WTO accession
1 January 1997
Population
73,599,190 (2012 est.)
Per capita growth rate (%)
4.2
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
179
Share of international non-oil trade (%)
0.804
Value of non-oil goods traded (in US$ million)
5300
Logistics performance Index (LPI)
2.68
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) became a beneficiary of the Integrated Framework (IF) in 2007. By April 2009, the IF in-country architecture had been completed. The DRC undertook a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS), with support from the World Bank as well as the ITC, which was validated in July 2010.

 

The DRC has also benefitted from a Pre-DTIS project that was approved in January 2010 and completed in June 2011.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Under the EIF, the DRC is implementing its Tier 1 project, "Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)" - approved in July 2011 by the EIF Board - with the aim to enable the DRC to become a fully integrated and active player in, and beneficiary of, the global trading system.

Main progresses to date

Trade has been mainstreamed into the 2nd generation Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) for 2011‑2015, in particular, with the aim of promoting foreign trade. The DTIS Action Matrix priorities on agriculture, customs reforms, trade facilitation and improving the business environment have been incorporated into the GPRS. Moreover, sector strategies for agriculture, rural development, industry, energy, tourism and transport have taken onboard the trade dimension, both at regional and international levels.

The recruitment of the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) staff was finalized in early 2013, including the hiring of an International Trade Advisor (ITA) to support the NIU in the implementation of the EIF programme.

With the support of the EIF Donor Facilitator (DF), consultations with Development Partners (DPs) taking stock of the DTIS Action Matrix priorities was kick-started resulting in the organization of a Roundtable around the DTIS Action Matrix priority projects in March 2013 in Kinshasa. The Roundtable was attended by around 100 participants including DPs and international organizations present in the DRC. After the event, the EIF NIU has been following up with DPs active in trade and private sector development in the country to mobilize additional resources to take forward DTIS Action Matrix implementation.

The EIF NIU is also currently developing a Tier 2 project on Palm oil to be submitted to the EIF Board for funding. As far as outreach and capacity building are concerned, sensitization activities on the EIF and the DTIS Action Matrix priorities have been undertaken in the main provinces of the DRC. Additionally, the UNDP has been working on expansion of outreach activities related to the DTIS, trade integration as well as international trade statistics.

The EIF NIU team has also participated in a series of workshops including a regional aid for trade meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroun, in 2013; a trade fair on agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry, held in Kinshasa presenting the objectives of the EIF programme to stakeholders; the Fourth Global Aid for Trade Review in July 2013; and the EIF Regional Workshop on gender, M&E and communicating results in March 2014 among others.

Outlook

The EIF NIU is working on finalizing the Tier 2 project proposal on Palm Oil.

A trade strategy has been drafted and is under validation process. After validation, there are plans to launch an implementation strategy, to be supported by the EIF DF, the European Union. Additionally, following the 2013 Roundtable, the EIF NIU is following up with DPs on resource mobilization, to support the implementation of the DTIS Action Matrix.

With the EIF DF support, the EIF NIU will work to develop a Medium Term Programme under the guidance of the EIF National Steering Committee.

Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementationNoYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesNoNo
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/A3
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesNoNo
O1.5 Country with quality trade strategyN/AN/A
O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implementedN/AN/A
Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategiesN/A1
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionNoYes
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism11
Outcome 3: Coordinated delivery of trade related resources (funding, TA etc.) by donors & implementing agencies to implement country priorities following adoption of DTIS Action Matrix
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)NoYes
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters22
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesYesYes
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)NoYes
Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODAN/A3
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyNoNo
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix04
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)021.9

Pre-DTIS

Starting date / End date
30/04/2010
Approved Budget
49,841
Board Approval Date
15/01/2010
Disbursement
49,841
Expenditure Reported
49,841
MOU Approval Date
27/04/2010
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2011
Phase
Completed

NIA Support through ITA

Starting date / End date
27/03/2012
Approved Budget
252,520
Board Approval Date
31/05/2011
Disbursement
252,520
Expenditure Reported
252,520
MOU Approval Date
21/03/2012
MOU Expiry Date
31/10/2014
Phase
Completed

NIA Support through ITA-T1P2

Starting date / End date
02/05/2016
Approved Budget
125,260
Board Approval Date
09/12/2015
Disbursement
125,260
Expenditure Reported
14,355
MOU Approval Date
26/04/2016
MOU Expiry Date
31/08/2017
Phase
Implementation

DTIS

Starting date / End date
23/01/2009
Approved Budget
400,000
Board Approval Date
08/10/2008
Disbursement
400,000
Expenditure Reported
400,000
MOU Approval Date
22/12/2008
MOU Expiry Date
29/10/2010
Phase
Completed

NIA Support (T1 Phase 1 and 2)

Starting date / End date
28/07/2011
Approved Budget
1,500,159
Board Approval Date
31/05/2011
Disbursement
1,200,159
Expenditure Reported
1,138,328
MOU Approval Date
22/07/2011
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2017
Phase
Implementation

Appui à la relance de la filière palmier à huile en République Démocratique du Congo

Starting date / End date
23/03/2015
Approved Budget
2,661,080
Board Approval Date
15/12/2014
Disbursement
1,215,000
Expenditure Reported
712,444
MOU Approval Date
13/03/2015
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2017
Phase
Implementation

Focal Point

Mme. Eugenie Salebongo BASOY
Secrétariat Général, Secrétaire Général
Ministère Economie et Commerce
Bâtiment de la Fonction Publique Kinshasa
, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: +243 818 11 62 34

NIU Coordinator

M. Charles Lusanda MATOMINA
Conseiller Chargé des Accords Commerciaux, Régionaux et Internationaux
Immeuble COHYDRO, 5ème Niv. C/Gombe
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: (243) 81 811 87 97, (243) 99 427 25 26

Donor Facilitator

M. Kalay PATTY
European Union
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: +243 81 55 67 454

WB Contact

Mr. Emmanuel PINTO MOREIRA
Economiste Principal
The World Bank
-
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: (243) 817458870
Mr. Moîse TSHIMENGA TSHIBANGU
Economiste Résident
The World Bank
-
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: (243) 819307110, (243) 998189589
Mr. Chadi BOU HABIB
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Africa Vice Presidency , Economiste Senior
The World Bank
-
Washington, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: +1-202- 473-3143

UNDP Contact

Mr. Ernest BAMOU
Economiste Principal
UNDP
Immeuble Losonia, Bld du 30 juin/Gombe
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: (243) 971879075
Mr. Jean Paul BOKETSU
Economiste National
UNDP
Immeuble Losonia, Bld du 30 juin/Gombe
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: (243) 992392272, (243) 817228282
Mme. Nelly KANKOLONGO
Chargé des programmes
UNDP
Immeuble Losonia, Bld du 30 juin/Gombe
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: (243) 999397319, (243) 815120518

Other

S.E.M. Justin Kalumba Mwana NGONGO
Ministre du Commerce
-
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: -
Mme. S.E.Mme Néfertiti NGUDIANZA BAYOKISA KISULA
Ministre
Ministère de l'Economie et Commerce
-
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Tel: -
Democratic Republic of the Congo Annual Progress Report 2013
Country Case Studies - EIF TFM Review
DRC: Diagnostic Trade Integration Study /EDIC 2010