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Lukonde Sounds the Siren for Investment: DRC Pitches Itself as Africa’s Mining Powerhouse at Indaba

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sent a clear message at the 2024 Mining Indaba: it’s open for business, and the world’s miners should take notice. Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde took to the stage during the event, painting a picture of a nation brimming with untapped potential – a potential he urged investors to explore.

Lukonde wasted no time in highlighting the DRC’s trump card: its vast reserves of critical minerals. “The DRC is not just a mining nation,” he declared, “it’s a green metals powerhouse.” With cobalt, lithium, and other essential components for the clean energy transition buried beneath its soil, the Prime Minister emphasized the country’s strategic importance in the global race towards electrification.

Acknowledging past challenges, Lukonde stressed the government’s commitment to transparency and stability. “We understand the concerns about governance,” he conceded, “but we’re actively reforming our mining code, streamlining regulations, and ensuring a level playing field for all investors.” He pointed to the recent revision of the mining code, which aims to attract investment while protecting national interests.

Lukonde emphasized the importance of collaboration. “We’re not looking for handouts,” he stated, “we’re seeking partnerships that benefit both parties.” He spoke of opportunities for joint ventures, technology transfers, and knowledge sharing, painting a vision of mutual growth and development.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the hurdles ahead – infrastructure deficiencies, skilled labour shortages, and community concerns. However, he expressed confidence in the government’s ability to address these issues. “We’re working diligently to improve infrastructure, invest in education, and ensure communities benefit from mining activities,” he assured the audience.

Lukonde’s address resonated with many in the industry. “The Prime Minister’s message was clear and encouraging,” said a representative of a major mining company. “The focus on transparency, partnership, and sustainability is exactly what we need to see.” Others echoed the sentiment, highlighting the positive shift in the DRC’s approach to mining.

The Indaba stage provided Lukonde with a platform to showcase the DRC’s potential. Whether his siren song will lure investors remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: the DRC is determined to claim its place as a major player in the global mining landscape.

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