Congo-China Deal: $7 Billion Talking Finance, Tshisekedi Reveals

January 20, 2024
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Congo and China are in talks about a $7 billion financing deal as part of a renegotiated minerals-for-infrastructure agreement, announced by Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi at his second inaugural address. The original deal, signed in 2008, promised $3 billion in infrastructure projects paid for by revenues from the Sicomines copper and cobalt mine. However, less than a third of the development funds were ever disbursed. Tshisekedi did not provide further details on the new infrastructure initiative.

Key points:

  • Congo and China discussing $7 billion in financing
  • Renegotiating a minerals-for-infrastructure deal
  • Original agreement promised $3 billion in infrastructure projects, but only a fraction of the funds were disbursed

Chinese Embassy in Congo has not yet commented on the negotiations

Tshisekedi was sworn in for a second five-year term, having won the election with over 70% of the votes

He promised to reduce inflation, stabilize the exchange rate, and expand industry to create employment

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