Guide to the
Republic of Congo
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.
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.
A concessionary rate is available to our subscribers. Buy the Guide here ...
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.
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
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.