Speaking at a business seminar in Kinshasa in the DRC, on Monday, the Deputy Minister said the two countries have an important relationship through the bi-national commission, as well as other agreements in place to support the growth and trade between the two.
“South Africa regards the DRC as a strategic market and partner due to the enormous potential that exists between the two countries driven by the mining, reconstruction of roads and energy infrastructure, as well as the impact of the agricultural campaign launched in 2012. Notwithstanding the global challenges, the DRC’s economy has remained strong with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 8.6% in 2014,” explained the Deputy Minister.
The seminar is part of the 7th Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) which is organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). The ITI is one of the South African government’s initiatives to increase trade between the two countries.