Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2010
DTIS update N/A
WTO accession 1997

With the support of the EIF, the Democratic Repubic of the Congo (DRC) has mainstreamed trade into their Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS), with the particular aim of promoting foreign trade. The GPRS prioritizes agriculture, customs reforms, trade facilitation and improving the business environment. Sector strategies for agriculture, rural development, industry, energy, tourism and transport have all incorporated a trade dimension at regional and international levels.

MOU 22/07/11
Budget 1'500'159
End date 31/12/17

The project aimed to enable the DRC to become a fully integrated and active player in and beneficiary of the global trading system.


  • Three forums related to industry, agribusiness and the economy were held
  • 28 people from economic and commercial institutions participated in a training on how to improve the quality of product offerings and on taxation/VAT
  • National Implementation Unit participated in negotiations between the DRC and the World Bank on the implementation of the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project. The 5-year project began in late 2015 with an estimated budget of US$34 million.
  • The government contributed US$237,000 to EIF's trade development/sector support efforts and allocated US$46,000 to collect data on the coffee value chain
MOU 13/03/15
Budget 2'661'080
End date 31/12/17

EIF worked to support the rehabilitation of the palm oil value chain in the Mayombe region of DRC. Production techniques and commercialization systems were improved to produce more palm oil of higher quality.

The project aimed for the following impact:

  • Economic: increased competitiveness of palm products in domestic and international markets
  • Social: job creation, poverty reduction and support to women’s groups
  • Environmental: sustainable forest and land management, and carbon sequestration by planting more palm trees
  • DRC Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) (2010)

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Annual Progress Report (2013)


Eugénie Salebongo
Secrétaire Général Commerce Extérieur Kinshasa

Charles Lusanda Matomina
Coordonnateur national UNMO CIR Ministère du Commerce Kinshasa,

Jean-Marie Kiadi Ntoto
Expert/Analyse et Élaboration des Projets UNMO CIR Ministère du Commerce Kinshasa

Donor Facilitator, Delegation of the European Union to DR Congo

Richard Mukundji
Consultant National - Ministere du Commerce Exterieur Secretariat General - Republique Democratique du Congo