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Kinshasa: Rawbank, EU and Institut français support African music Forum



Kinshasa: Rawbank, EU and Institut français support African music Forum

Bomaye Music, the organizing label of the second edition of the African Music Forum in Kinshasa, is supported by Rawbank, the French Institute and the European Union delegation in DR Congo. These partners reiterated their support for the promotion of music and the emergence of Congolese and African musical artists.

It was during the inaugural cocktail of this musical event offered to guests on the roof of the Atruim, the building that houses Rawbank’s headquarters.

In his introductory speech, the organizer of the African Music Forum welcomed the participation of musical artists from all over the world.

« There’s something I care about. Congolese artists have a lot of talent. And I think they need an appropriate framework to live off their music and shine around the world, » said artist Philo.

This concern is shared by Rawbank, which, as part of its social responsibility, promotes Congolese music and local artists. According to Thierry Taeymans, his bank is proud to be a Master Partner of this forum, which aims to bring musical art to life in the African reality where it is deployed on a daily basis.

« Copyright, international support for artists, the construction of an enabling professional environment, the distribution of works by streaming. These are crucial themes for the music industry in Congo. We have no doubt that these discussions will have a strong impact on all Congolese artists who expect real support and security for their professional careers, » he said.

The European Union delegation in DR Congo was represented at this meeting by its chargé d’affaires, Guillaume Chartrin. He did not fail to mention the main objectives pursued by the network of States of the Union which support the culture, in particular music.

Reference is made to the contribution to the strengthening of the cultural sector, the professionalization of Congolese cultural actors and the priority given to young people, taking into account the gender dimension for their emergence on the continental scene and beyond.

For his part, the French ambassador stationed in Kinshasa, structured his word into four points to talk about the African music forum.

This meeting aims, above all, to promote African talents and cultures, music and the tremendous vitality of Congolese youth. Then, said François Pujolas, the African music forum is a strong testimony to the multiple links between the DRC and Europe, France in particular which has decided to strengthen its cooperation with the DRC.

« The AMF highlights the reputation and expertise of the French diaspora, considering that the French label Bomayé Musik promotes a professional network composed mainly of artists from the diaspora of Congolese origin such as Naza, Keblack and Youssoupha, » added the French ambassador.

Finally, he recalled that the AMF is a perfect illustration of President Macron’s clear desire to promote around the Africa 2020 season, which will open in June in Bordeaux (France) with a concert of urban music on the occasion of the 28th Africa France Summit, which will bring together the continent’s 55 heads of state.

The Provincial Government of Kinshasa was represented by its Commissioner General for Culture and Arts, Yvette Tabu. Speaking of the political vision of her mission, she said that everything is being done to make Kinshasa a cultural city that shines throughout the world.

« This kind of activity is an extended hand for the provincial government. Because music is also our business card. Thanks to the Congolese Rumba, Kinshasa today is UNESCO’s creative city in the field of music. I invite Bomaye to highlight this, to help us move forward and the appropriate public policies will be implemented, » she reassured us.


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DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa



DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

Prime Minister Ilunkamba has just authorized, on Monday, October 14, 2019, the Minister of Urban Planning and Housing Then Mwabilu and the Minister of State for International Cooperation Guillaume Manjolo to sign two orders.

This, after his visit to the site where the great Cultural and Artistic Centre of Central Africa will be built as well as the INA Buildings, the National Institute of Arts, where he ordered the resumption of work.

DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

The first decree concerns the postponement of the decree of 14 October 2016 and the second concerns the decommissioning of a portion of land in favour of Sino-Congolese cooperation.

The Chinese company BEIJING URBAN CONSTRUCTION GROUP is in charge of building this large Centre for 30 months. The cost of the work is estimated at US$100 million.

After this visit to the field, the head of the Ilunga Ilunkamba Government himself presided over the signing ceremony of these two ministerial decrees for the implementation of the Chinese government’s donation to the DRC.


There was talk of ending the superposition of orders first by repealing the one that granted the same concession to Richesse Taylor.

DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

It should be noted that the cultural and artistic centre, one of the largest in Central Africa, will constitute, according to the Minister of State for Cooperation Guillaume Mandjolo, an innovative source for the public treasury and restore the DRC’s position as a leader in the world of African culture.

This large Centre will be located between the triumphal boulevard and Assossa avenues, a few metres from the People’s Palace.

The construction of this important cultural building includes the large 2,000-seat theatre, the small 800-seat theatre, meeting rooms, the gymnasium and a car park.

Nadine FULA

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DRC: in 2020, Goma will host the « NiNyumbani » development fair



DRC: in 2020, Goma will host the "NiNyumbani" development fair

The capital of North Kivu province will host in 2020, a development fair entitled: « NINYUMBANI », which means « at home » in Swahili. It is the initiative of a young native of Greater Kivu, Marc Lanoy Kasongo, entrepreneur and founder of OPLUS, a communication, marketing and advertising company.

« NiNyumbani » is an event that brings together different decision-makers from the DRC and the Great Lakes Region around reflections aimed at a clear and achievable future.

It is a platform whose mission is to create a common front against the many challenges related to unemployment, education, access to electricity and water, as well as agricultural and road infrastructure.

This exhibition, which is part of a community development process, is organized once a year around a central theme on which different themes focus on economic opportunities and emerging concerns in the region in order to propose practical solutions that can be applied at cost, in the medium and long term.

This activity is expected to welcome 500 exhibitors from different fields of activity; among others, economic operators, entrepreneurs, state institutions, banks, start-up managers, incubators, civil society and universities, opinion leaders, etc.

In addition to exhibitions, the programme also includes conferences.

DRC: in 2020, Goma will host the "NiNyumbani" development fair« This fair is also being set up to give a new image to our Dear City of Goma and the long-suffering province of North Kivu, whose image is being tarnished both inside and outside the country. We want to demonstrate here the potential of our province, and what we can bring to the development of our country, » explained Marc L. Kasongo, who is in Kinshasa for contacts around the organization of this major Rendez-vous.

To him he added, « we also want to give everyone, whatever their social rank, the opportunity to come and present their products and services, because we aim for development at the grassroots level. NINYUMBANI is our common home, » added the initiator of the activity.

For Marc Lanoy Kasongo, several results are expected from this exhibition.

The aim is to propose solutions to the fundamental development challenges in Greater Kivu and the DRC; to propose new business, industry and investment opportunities and strategies in Greater Kivu and the DRC; to create partnerships between stakeholders; to connect decision-makers in the sub-region; and to create a practical solution through work.

This exhibition, whose date remains to be determined, can only be possible thanks to the contribution of the Congolese, from which Marc Kasongo solicits the involvement of the authorities and mainly the Head of State, who has made the promotion of youth his main concern.


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Global: Global value chains have stimulated growth but the momentum is running out of steam!



Global: Global value chains have stimulated growth but the momentum is running out of steam!

The World Bank Group published a new report on October 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C., USA. This World Development Report 2020 focuses on trade for development in an era of globalized value chains. It details strategies that will enable developing countries to improve their performance for the benefit of their populations by undertaking reforms that will stimulate their participation in global value chains.

The paper highlights that global value chains or GVCs can continue to stimulate growth, create better jobs and reduce poverty, provided that developing countries undertake deeper reforms and that industrialized countries implement open and predictable policies.

It clearly shows that in an era of globalization, companies can no longer do everything, they specialize and no longer have to produce the entirety of a good on their own.

This book assesses the contribution of VCMs to growth, employment and poverty reduction, but also to inequality and environmental degradation. It also explains how national policies can boost trade growth and ensure that VCMs participate in, rather than oppose, sustainable development. It identifies the shortcomings of the international trading system that have led to dissension between countries, and proposes a roadmap for addressing them through enhanced international cooperation.

This report reveals that it is no longer so obvious today that trade remains an engine of prosperity, this World Bank report points out. Since the 2008 global financial crisis, trade growth has been sluggish and VCM expansion has slowed. The last decade has not seen transformative events comparable to those of the 1990s. Here we are referring to the integration of China and Eastern Europe into the global economy. Two factors are at the root of this slowdown. First, the introduction of labour-saving technologies such as automation and 3D printing could bring production closer to the consumer and reduce the demand for labour both within and outside countries. Secondly, trade conflicts between large countries could lead to a contraction or segmentation of VCMs.

According to this report, global value chains have a positive impact on development.
First, they increase productivity and growth: a 1% increase in participation in global value chains is estimated to increase per capita income by more than 1%, almost twice as much as the gains induced by traditional trade. In Ethiopia, companies engaged in these globalized sectors are twice as productive as their counterparts operating in traditional trade.

Second, they reduce poverty: since the impact of the rise of global value chains on economic growth is greater than that of trade in finished products, their impact on poverty reduction is also greater. Countries such as Mexico and Viet Nam, which are more actively involved in global value chains, have achieved better results in the fight against poverty.

Third, they improve the quality of jobs: firms operating in global value chains attract labour to more productive activities in manufacturing and services, and generally employ more women, thus contributing to the structural transformation of developing countries.
In addition to these positive effects, however, it is noted that VCMs can also have negative effects on the environment. The main environmental costs for VCMs are related to the growth in trade in intermediate goods, and the increase in distances travelled, compared to traditional trade. Their effects include increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with transportation (compared to traditional trade) and excess waste.

Nadine Fula

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