The Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region (OSESG-GL) and the Executive Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), with the support of Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other concerned regional organizations including the AU, SADC as well as the UN Global Compact, UNDP and other partners organized the first-ever private investment conference for the great lakes region held in Kinshasa, on the 24-25 February, 2016 called the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference (GLPSIC). The Chambers Federation’s cooperative mining program and conflict-free mineral trade initiatives in South Kivu, DRC were featured in the investment offer brief (IOB) and showcased at the conference in Kinshasa.

The Conference was officially opened by His Excellency Joseph Kabila, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the presence of H.E. Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, in addition to the Vice Presidents of the Republics of Angola and Burundi, the Prime Minister of Rwanda, Ministers, Ambassadors and several representatives of international organizations, and business leaders.

This conference is an instrument for peace, stability and prosperity for the concerned countries. The objectives of the conference was to provide participants with a better knowledge of the investment opportunities and implications for doing business in the region; provide a platform for private sector actors to meet and exchange with policy makers at national and regional levels; help identify key drivers of growth as well as determinants for a favorable business climate in the region, and provide ‘matchmaking’ of potential flagship investment opportunities/projects with interested investors. The Chambers Federation’s cooperative mining program and conflict-free mineral trade initiatives was selected as one of those flagship investment opportunities.

Stay tuned for updated information on the PSIC followup conference in Gisenyi, Rwanda!