Through its two-year « Diaspora Banking » offer, Equity Bank Congo crosses borders. And this, as part of its vision of being the champion of the socio-economic prosperity of Congolese and inclusive banking.
This offer is a distinctive set of products and services designed primarily to meet the needs of Congolese living abroad.
Indeed, three promotional sessions of this « Diaspora Banking » offer were organized this Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Sofitel in Brussels under the theme: « Build a wealth in your home in the DRC. »
Several Congolese living in Belgium took part in this series of activities which gave the opportunity to Equity Bank Congo to raise awareness of people from the Congolese diaspora who have and / or aspire to have projects to realize in their countries including in the real estate, trade, agriculture, breeding, in short in various business.
« Our diaspora offer brings innovative financial solutions and concrete support especially in the real estate project. It also brings security and profitability to investments. The bank is also concerned about the savings of the Congolese diaspora to support their future goals at attractive interest rates. Through this service, the sending of funds to families in Congo becomes less complicated and less expensive », said an official statement from the bank reached Zoom Eco.
It is to meet the specific needs of this diaspora that Equity Bank Congo has told its interlocutors in Brussels to have developed a service of size in order to prepare their return home. Celestin Mukeba, chief executive of this pan-African bank, believes it is time to support Congolese living abroad to create small and medium enterprises that will give employment to the population, the DRC being in his favor investment.
« We are thinking more about the future of our country. However, diaspora funds are mainly used for family consumption and for individual investments in the countries of origin. Our goal as a business leader is to develop the country’s economy. With this service, we will increase the financial flow and give a positioning to Congolese living abroad in the country. I can say that we have good banking services for any investor. We believe in our potential to prosper the Congo », he said.
This solution provided by Equity Bank Congo meets the need to find reliable partners, transparent, able to understand their expectations and finance them to materialize their project.
Allusion made, for example, to site monitoring solutions, securing the funds allocated to the project especially as many who send funds to people including members of their families. However, the probability that 100% of these funds actually go into the real estate project is sometimes low.
To Ms. Menayame, Marketing, Communication and Media Manager, to clarify: « Equity Bank Congo’s Diaspora Banking offer enables Congolese living abroad to have a local Equity Bank account and manage their finances remotely. at Online Banking. There is no need to take a plane to open a physical bank account in the DRC. Thanks to our diaspora accounts, Congolese abroad will manage and control their funds, which they transfer to their families. «
In an effort to increase the rate of financial inclusion in DR Congo and to demystify the bank in the eyes of the Congolese population, Equity Bank Congo claims to continue to develop several technological innovations and to sign several partnerships to do so.
DRC: Increasing progress in the fight against Ebola
From 10 to 20 cases of contamination per day, the number of cases of Ebola has gone from 10 to 20 cases per day on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 to only one. In short, great progress has been made thanks to the curative and effective molecule discovered by Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe. Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamlba discussed the situation with the Ebola Virus Coordination Team.
Accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Health, Albert Mpeti Biyombo, team leader and virologist Muyembe Tamfum reviewed the disease’s progress in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.
At the basis of this success, the organization of the fight associated with the administration of the curative and effective molecule that has been discovered. To this must be added the support of the population, which has a better understanding of the importance of its role as a component in the fight. Finally, the support and financing of partners.
The Ebola Virus Coordination Team Leader also indicated that coordination requires financial support. This will make it possible to continue to motivate the staff involved in the fight in the field so as not to lose all these achievements. And soon several partners involved in this fight will benefit from World Bank funding.
Dr. Muyembe asked the Head of Government to increase the number of these types of meetings for better information sharing with the objective of maintaining vigilance.
This working session took place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Prime Minister’s Office.
DRC: restitution of the Kenya meeting on the global biodiversity framework for the post-2020 period
A feedback workshop on the first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the new Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework was held in Kinshasa from 1 to 3 October 2019 at the initiative of the General Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development, with the support of partners.
Experts from both public and private institutions in the DRC, representatives of environmental civil society organizations as well as indigenous peoples and local communities took part. The aim is to immerse ourselves in the results of the conference held from 27 to 30 August in Kenya.
The aim of this workshop was to encourage stakeholders to become involved in the preparatory process of the above-mentioned framework, as recommended in decision 14/34. And launch the consultation process on possible elements of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as proposed.
Stakeholders shared the results of the first meeting of the Working Group for three days to select elements of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework relevant to the DRC. This will allow the DRC to better prepare itself to participate in the next meetings planned in the same framework and to share its agreed priorities in a consensual manner at the country level.
« Kenya’s meeting was important in that it reassured us that, at the international level, the priorities selected by the DRC in the field of biodiversity are beautiful and well integrated into this new global biodiversity framework. It should also be noted that the funding that will be mobilized globally for biodiversity in the next decade will be directed towards actions in line with this new framework, » said Mike Ipanga, focal point of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Ministry of the Environment.
In practice, the new Global Biodiversity Framework is intended to succeed the Strategic Plan for Biological Diversity 2011-2020. It should therefore be based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the plan and the Aichi biodiversity objectives and the best available scientific knowledge.
« Today’s reflections have turned around three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the first of which is zero deforestation, zero species loss and a 50% reduction in man’s consumption and production footprint, » said Alfred Yoko, head of the Wildlife and Wild Flora Programme at WWF/DRC.
DRC: Zambia agrees to export 5 million tonnes of maize flour to Upper Katanga!
The exchanges between the delegates of the DRC and those of Zambia regarding the shortage of maize flour in the province of Haut Katanga are already bearing fruit. Zambia has agreed to export 5 million metric tons of maize flour to the Congolese province of Upper Katanga. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding sanctioned discussions on the import of maize flour between the Governments of the DRC and Zambia.
The signing of this memorandum of understanding is in line with the objective of facilitating and promoting the economic growth of these two neighbouring countries as well as trade, given that trade is the lever of the national economy. It also aims to help the people of Upper Katanga out of the shortage and instability of maize flour prices.
For the Zambian side, the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties is the result of several technical meetings held with representatives of two countries.
The Congolese side was represented by the Minister in charge of the national economy, Acasia Bandubola; the Minister of Foreign Trade, Jean Lucien Busa; Ambassador Chantal Maloba and the Governor of Haut-Katanga province, Jacques Kiabula.
On the Zambian side, the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Michael Zondani; the Minister of Foreign Affairs; farmers’ representatives; the Governor of Luapula Province and some economic operators was noted.
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