Category Archives: Republic of the Congo

Dangote, the Congo plant and the imperative of African industrialization

The Dangote Group of Nigeria, one of the pre-eminent industrial conglomerates in Africa, in pursuit of its pan-African development and emancipation strategy, on November 23, 2017 formally launched its newest economic development industrial project, the Dangote Cement plant in Mfila, in Congo-Brazzaville. With this $300 million dollars, 1.5 million metric tonne per annum plant, the Group now has a presence in ten of the 17 countries in which it plans to construct and expand cement plans.  While it had to re-calibrate the pace and timing of its earlier ambitious plans to complete its various planned plants at an earlier date, because of the economic down turn in Nigeria from 2014, the completion of the Congo plant indicates that the Group’s Pan-African cement plant’s expansion and new plants’ construction programme is still very much on course even though the pace of completion is now staggered over a longer time frame. read more

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The United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration enters into force today

 The United Nations Convention in Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (“The Mauritius Convention on Transparency”) will enter into force today, 18 October 2017. The Convention has to date been ratified by Canada, Mauritius and Switzerland. None of the ratifying States made reservations and, as a result, the Transparency Rules are now part of the investor-State dispute settlement regime created by investment treaties concluded by those three States. Consequently, the Transparency Rules will apply to investor-State disputes arising under investment treaties concluded by those States before April 2014 in accordance with the conditions set forth in the Transparency Convention and the relevant investment treaties. read more

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Statement at the end of an IMF Mission to the Republic of Congo

The IMF team was received by President Denis Sassou-Nguesso read more

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CIEHC-3, 3rd Congo International Hydrocarbons Conference & Exhibition

24 – 26 April 2017 read more

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RiskMap 2017. Afrique de l’Ouest : La « nouvelle normalité » ne se fera pas sans heurt

  • Les nations africaines en lice pour émerger en tant que passerelles commerciales pour les investissements étrangers directs offrent des opportunités, mais aussi des menaces inconnues pour les entreprises
  • Facteurs macroéconomiques : le faible prix du pétrole et le sentiment économique mondial seront les principaux moteurs de l’instabilité au sein du continent.
  • L’incertitude politique intérieure d’un certain nombre de nations d’importance constituera un risque beaucoup plus grand pour les entreprises présentes sur le continent que l’effet de la géopolitique internationale
  • Les entreprises africaines resteront vulnérables et risqueront de ne pas accorder aux risques de cybersécurité la même valeur que ceux associés à la sécurité physique ou aux menaces politiques
  • Les entreprises réagiront comme des arches (orientation défensive sur les principaux marchés), des requins (ciblage des nouvelles opportunités) ou des baleines (en devenant trop importantes pour faire faillite)
  • La meilleure gouvernance a amélioré le climat des affaires, mais rien ne se déroule sans accroc

L’instabilité macroéconomique alimentée par le faible prix du pétrole et le sentiment économique mondial continuera d’être le principal moteur des risques commerciaux dans toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest en 2017. L’amélioration de la gouvernance et l’intégration de certaines normes et pratiques démocratiques limiteront le potentiel de détérioration, mais des défis persisteront. Les cyberattaques progressent. Les entreprises deviendront de plus en plus vulnérables jusqu’à ce que l’impact des risques cybernétiques sur leurs activités et leur réputation soit envisagé, comme le sont les effets des risques politiques et de sécurité. Voici quelques-uns des principaux thèmes du rapport annuel prévisionnel sur les risques politiques et commerciaux « RiskMap 2017 », publié par Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com), cabinet de conseil spécialisé dans le domaine des risques. read more

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Support for demarcating the borders around the Congo: a project to be concluded on November 30th 2016

In July 2015, the Congolese Ministry of the Interior and Decentralisation called on IGN FI to support the country in its exchanges with bordering countries. This project is now drawing to a close and will be concluded on November 30th when Congolese experts and experts from IGN FI will present the project’s results as well as its key lessons. read more

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Aide à la délimitation des frontières du Congo : le projet s’achèvera le 30 novembre 2016

En juillet 2015, le Ministère de l’intérieur et de la décentralisation du Congo a fait appel à IGN FI pour l’accompagner dans ses échanges avec les pays frontaliers limitrophes. Ce projet d’assistance technique prend fin. A cette occasion, le 30 novembre, les résultats du projet et ses principaux enseignements seront présentés par les experts congolais et les experts d’IGN FI. read more

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IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to the Republic of Congo

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Dalia Hakura, Mission Chief for the Republic of Congo, visited Brazzaville during October 25-November 7, 2016 to conduct discussions for the 2016 Article IV review of the Congolese economy. Discussions focused on assessing the macroeconomic impact of the sharp decline in oil prices and the short- and medium-term policies needed to safeguard macroeconomic stability and ensure debt sustainability, as well as structural reforms to promote sustained inclusive growth and reduce poverty. read more

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SA delegation discovers central African port development opportunities

Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a high-level business delegation to central African port cities this month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and neighbouring Republic of Congo. read more

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Dr Moeti proposes Actions to address Fake Medical Products

Every day, fake medicines and medical products are sold at street corners, in open air markets or on unregulated websites in several countries in the African Region. These poor quality, unsafe medicines and products promote drug resistance and lead to loss of confidence in health professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and in health systems. read more

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Le Dr Moeti propose des actions pour lutter contre les produits médicaux contrefaits

Adoption de la stratégie régionale sur la réglementation des produits contrefaits read more

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Integrated Payment Markets Will Fuel Future Growth

Congo registering a strong demand momentum for international and cross-border money transfers read more

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A Trans-African Inland Waterway and Canal Transportation System

The Nile River has been navigable since the time of the pharaohs some 4,000-years ago, while sections of the Niger, Benue, Congo and Zambezi Rivers have also been navigable. While Cecil John Rhodes sought to build a north – south Cape-to-Cairo railway line, African railway networks remain regional with the own distinctive railway gauge. Paced road networks are to be found in major cities and in certain regions, with a network of unpaved roads offering most of the continent’s long distance connections for the truck transport industry. Trucks carry most of Africa’s long-distance freight. read more

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Les biotechnologies agricoles au service des petits exploitants

Colloque international à la FAO du 15 au 17 février 2016 read more

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