Practical Guide to the

Democratic Republic of Congo


An introduction for all those in the humanitarian, diplomatic and business worlds who are involved in the DRC or are about to take the plunge at an exciting moment in the country's history.

Whether you are setting up a business or are already engaged in the DRC, this guide gives you the practical information you need to survive and prosper in a difficult environment.
• Practical setting-up help, lists of key figures, addresses and contacts, background information and interviews with the leading figures in Congolese political and economic life.
• A detailed chronological account of recent events in war and peace in a searchable database.
• The economy analysed in a chronological database of important recent issues, with current data on the main sectors.


This is a dynamic Guide - 215 letter pages in printed format, and each month updated with the most recent information from the DRC, accessible online.

The Guide is edited by veteran analysts David Coetzee and Francois Misser and is available as a CD-Rom, in printed hardcopy format, and online.

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Published by SouthMedia

The democratically elected Government in Kinshasa offers the first real opportunity to the DRC to break with its disastrous recent past and to establish a legitimate authority .

Its immediate challenges are to ensure a final resolution of the conflict; provide an effective humanitarian response; establish an accountable state; establish a framework for tackling the country's huge poverty problems; and to hold free and fair elections.

Such is the potential of the Congo that trade and investment is bound to flow as soon as there is an indication of a stable future. Business leaders as well as governments are watching eagerly. Humanitarian needs are constant and expanding.

This Guide has been produced for those who are preparing to enter the DRC's choppy waters - businesses, aid agencies - and for the international and regional diplomats who recognise the central strategic importance of the DRC for Africa.

Many companies are already engaged there - South African, Belgian, US and others. More will follow if the transitional government builds the basis for elections and stable rule.

The Guide consists of four parts - an brief overview for those who quickly need to understand the nature of the country and its politics and economy; a practical guide to doing business or operating in a difficult environment; an assessment of the economy; an overview of the politics of the country; and a series of current interviews with key DRC political and business leaders.

This is also a technically up-to-date Guide - a printed resource for those who need this, and also an digital and online resource. The key to the sections are lists of important business, military and political leaders active since the late '90s in the turbulent public life of the DRC. The body of the Guide - on CD-Rom or online - can then be searched for these figures' background and current activities.

The sections are chronologically organised, so that important events can also be fixed or searched by date.

The Guide is dynamic in another way, too. Each month current data and analysis from our own analysts is being fed into our database on the DRC and this is accessible online as part of the Guide. An annual subscription gives access to each new year's reports as well as to an archive dating from the end of former president Mobutu's rule and earlier.