partnership Boosts Kinshasa Rail Project

The project will unfold in four phases, starting with the overhaul of a 25km stretch from Kinshasa's central station to N’Djili International Airport, completely upgrading the existing railway

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) (www.AfricaFC.org), the continent's leading infrastructure solutions provider, together with Alstom, a pioneer in sustainable mobility, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to propel the development of the MetroKin rail project Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. This significant partnership was announced alongside the recent state visit…