South Korea plans to set up timber processing plant in DRC

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Kinshasa, July 8th 2021 (CPA).– The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in charge of Environment and Sustainable Development, Eve Bazaiba, spoke on Tuesday with the representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Korea in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Keun Young Kim, on the desire of Korean businessmen to set up a wood processing factory in DRC, during a hearing she granted him in his office at Gombe.

At the hearing, Keun Young Kim spoke of the need to locally transform the timber produced in the DRC to give employment to the Congolese. This factory, he said, will be installed in the port city of Matadi, capital of Kongo Central province.

Eve Bazaiba Masudi and Keun Young Kim also discussed the Paris climate agreement which will soon come into effect.

“Ms. Bazaiba told us that DRC has more than 100 million inhabitants, 52% of whom are women. Thus, in order to help women, we intend to create a factory to produce hygienic bands to improve the hygiene of our mothers and thus facilitate access to health care at a very affordable price”, he said. Part of the production of these hygienic bands will be distributed free of charge, he said.

According to Keun Young Kim, Deputy Prime Minister Bazaiba is concerned about improving the standard of living of the Congolese by creating jobs and transforming the country’s wealth through the ministry under his charge. ACP / Mubaka / TW