Orientale Province to become a socio-economic development centre

11 janv. 2014

Orientale Province is organising its first Roundtable of donors and private and public investors. With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in collaboration with UNICEF and a large number of partners, the provincial government plans to transform the province into a sustainable human development centre ensuring sustained, high inclusive growth for the country.

Kisangani, 13, 14 and 15 November 2013: Over 200 participants will attend the Roundtable, the first of the kind to take place in the Province and the country. Development partners, national and provincial institutions, the civil society, the private sector, the United Nations Development Programme among other partners will discuss the following topics: economic governance and business environment, agriculture and rural development, transport and energy infrastructure, social sectors, education and health, mining and tourism. Special attention will be given to the issues of political and economic stabilization, peacebuilding and gender.

Following the Roundtable, a mapping of donor interventions and economic operators will be developed, a roadmap will be endorsed and a monitoring and evaluation committee will be established in line with the country’s Growth Strategy for Poverty Reduction (GSPR), which is reflected in the five-year growth and employment plan and the Priority Actions Programme (PAP) at the provincial level.
The Kisangani roundtable is an innovation in the country. Its success and the resulting concrete commitments will likely encourage other provinces to use this consultation approach while involving investors and operators in their economic reform and recovery plans, which will ultimately have an impact at the national level.
Orientale Province, in north-eastern DRC, is one of the largest provinces in the country (503,239 sq. km) with unique economic and human potential (over 10 million inhabitants, predominantly youth and women). Orientale Province has many advantages in terms of geography, climate, agriculture (70 percent of total economic activity), forestry, biological diversity, fisheries, hydropower, tourism, geology, mining, banking, handicrafts and industry. The province also sits on a large, but still not fully exploited oil reservoir. Although largely in the informal sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and handicraft businesses are a main pillar of the provincial economy.

Despite a mean annual growth of about 7.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, Orientale Province’s production remains substantially below potential output. Furthermore, it is important to continue the efforts already undertaken by the provincial government to address several challenges, including improving the business environment, bridging the infrastructure gap, increasing prospects for private sector development, streamlining the tax system, facilitating access to bank loans to finance investment projects, further reducing isolation by strengthening multimodal transport, and increasing electricity and water coverage.

This is the framework within which the provincial government, UNDP–in collaboration with UNICEF–and other development actors are organising this innovative Roundtable of donors and national and international private and public partners (PPP), with the aim of attracting financing for development cooperation programmes and support implementation of investment projects that will contribute to the socioeconomic well-being of the Province’s population, peaceful coexistence among communities, and stabilization and consolidation of peace.

The Roundtable partners include: Dover Cosmetics, BIC, BIAC, the Belgium Technical Cooperation,  Ecobank, the World Bank, UNICEF, MONUSCO, WHO, UNOPS, the European Union, the Commercial Bank of Congo, Kibali Gold Project, Rawbank, HYDROFORCE CONGO, SDC, TMB.

For more information

UNDP-Kinshasa : nelly.kankolongo@undp.org  UNDP-Kisangani : yollande.ebongo@undp.org

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