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IFC Demonstrates Commitment, Plans Increased Support to DRC


In Kinshasa:
Adamou Labara
Phone: +243 99 994 9015
E-mail: ALabara@ifc.org

In Johannesburg:
Houtan Bassiri
Phone: +27 11 731 3179
E-mail:
HBassiri@ifc.org


Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 17, 2009—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today affirmed a commitment to providing more investment and advisory services to support job creation and private sector growth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

At the conclusion of a five day visit to the country, IFC Vice President Thierry Tanoh noted that IFC is rapidly expanding operations in DRC.

“IFC is working to expand its activities where they are needed most, particularly in Africa’s poorest countries and those emerging from conflict,” said Tanoh. “IFC is committed to providing more investments and advisory services to help ensure that DRC can become a more hospitable investment destination for those companies willing to apply best practices and encourage widespread, positive development impact.”

IFC is bringing to bear the full range of its innovative products and services to support DRC, which is slowly emerging from a long conflict. IFC’s strategy in DRC involves helping improve the investment climate; supporting small and medium enterprises; and investing in key economic sectors such as mining, financial markets, agribusiness, manufacturing, and infrastructure.

During his trip this week, Tanoh signed a transaction with Rawbank that will help the bank provide access to finance for small and medium enterprises. Promoting access to finance for women is an important part of the partnership. IFC will work with Rawbank to better understand the needs of women and opportunities in lending to them. The program will train women entrepreneurs on how to produce the business plans required by banks and how to better manage their businesses

Tanoh pointed to other areas where IFC recently has demonstrated its commitment to DRC:

  • IFC has had an office and a representative in Kinshasa since 2007.
  • In 2007, IFC invested $75 million in Zain DRC to support the modernization and development of its mobile network in the country.
  • In 2008, IFC helped establish Advans Banque Congo, a new microfinance institution that aims to reach entrepreneurs that have had little access to financial services (IFC equity investment of $1.1 million).
  • As a mineral rich economy, the mining sector remains fundamental to DRC’s economic progress. Together with the World Bank Group, IFC is actively working with private companies to develop the country’s mining potential and ensure that local communities benefit from the country’s mining activity.

Tanoh’s agenda included meetings with private sector clients, development partners, and government officials, including Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito and Finance Minister Athanase Matenda Kyelu.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development, mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled $16.2 billion in fiscal 2008, a 34 percent increase over the previous year. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.