Aimé ZonveniAimé Zonveni31 March 20205min

The coronavirus pandemic that is raging around the world from its epicentre in Wuhan, China in December 2019 is causing a major global health impact. But not only that. The pandemic induces economic disruption, the impact of which will be felt in the long term after it has been defeated (hopefully as soon as possible). Africa and particularly the DRC will not be spared.

Below is my six-point analysis of the adverse effects of covid19 on the Congolese economy.

Drastic reduction of the mining revenues

China is the DRC’s leading economic partner. The Middle Kingdom alone absorbs more than 90% of Congolese copper and cobalt. This sector is the main provider of revenue to the Congolese budget (about 20% of the 2020 budget). However, the most optimistic forecasts predict economic growth of 2.9% in China by 2020, the lowest growth rate recorded by the world’s second largest economy since 1990. Simply put, China will buy/consume less of our cobalt and copper. The mining revenues will accordingly shrink, thus, inducing a deficit that could become structural for the Congolese economy. Our $11 billion budget, already halved, will be further reduced. Our meagre growth will also be reduced.

Risk of acute inflation

Two causes will induce acute inflation, beyond the 5% currently projected. On the one hand, the Congolese economy is extroverted: it produces what it does not consume and it consumes what it does not produce. The closure of borders imposed by the coronavirus is already disrupting import channels. As several imported goods become scarce, their prices will naturally rise. On the other hand, the budget deficit resulting from the drop in mining revenues could tempt the government to try to finance this deficit through advances from the Central Bank by turning the money plate. This will inflate the money supply in circulation without a counterpart in national production. The most economically vulnerable households, which make up the majority of the Congolese population, will be the first to bear the brunt.

Domestic debt growth

The coronavirus will force the Congolese government to resort to national economic operators for the supply of certain goods and/or services, as international procurement could be difficult in the context of the pandemic. With the reduction in budget revenues, there is a risk that invoices from these suppliers may not be paid immediately. This will inflate a public debt whose repayment rate has been only 14% in 2019. The advances from the BCC are also part of the domestic debt, and since the BCC will certainly be required to finance the deficit, the domestic debt will only increase. If you are a local supplier, be careful to deal with the government in this context.

Loss of entrepreneurial dynamism

The Congolese business climate, which has remained deleterious for several years (according to the country’s Doing Business ranking), is set to deteriorate with a drastic drop in demand/consumption. Many of the Congolese SMEs, most of which are operating on a fragile cash flow, are in danger of closing down. Definitely for some of them.

Near-suicide of the informal sector

Employer of more than 77% of Congolese and provider of income to more than 90% of households in the DRC, the informal sector of the Congolese economy is the backbone of the country’s survival. However, the functioning of this sector is fundamentally social and dictated by human mobility (urban and rural). The social distancing imposed by the coronavirus virus, if strictly applied, will almost condemn this sector to suicide. And with it the households that depend on it. The city of Kinshasa is living proof of a city that lives in the present.

Soaring unemployment

With the drop in consumption, the possible bankruptcy of several SMEs, the dismissal of several employees on technical leave and possibly permanent leave, the current Congolese unemployment rate of 70% will skyrocket. The result will be severe poverty among an already poor population.


Patrick MolekePatrick Moleke21 March 20202min0

Shocked by the grim sight he experiences every day as he tries to do what he can to help the Coronavirus victims, Maxime Mbanda has not hidden his emotions. He couldn’t help but let the above-mentioned words slip out. What exactly did he see to raise this alarm?

Contrary to the role he plays in his rugby team, third line on the field, Maxime finds himself on the front line against the coronavirus. But rather than limiting his fight against the scourge to rescuing those who are already sick, he thought of you and I who, at least on the surface, have not yet come under the thumb of the pandemic which continues to multiply its victims. According to RMC Sport, Maxime would have said the following: “What I see are people of all ages, on respirators, on oxygen, doctors and nurses working 20 or 22 hour shifts, not sleeping one minute of the day and just trying to get a little rest the next day,” and added, “I wish I could say that the situation here is on the edge.”

Indeed, according to RMC Sport, Altice France’s French TV channel package dedicated to sports, what Maxime saw was “an absolute emergency situation, where ‘95% of hospital facilities are dedicated to coronavirus patients'”. This explains why he says, as already mentioned above: “If people saw what I see in hospitals, there would no longer be a queue in front of the supermarkets. They would think twice, three or four times before leaving their homes, even to go for a run.”

In any case, Maxime did his part by warning us, determined as he is to save lives in his way. It’s up to each of us to behave accordingly if we value the fragile miracle of life, or rather the breath that allows us to enjoy it.


Patrick MolekePatrick Moleke2 March 20201min

Indeed, as announced, the UDPS United Kingdom did indeed organize the meeting planned for the celebration of the two anniversaries of great importance in the life of the party as already announced in our site; and the meeting took place at the place and date that had been planned and to the great satisfaction of the members and guests.

On the occasion, the different sections of the party present at the event saw the need to make a clarification on a situation that prevails at the level of their federation. For our part, we hope that they will quickly find a solution, given the fraternity that has characterized them up to now, as they are all resolutely determined to support the efforts of the Head of State to restore the democratic Congo to the image and place it deserves in the concert of nations.

Please find the substance of the statement in the attached video.


La RédactionLa Rédaction19 October 20191min

Mr Jacques KALENGA and Mr Alain KABUIKA, respectively Federal President and Federal Secretary of the UDPS England, established this Saturday, October 12, at ACANE, a centre that deals with Africans in Newcastle, the Newcastle section of the UDPS.
The committee set up at this meeting is as follows:


Please note that among the members of this committee, 3 are also members of the Mutuelle Bana Newcastle, including Pastor Jean Baptiste KONANJ, Apostle Roland LUABA and Mr Camille MOLEKE MBANDA.

More involvement and commitment of all the living forces of Congo, including those of the diaspora, is the driving force behind President Felix TSHISEKEDI’s party in this effort, which will continue almost everywhere in Europe and in the other parts of the world.


EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min

The President of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku, has been the object of several criticisms in the last 24 hours by the MPs Members of Parties of the Opposition after the dismissal of the debate on the conflict in Kasaï and the series of ” escapes of prisoners in recent months in several prison houses in DR Congo.

On the basis of these criticisms, the incidental motion waged by National MP Zacharie Bababaswe in opposition to motions of no confidence against the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, and the Minister of State in charge of Justice , Alexis Thambwe Mwamba.

The MP Toussaint Alonga invites the national elected representatives to “assume full responsibility” in front of the behavior of the Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament which, according to him, is “emptying parliamentary democracy of its substance”

Faced with the accusations of the initiators of motions of defiance against the Ministers of the Interior and Justice, Aubin Minaku, also Secretary General of the Presidential Majority defends himself saying, in turn, that he is fulfilling his role in accordance with the “principles”.


EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min

Some 50 international and local NGOs oppose the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) candidacy for membership at the UN Human Rights Council. 

These NGOs justify their position by the “multiple violations of Human Rights” of which are responsible the Power in place in Kinshasa and its security forces. According to the Deputy Secretary of FIDH, speaking on an international media, the DRC is not “exemplary in respect of Human Rights”.

“It is the capital of rape and violence against women, of political assassinations, of mass massacres both in the east of the country and in the Kasai, with more or less, within a year, 5000 people mowed, 80 mass graves. And even UN experts have been murdered,” he said.


EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min

The President (or former according to the MPP) of the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa expressed surprise at the news of his dismissal fell in the afternoon this Thursday 06 October 2017.

Roger Nsingi formally rejected his eviction, claiming that he remains the President of the Provincial Assembly of the city of Kinshasa and calls the initiative of the MPP a “biased approach”.

“It is the President of the Assembly who convenes the plenary,” Nsingi told Top Congo, referring to procedural flaws during the plenary session of his dismissal, which was led by his Vice-President Francis Mbengama.

As a reminder, 39 MPP of Kinshasa voted for the dismissal of the President of the Provincial Assembly, Roger Nsingi, to whom they reproach, among other things, financial mismanagement and incompetence.


EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min

Author of an oral question addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the National MP of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), Juvénal Munubo expressed his dissatisfaction with the extension of the moratorium on invalidation of semi-biometric passports originally planned as at 16 October 2017.

“The risk of terrorism referred to by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs [Leonard She Okitundu. editor’s note], as well as other reasons such as the ban of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are all imaginary, “said UNC MP on the telephone of KINSHASATIMES.CD.

Juvénal Munubo maintains his position with regard to the abolition of this measure: “I expect nothing but the withdrawal of this decision” because, according to him, it prejudices many compatriots.


EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min

In a statement issued by the African Union on Monday, 02 October 2017, the Pan-African organization made the feedback of the mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo by the President of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki.

The President of the African Union Commission met with the DRC forces from 28 September to 1 October to inquire about the current situation, reaffirming the AU’s strong desire to accompany the country in the “hot” phase it passes through.

“In accordance with the Constitution and the Agreement of 31 December 2017, the President of the AU Commission strongly encouraged all his interlocutors to go beyond their particularities in order to ensure a political environment conducive to a peaceful and authentically consensual electoral process”, reads the press release.

Moussa Faki also welcomed the commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to publish the electoral calendar, “as expected by the Congolese people” and all the actors, in “reasonable time” and “as soon as possible”. To this end, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission is committed to engaging with all national and international actors in support of the AU Action.


EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min

The measure of the invalidation of semi-biometric passports on October 16 is extended to January 14, 2018. She Okitundu, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, so stated on Monday at the National Assembly.

In addition to extending this measure, the head of Congolese diplomacy announced that the holders of semi-biometric passports whose validity runs until 2019 and 2020 will benefit from the new biometric passport at the price of 100 US dollars instead of 185.

Old passports containing one or more valid visas remain subject to the obligation to obtain a biometric passport in order to benefit from a consular seal which will allow the holder to move freely until the expiry of his visa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out, however, that “the official passport price remains 185 US dollars”.

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