|DR Congo Scores High on Growth, Lags in Poverty Reduction: IMF
International Monetary Fund - October 13, 2015
|The IMF’s latest annual economic assessment indicates that while growth rates for 2014 were as high as 9.2 percent, poverty rates in the DRC are still among the highest in the world. And while the report notes some social improvements, like better access to education, it’s unlikely the DRC will achieve any of the Millennium Development goals.
|Congo Improves Natural Resources Accounting
VOA News - July 4, 2014
|The Democratic Republic of Congo, faulted last year for murky reporting on its earnings from natural resources, has improved its accounting enough to be awarded full membership in an international organization touting transparency.
|Regional Leaders Sign DR Congo Peace Deal
VOA News - February 24, 2013
|Eleven African countries have signed a peace deal aimed at ending decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 11 signing countries are from the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa. The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region will likely lead to deploying an intervention brigade in the DRC.
|U.S. SEC requires company disclosures on use of DR Congo minerals
Xinhua - August 23, 2012
|The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a rule that would require public companies to disclose information on the use of minerals from DR Congo. Public companies will have to disclose annually their tracing of the minerals back to the sources if they use in their products the designated minerals from the DRC and neighboring countries.
|U.S. and U.K. Must Tell Rwanda to Stop Supporting Rebels in DR Congo, Global Witness Says
Global Witness - June 29, 2012
|Rwanda’s two main donors, the United Kingdom and United States, must use their influence to end Kigali’s support of armed groups operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They cannot stand by and watch a regime they bankroll orchestrating a new war in Congo, Global Witness says.
|DR Congo, IMF to Co-Host Conference on the Management of Natural Resources
International Monetary Fund - March 13, 2012
|DR Congo and the IMF will co-host a high-level conference on the “Management of Natural Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa”, on March 21-22, 2012 in Kinshasa. The event will bring together policy makers, stakeholders, academics, and civil society from around the world.
|$70 Million in Congo Mining Revenue Untraceable, Investigators Say
VOA News - March 5, 2012
|Anti-corruption investigators say they cannot trace more than $70 million that mining companies claim to have paid to the government. The gap between what mining companies pay and what Congo's government should receive may be far greater than the tens of millions unaccounted for, a report says.
|32 Million Congolese Voters Set to Elect Their Leaders
Congo News Agency - November 27, 2011
|More than 32 million Congolese voters are set to go to the polls on Monday to elect their president and national Members of Parliament for the next 5 years. After a campaign charged with claims and counterclaims, it’s time for the voices of the Congolese people to be heard.
|Rwanda gives DR Congo back tonnes of smuggled minerals
BBC News - November 3, 2011
|About 82 tonnes of smuggled minerals seized by Rwandan police has been handed back to the Democratic Republic of Congo in a sign of improved relations between the two neighbours. The minerals include cassiterite, or tin ore, as well as coltan, used in devices such as mobile phones.
|UN advises prudent use of abundant resources to spur development
UN News Centre - October 10, 2011
|The Democratic Republic of the Congo has the capacity to become the driving force of Africa’s economic development if its vast forests, water resources and trillions of dollars worth of mineral reserves are used prudently, according to the findings of a United Nations assessment released today.