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Economic mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Economic mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Is the DRC one of your target markets for export? Regardless of your line of business, join our multi-sectoral economic and commercial mission, organised with AWEX and FIT, from 28 March to 4 April 2020 in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.

 

The DRC is the second-largest country in Africa by area and is currently experiencing a demographic boom (its population will have more than doubled by 2030). Its economy is growing at a steady pace (6% to 7% for the past five years). Both in terms of infrastructure and resources, the country has development potential unparalleled in Africa. However, the potential remains largely untapped…

Five days of intensive B2B meetings

We will provide you with a programme adapted to your business profile coordinated by Jérôme Roux, our on-site Economic and Commercial Attaché. The programme is focused on five key sectors in high demand: healthcare, water and sanitation, energy, transport and agriculture.

You will participate in market prospecting activities, field visits and meetings with both already-established Belgian companies and potential business partners and clients in the political and economic capitals of the country.

A second opportunity in the fall

Not travelling with us in spring? Your company isn’t active in one of the target sectors? Reserve the following dates in your agenda: from 27 September to 3 October, a second economic and commercial mission from Brussels will be travelling to Kinshasa, under the joint leadership of Pascal Smet, Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region and head of foreign trade and Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region government.

The digital/multimedia/ICT, legal, recycling, waste treatment, circular economy and healthcare sectors will be the focus of this mission.

Practical information

Target sectors:

  • Healthcare

The DRC healthcare sector offers significant potential for the construction and equipping of healthcare buildings and infrastructure. This includes, in particular, hospitals, medical and biological analysis laboratories and training centres.

  • Water and sanitation

The DRC holds 55% of Africa’s freshwater reserves. Paradoxically, only 22% of its total population has access to potable water (12% in rural areas and 37% in urban areas). Taking the DRC’s current 3% demographic growth rate into account, 72 million people will need to have access to clean drinking water in the next 16 years.

  • Promising sub-sectors

Research and consulting firms specialising in the water sector.

  1. Companies specialising in water production, transport and distribution.
  2. Companies with potable water and water treatment solutions.
  3. Well-drilling companies.
  4. Water sector equipment suppliers: pumps, filters, etc.
  5. Water sector training companies or institutes.
  6. Water bottling and bagging companies. 
  7. Energy

The DRC’s exploitable hydroelectric energy potential is estimated at 774,000 MW, i.e. 66% of central Africa’s potential, 35% of Africa’s total potential and 8% of the world’s annual potential production. In fact, the DRC is the leader in central Africa (followed by Cameroon, at 115,000 MW). However, only 3% of this energy potential is currently developed, with national access rates of less than 10%.

SNEL, the national electricity company, is searching for private partners.

Other renewable energy sources also provide interesting possibilities:

  1. biomass (fermentation of agricultural or silvicultural waste and electricity production via the Rankine cycle (vapour and turbine)) and biofuels (liquid combustibles derived from vegetable oils such water hyacinth or jatropha): only 0.3% of available energy is being currently exploited;

  2. solar energy: the exploitation of direct solar energy (thermal and photovoltaic) still remains in the very early stages despite the DRC’s potential (an average of 1,300 to 2,600 hours of sunshine per year and average solar radiation varying between 60 and 90 kcal/m2).
  • Promising sub-sectors
  1. Research and engineering firms.
  2. Companies specialising in electricity production, transport and distribution.
  3. Training in energy sector careers.
  4. Electrical installations (low-, medium- and high-voltage panels, power generators, turbines, solar panels, etc.).

 

  • Agriculture and livestock farming

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has an exceptional agronomic potential and an area of agricultural land that is unrivalled in Africa. Intensive agriculture would allow it to feed two billion people. Instead, barely 10% of this agricultural land is developed and the yields per hectare are similar to those of Sahel countries, even though the ecoclimatic data throughout the country are favourable to agriculture.

As a result, the agribusiness sector in the DRC represents a significant investment opportunity which is likely to be stable in the mid and long terms, given the size of the market and rapidly growing needs.

  • Promising sub-sectors

 

  1. Agricultural installations and equipment: fruit processing plants, dairies and dairy products, breweries adapted to developing countries, processing and packaging.

  2. Meat industry: veterinary products, animal genetics, meat processing (butchering, charcuterie).

  3. Fishing industry: the RDC’s potential fishery output is 700,000 tonnes. Only 100,000 tonnes of fish are consumed currently.

  4. Vegetable crops (subsistence crops and perennial crops): maize, rice, cassava (cassava is potentially the leading agribusiness), bananas (plantains and sweet bananas), potatoes, fruits and vegetables, market gardening, coffee (coffee was worth 200 million dollars in export revenue), cacao (cacao for the export market could reach 200,000 tonnes per year in 10 years).

  5. Biofuels are a future industry.

 

Provisional programme (TBC)

Saturday, 28 March 2020 | Brussels – Kinshasa

  • 6:55 pm: Arrival in Kinshasa on the Brussels Airlines flight
  • 8:00 pm: Check-in at the Pullman Hotel, 4, avenue des Batetela, Gombe

 

Sunday, 29 March 2020 | Kinshasa

  • 11:30 am: Briefing with the participants at the hotel: presentation of the Belgian companies and of the mission programme

 Monday, 30 March 2020 | Kinshasa                    

Opening seminar for the mission

Topic: “How to tackle the challenge of diversifying the economy of the DRC: the contribution of Belgian expertise”.

Location: Pullman Hotel (Congo Room)

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Participant welcome
  • 9:00 am – 9:05 am: Opening statement
  • 9:05 am – 9:15 am: Welcome speech by the Belgian ambassador to the RDC
  • 9:15 am – 9:30 am: Speech by the Minister of Economy
  • 9:30 am – 9:45 am: Speech
  • 9:45 am – 10:00 am: Speech
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am: Presentation of the mission programme and of the Belgian companies participating in the mission by Jérôme Roux, economic and commercial advisor for the three regions of Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Coffee break and/or B2B meetings
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm: B2B
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Reception at the Belgian ambassador’s residence in Kinshasa

 

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | Kinshasa

  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Intercompany meetings at the hotel
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm: B2B meetings at the hotel
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Reception at the residence of Kathryn Brahy, General Delegate of Wallonia-Brussels

 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 | Kinshasa-Lubumbashi

  • 7:00 am: Departure from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi
  • 10:20 am: Arrival in Lubumbashi
  • 12:00 pm: Check-in at the hotel and lunch | Grand Karavia Hotel

Patrick Kibambe, Banqueting Coordinator

55, Route du Golf, Quartier Golf

Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 4:00 pm: Opening of the mission in Haut-Katanga
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Reception of the Congolese participants
  • 4:30 pm – 4:35 pm: Opening statement
  • 4:35 pm – 4:45 pm: Welcome address by the Consul General of Belgium
  • 4:45 pm – 4:55 pm: Speech by the Governor of Haut-Katanga
  • 4:55 pm – 5:05 pm: Speech by the President of the FEC
  • 5:05 pm – 5:15 pm: Presentation of the mission programme and of the Belgian companies participating in the mission by Jérôme Roux, economic and commercial advisor for the three regions of Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
  • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Cocktail event at the Belgian consul general’s residence in Lubumbashi (by invitation)

 

Thursday, 2 April 2020

  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Intercompany meetings at the hotel
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm: B2B meetings at the hotel
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: cocktail event with the FEC in Katanga or the Governorate?
  • 9:00 pm: return to the hotel
  • Overnight stay in Lubumbashi

 

Friday, 3 April 2020 | Lubumbashi

  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Intercompany meetings at the hotel
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm: B2B meetings at the hotel
  • Overnight stay in Lubumbashi

Saturday, 4 April 2020 | Lubumbashi – Brussels

 

Flight schedule

The schedule for the Brussels Airlines flights we are offering for the mission is provided below:

 

Brussels (BRU) – Kinshasa (FIH) | 28 March

10:50 am Brussels, Brussels National – 6:55 pm Kinshasa, N’Djili

8 hrs 5 min non-stop

 

Kinshasa (FIH) – Brussels (BRU) | 4 April

8:15 pm Kinshasa, N’Djili – 5:15 am (+1) Brussels, Brussels National

8 hrs non-stop

Current price: €585.72 round trip (don’t wait to book)

We recommend making reservations for these flights for the mission as soon as possible. Each participant is responsible for booking and paying for their flights. 

You must make the reservations for local flights with Congo Airways for:

  • Thursday, 1 April | Kinshasa 7:00 am – Lubumbashi 11:35 am
  • Saturday, 4 April | Lubumbashi 8:00 am – Kinshasa 9:20 am

Participants are welcome to take other flights, on condition that hub.brussels and the economic and commercial attaché in Kinshasa are informed in time (contacts: see below).

 

Practical matters

Rates

  • €100 (SME)
  • €300 (company with more than 250 employees)

Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the registration fee and a business questionnaire which will be used to set up your personal meeting programme.

There are cash dispensers on-site, but we recommend bringing US dollars (only clean bills with “big heads” are accepted).

More information is available on the embassy’s website.

In order to facilitate visa requests, we regularly update the embassy regarding the registered participants.

Lodging, transport and paperwork

Hotel
  • Kinshasa:

Pullman Hotel

4, avenue des Batetela, Gombe

Mobile +243 (0) 808 503 642
Reception +243 (0) 85 8000 111/ h9635-sb1@accor.com.

pullmanhotels.com – accorhotels.com

 

  • Lubumbashi:

Grand Karavia Hotel
Patrick Kibambe, Banqueting Coordinator
55 Route du Golf
Quartier Golf Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tel: +243 (0) 81 558 3058

Mobile: +243 (0) 81 152 5519

The following preferential prices have been confirmed to date:

  • Single room $175 USD (€160) (breakfast/internet included)
  • Double Room $210 USD (€200)

Each participant is responsible for booking (via Jérôme Roux) and paying for their hotel stays. 

 

Need financial assistance?

The Brussels-Capital Region can assist you with 50% of the travel and stay costs (SMEs only). Please note: the request must be made, at the latest, on the day before the business day preceding the departure.

For more information, visit the Economy and Employment – Regional Public Service website

Questions about the economic mission to DRC? Contact Carole or Jérôme!

Carole Mone

Area Manager Sub-Saharan Africa

T. +32 2 800 40 29

cmone@hub.brussels

Jérôme Roux (BRU)

Economic and commercial attaché | Democratic Republic of Congo - Congo Brazzaville

+ 243 815 04 82 71

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