THE CASE FOR DOING BUSINESS IN THE DRC (LONDON - JANUARY 2020)
On 21st January 2020, CCCGB with its partners Invest Africa and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) were honoured to host H.E. Félix A. Tshisekedi, President of the DRC for a private investor roundtable in the margins of the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. The event was anchored by Rt Hon Mark Simmonds, Chairman of Invest Africa. The President put forward the Congolese government's priority sectors for investment including agriculture, minerals and infrastructure. Mr Samaila Zubairu, CEO of AFC highlighted the importance of investing in people as the population of Africa's cities grows.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEACE & INVESTMENT (NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 2019)
On Friday 27 September 2019, on the initiative of the National Monitoring Mechanism of the Framework Agreement for Peace, Security and Cooperation for DRC (MNS), the President of the DRC, H.E. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi sponsored the International Conference on Peace & Investment in the DRC & the Great Lakes region that brought together stakeholders on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York (USA).
CCCGB delegates Mr Cedric Longange (Chairman) - pictured left - and Mr Adrien Mizuma (Executive Director) were accompanied by senior executives of Africa Finance Corporation
The coordinator of the MNS, Mr Claude Ibalanky opened the series of presentations followed by ANAPI's general manager, Mr Anthony Nkinzo, about the investment opportunities in the DRC as well as the facilities granted to any investor by the Investment Code in force. The other speakers from the DRC included Mr Alexy Kayembe (Head of State's Special Adviser on Infrastructures), Mr José Mulenda (Director of the Support and Advocacy Committee for the Great Lakes Region), Mr Eustache Muhanzi (Minister of State for Water Resources) and Mr Jean Bamanisa (Governor of Ituri province). During his address, Mr Longange presented CCCGB’s vision and spoke about AFC’s intention of investing in different sectors of the DRC. This was followed by the signature of the memoranda of understanding between the MNS and investors as well as the commitments of the technical and financial partners.
DRC MINING WEEK (KATANGA - JUNE 2019)
TRADE MISSION (LUBUMBASHI, DRC - JUNE 2019)
BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT ON 16 NOVEMBER 2018 (Mayfair, London @ 17.30 - 20.30)
OPPORTUNITIES OF INCREASING TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN
This information packed event was filled with talks by experts in
their fields namely:
· Tim Morris, former British ambassador to the DRC
· Nuno Frota, Lead Partner at the top law firm Ince & Co
· Richard Wickes, Business Advisor
· Kristien Carbonez, Head of London office, Liedekerke law firm
· Steve Massey, Director at SJM Security Consultancy
· Christelle Kupa, CEO Uhusiano Capital
What would be the impact of Brexit on trade and investment?
What would be the potential opportunities?
How to protect your business against cybercrime?
Do you want help to access further sources of funding?
CCCGB IN 'EXPO BÉTON' FORUM - KINSHASA, DRC
From 18 to 21 Sep 2018 @ Pullman Hotel in Kinshasa (DRC). During 4 days: Institutional, Construction Professionals, University Professors, Independent Researchers, Students, Private Sector, International Financial Institutions, Donors and various participants discussed the countless opportunities to invest in the Western Corridor of the DRC taking into account the assets available to the city-Province of Kinshasa: its geostrategic situation, its geographical situation, its human capital, its culture, its hydrological potential but also the challenges to make of it an unavoidable crossroads of the development of the entire subregion.
CCCGB IN KATANGA, DRC
The British Government through its Department of International Trade (DIT) took part in the DRC Mining Week that was held in Lubumbashi, Katanga from 13 to 15 June 2018. They invited UK businesses to work with CCCGB during this conference with the aim to present British expertise and to explore the investment opportunities offered by the DRC. The delegation of CCCGB was composed of Cedric Longange (Chair), Patrick Sabwe (Capital Programmes), William Kapuku (Strategic Engagement & Security) and Adrien Mizuma (Public Relations). The delegation was accompanied by DIT’s representative Craig Sillars (Mining & Infrastructure Specialist) along with the executives of several British companies such as AngloAmerican, Rangold, Malabar Group, Perenco, Vodacom, Rwashi Mining, Boss Mining, Aggreko and Levin Resources. Dominique Mukoma, from the British Embassy in the DRC was of great assistance during this event. In one of the interviews, he explained: “There are not enough British businesses here in the DRC. Likewise, in the UK the British companies are not aware of the many opportunities offered by the DRC. Hence we are working jointly with CCCGB to build up a bridge between the DRC and the UK”.
CCCGB established a good presence through several stands, the aim being to facilitate investment in many sectors outlined by Mr Kapuku: “The DRC is still a raw country. If you go through the entire territory, you will realise the need to build the country up. The DRC is the engine of the world where you find 50% of our planet’s natural resources. We have different sectors such as agriculture, fishery, livestock farming, energy, etc. Energy is the key to development, yet in our country only 4% of the population has access to energy. We also have our airspace where thousands of planes are flying over our heads. In fact, we can even live only from the usage of our airspace”. The pivotal role of CCCGB was best summarised by Mr Longange: “Our vision is focused on two axes: not only be a federative voice for the Congolese businesses based in the UK, but most importantly attract British investors here in the DRC so that the local population benefit from our British companies’ expertise”. This incisive trip to the DRC’s second largest city has been successful as many key contacts have been made and important contracts concluded.
On Friday 27 April 2018, CCCGB organised a meeting on the DRC tech sector, in partnership with Kinshasa Digital.
This meet-up, anchored by CCCGB’s Floresse Lembe, was a part of a series of events that DRC-based Kinshasa Digital held across Europe to promote Congolese tech and create a network of professionals to drive digital transformation in the DRC. They are creating this network to foster an exchange of expertise and experience between the Congolese tech sector and members of the diaspora and others with expertise in technology, business development, finance and related areas, who are passionate about African tech.
Me Mike Kitiaka, William Kapuku from CCCGB and our special guest speaker Andrew Panton from Kinshasa Digital made presentations and shared some insights and highlights of recent research on the tech sector in DRC. Adrien Mizuma stressed out te importance of business insurance. This was followed by a Q&A and networking session.
CCCGB's recent event has taken place on 15 March 2018 in Mayfair, Central London.
CCCGB's chairman was among the panelists at the African Trade and Investment Summit held in the city of Ifrane in the Kingdom of Morocco, from 20-22 November 2017, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
This second edition was organised under the theme: 'Africa trusts Africa'. It witnessed the participation of more than 200 entrepreneurs from 13 nationalities from Africa, Europe and Asia.
The forum comes in line with the initiatives piloted and supported by the African Leaders, aiming to strengthen the collaboration between countries of the continent. It has set as an objective to echo the voice of entrepreneurs and investors in Africa, and to submit their recommendations to Heads of State and Government.
LAUNCHING OF THE CCCGB (LONDON - SEPTEMBER 2017)
On the 09th of September 2017, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, the CCCGB was officially launched in the affluent area of Mayfair in Central London. The agenda of this information-packed event was filled by presentations by the following knowledgeable speakers: Baraka Rumamba (Director of Yetu PIC), David Smith (Chairman of British African Business Alliance), Paul Dulieu (Director of Feronia), Patrice Passy (Director of DB Conseils), Barbro Ciakudia (VP at Invest Africa) and Thibaut Hollanders (Head of Liedekerke Africa). The audience also benefited from a concise motivational talk by Ian Pelham Turner (TV broadcaster of ‘Good News Britain’). The presentations and the Q&A sessions were followed by a networking cocktail. The event was covered by the Congolese UK-based Diaspora Positive TV.