Development of the production volume of major mining, manufacturing and agricultural products

I. Mining and oil sectors

The reform of these sectors through the opening to private partners made it possible to attract several subsidiaries of large multinationals of the world to DR Congo. The success story indicates the presence in the country of the companies such as : TENKE FUNGURUME MINING (FREE PORT McROAN, KOLWEZI COPPER COMPANY (KINROSS-EGMF) KIBALI GOLD MINING MUTANDA, ASHANTI GOLDFIELD KILO, TWANGIZA MINING, etc.

This massive presence favored the explosive growth over the years of mining production in the country, which explains the impressive improvement of macroeconomic indicators of the country. The development of the production of some major products in the sector hereafter.

Table 1 : Development of the production volume of main mining products from 2006 to 2014 in DR Congo

Figure 1 : Development of the production volume of Copper and cobalt from 2006 to 2014 in DR Congo

Source : Generated on the basis of data from table 1.

Figure 2 : Development of oil production volume from 2006 to 2014 (in 1,000 barrels) in the DRC

Figure 3 : Development of the production volume of zinc, diamond and raw gold from 2006 to 2014 in the DRC

Source : Generated on the basis of data from table 1.

II. Cement and agriculture

As part of inclusive growth recommended by the Government, the DRC is expecting from the private sector, investments of creation, diversification and / or extension in other sectors of national life, including agriculture, fishery, ranching, tourism, food industry, construction materials industry, packaging industry, metallurgical industry, etc.

There are several reasons which can lead one to decision of investing in the sectors mentioned above, namely the availability of market share, availability of labor, the more and more prosperous and secure business climate, the free enterprise known to all, the presence of several materials including limestone, quartz or silica, timber, oil, etc.

To illustrate the availability of market share in the cement sector, the domestic supply fluctuates on average around 450,000 tons / year, while the size of the demand is estimated at more than 3,000,000 tons a year. The resulting difference is covered by imports from China, Turkey, Egypt, etc. However, the ideal would be to enhance the numerous limestone sites scattered across the country. The underperformance recorded in recent years in cement production is due to the cessation of activities of the National Cement factory, the Cement Factory of Katanga, etc.

The construction of two new cement plants is for the moment at least underway at Kimpese in Bas-Congo Province. The real resumption of construction of the cement plant in Eastern Province is part of the revival of the sector.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the market remains open to new investors in this sector.

Besides, the current establishment of Maluku pilot Special Economic Zone and the effectiveness of agro-industrial park project including the pilot zone of BUKANGA LONZO in Bandundu Province constitute factors that ensure the possibility of success of the private sector in the DRC.

The development of the production volume of cement and some agricultural products is as follows :

Table 2 : Development of the production volume of cement and the main agricultural products from 2006 to 2014 in the DRC

Source : Banque Centrale du Congo, Condens� d’informations statistiques, Kinshasa, janvier 2015.

Figure 4 : Development of the production volume of cement from 2006 to 2014 in the DRC

Source : Generated on the basis of data from table 2.

Figure 5 : Development of the production volume of major agricultural products from 2006 to 2014 in the DRC

Source : Generated on the basis of data from table 2.