The stakes of Félix Tshisekedi’s official visit to China

The President of the Republic will visit China from May 24 to 28. This first visit of President Félix Tshisekedi to the country aims to relaunch the China-DRC partnership on a new basis.

The Congolese government has expressed its desire to rebalance the “Chinese contract” signed in 2008 by Kinshasa and a group of Chinese companies, which led to the creation of SICOMINES.

The DRC was to make its natural resources available in exchange for the construction of infrastructure.

Fifteen years later, investigations by the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) revealed that the contract was unbalanced and did not benefit the Congolese.

During the last Council of Ministers, the President of the Republic said he wanted to see this contract readjusted. This could justify the presence of Antoinette Nsamba Kalambay, Minister of Mines, in the team accompanying him to China.

Among the members of the delegation is also the minister in charge of Defense Jean-Pierre Bemba, Foreign Affairs Christophe Lutundula Apala, Water Resources and Electricity Olivier Mwenze Mukaleng Communication and Media Patrick Muyaya, Land Management Guy Loando Mboyo.

During this stay, visits are planned to Shanghai and Shenzen, to companies in the field of mining, electricity, batteries, construction and new technologies.