Business in the Democratic Republic of Congo
After decades of decline, the economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo is slowly on the rise. Renewed activity in the mining sector, the source of most export income, has boosted Kinshasa's fiscal position and GDP growth in recent years.
The country marked its tenth consecutive year of positive economic expansion in 2012. Due to its abundance of natural resources, the country has the potential to be one of Africa's richest countries. Its biodiversity, plentiful forests, mineral resources and agricultural potential offer many opportunities for foreign investment. Some key areas for investment include mining, oil, timber, railroads and telecoms.
When conducting business, it is advised to work with a local attorney to ensure smooth business relations. The main spoken language used is French, and interpreters are available.
Flights from South Africa to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
South African business travellers will arrive at the N'Djili International Airport in Kinshasa. The airport is located 25km southeast of Kinshasa and various transport options are available into to the city. Taxis should be organised in advance and for the one-hour drive to the city centre. The best alternative is to take a shuttle provided by one of the travel companies at the arrivals door. This can be organised by your hotel to ensure reliable arrival. Should you wish to hire a car, there are companies located at the airport, however prior arrangement to secure your booking is advised. The airport features a Bureau de Change, post office, a bar and a restaurant, however service is not always reliable.
Accommodation in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Accommodation in Kinshasa is renowned for being expensive. There are only two hotels that are considered to offer accommodation equivalent to international standards.
There are many restaurant options that cater to international tastes; however these can all be quite expensive. Treat clients to a business lunch of freshwater prawns from the Congo River served with garlic and pili-pili butter sauce.
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