24 February 2016

Africa: DRC - Great Lakes With Better Investment Environment for Development

Kinshasa — The Great Lakes region currently has a better investment environment to promote the development, said on Tuesday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Angolan minister of Foreign Affairs.

According to him, now it can be promoted another dimension of the region, since the trend is leaving the era of conflict to a new time of peace and progress.

He recalled that Angola had hosted a seminar on natural resources in the region, to try to show another dimension of the region.

"The war marked the region, but now the conflict between Rwanda and Congo lowered intensity, the dispute in the Central African Republic is to culminate in elections, South Sudan negotiated an agreement that will allow the creation of a transitional government and only Burundi has a more recent conflict. However, the trend generally is to build peace, fight poverty and promote development", he said.

He considered good initiative the holding of the Conference on private investment in the Great Lakes Region for a zone that for many years was only labelled with conflict and marks the beginning of a new era with significant changes.

Georges Chikoti said the region, with about 400 million inhabitants and one of the richest on the continent, has to evolve in terms of infrastructures to connect the member states, such as roads, railways and electricity supply.

He said a possible donor conference should be seen only at the national level.

The minister reported that the development plans of the African Union and the various regional organizations include the integration and construction of infrastructures that can connect the states.

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