The Democratic Republic of Congo, also known as DR Congo or the DRC, is located in Central Africa and is home to nearly 77 million inhabitants. By area the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is also the most populous officially francophone country and spans across an area of almost 2,5 million km2.
Besides the capital Kinshasa, the two next largest cities are Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi, both mining communities. Indeed, the DRC, on top of being home to 80 million hectares of arable land, is very rich in mineral resources such as cobalt, as well as precious metals.
Since 2018, the DRC’s economic growth has grown significantly, rising at a rate of 4.1% in 2018, which is up from 3.7% in 2017 and 2.4% in 2016, according to the World Bank’s most recent statistics.