Head of State Felix Tshisekedi intends to review certain clauses of Sino-Congolese contract

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Kinshasa, October 17th, 2021 (CPA).- The Head of State, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, intends to review the cooperation agreements signed between DRC and a group of Chinese companies, in the light of the report made by the ministers in charge of Infrastructure and Public Works and Mines on the inventory of execution of the said contract, during the 24th meeting of the Council of Ministers held last Friday, by videoconference in Kinshasa.

The Minister in charge of Communication and Media and government spokesperson Patrick Muyaya, who indicated this in his report at the end of the meeting, indicated that President Felix Tshisekedi informed the Council that the ministries concerned examine, in close collaboration with his cabinet, the proposals formulated for the continuation of this program.

The aforementioned proposals, he specified, relate in particular to the relaunch of major national reconstruction works by prioritizing structuring infrastructures, with a view to promoting the emergence of socio-economic activities that are conducive to development but also, possibly to support the development program of 145 territories of the country.

They are also looking into the technical and financial audit of the Sino-Congolese of Mines (SICOMINES) to be carried out and the establishment of a mechanism ensuring transparency in the management and operation of this company as well as the need put an end to the imbalance between the parties, in particular by revising certain clauses of the contract or collaboration agreement between DRC and the Chinese Business Group and of SICOMINES Joint-Venture contract or agreement.

The President of the Republic seized the opportunity, to remind the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, of the urgency to set up the Sino-Congolese joint commission which will look into all subjects of common interest so that from now on the execution of contracts is done in a mutual win-win will.

These agreements, which were signed in 2007, are only implemented by less than 30% according to the government.

Following the various revelations including the illegal exploitation of minerals, the President of the Republic Félix Tshisekedi had, in his communication to the 19th meeting of the Council of Ministers, held on September 10th, asked the Minister of State in charge of Infrastructure and public works to present, to the next meeting of the Council of Ministers, the state of play of the technical and financial execution of the projects included in the Sino-Congolese contract, and the Minister in charge of Mines to do the same in her sector.

In order to capitalize all available sources of infrastructure financing, DRC signed in 2008 the so-called “Sino-Congolese” contract renegotiated in 2009. ACP/Khonde