AFTER years of a lull attributed to insecurity, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on course to fulfill its mining potential on the back of the biggest global interest and some measure of stability since a new administration assumed office.
Arguably the country most endowed with mineral resources globally, the vast nation has failed to fulfill its great potential after years of skirmishes since independence from Belgium in 1960.
It had its first peaceful transfer of power earlier this year when the then-opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi, won a hotly-contested presidential poll to bring the 18-year-old reign of Joseph Kabila.
This has coincided with a significant interest in the country’s immense mining sector, with the upcoming DRC Mining Week drawing interest from France, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom (UK) and Zimbabwe. The event scheduled for June 19-21 in Lubumbashi will have more
international pavilions than any previous edition.
More than 3 500 international mining experts and local stakeholders from more than 50 countries are expected to attend this long-running, award-winning and flagship event that this year is celebrating 15 years of bringing the mining community in the DRC together.
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