So, yes, congratulations to the DRC Mining Week and the French Week in Kinshasa, who continue to promote investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congratulations also to all those economic operators, big and small, who continue to develop the potential of this wonderful region!
Unfortunately, one wonders if the politicians who have led the world's countries for the last 10 years have really tried to change the global perception of the DRC’s economic attractiveness. An indicator of Congo’s decay is the World Bank’s report on commercial opportunities. The great Democratic Republic of Congo, potentially one of the richest nations of the world, has fallen some 10 places and is now in the 184th position (on 190) on the Doing Business ranking, scarcely ahead of countries such as South Sudan or the non-States like Somalia or Libya.
Fortunately, the abovementioned initiatives, whose media partner we are, sustain the growth of foreign and local companies and contribute to economic development and the well-being of the population. Fortunately, economic operators keep on working despite harassment and the economic and political crisis. Fortunately, they still have some freedom of speech to denounce their daily challenges.
So, let's make a pious wish and imagine we’re in the meeting of the Council of Ministers a few weeks from now, following a government seminar on plans for future actions (PAP 2017-2020), and hear our imaginary Prime Minister say: "Gentlemen, I give you a new mission for which you will all be personally accountable: I ask you to do everything you can to make our country win at least 5 places per year, 25 in the next 5 years, so we can climb to the 159th position: the rank of Ethiopia in 2017!”