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iPAD DRC: Conference Program 2009


Tuesday 6 October – Thursday 8 October 2009

Pre-Conference Seminar

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Session: 0.1.1

ICT/Telecommunications round-table
An introduction to the sector in the DRC and a high-level discussion with the government, the regulator,
state operator and private sector operators.

Chairman and Moderator: Remigious Makumbe, Director Infrastructure, Southern African Development Community (SADC), Botswana

09h00 – 09h15

Adresse d’ouverture – mise à jour du secteur des PTT
Son Excellence Simon Mboso Kiamputu, Ministre, Ministère de l’Industrie, RDC

09h15 – 10h30

Round-table panel discussion


Session: 0.1.2

ICT and telecommunications infrastructure: special focus on projects and fibre optics
Investment in a sustainable economy via the telecommunications sector: a close look at initiatives in infrastructure development, expanding network coverage to rural populations, installation and extension of fibre optics, and the identification of viable telecommunications investment opportunities.

Chairman: Prof. Eugène Mbuyi Mukendi, Head of Promotion and Training: New Information Communications Technology, Presidency, DRC

11h00 – 11h20

Investment opportunities in telecommunications sector
Prof. Mathias Buabua wa Kayembe, Director General, National Agency for the Promotion of Investment (ANAPI), DRC

(Presentation not available – For further information please contact the web manager: natasha.johnson@spintelligent.com)

11h20 – 11h40

Chinese investment in infrastructure towards regional interconnectivity
His Excellency Wu Zexian, Ambassador, Embassy of China, DRC

11h40 – 12h00

Role of Telecommunications Infrastructure in the proportion to rural development
Léon Ntale, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Microcom, DRC

12h20 – 12h30


Session: 0.1.3

New technologies
The process of introducing new technologies into an infrastructure-poor environment: the implications of mobile network penetration rates, quality of service, costs of operations, and value-added provisions for both the consumer and the operator. This session will further explore how new technology can promote and add value to existing infrastructure, how the regulatory environment can adapt to pave the way for technological advancement, and how foreign direct investment can pioneer the introduction of new technologies into the Congolese marketplace.

Chairman: Prof. Robert Kibale Kisambwe, Advisor in charge of New Technologies to the Prime Ministerial Office of Reconstruction, Prime Ministerial Office, DRC

14h00 – 14h30

Regulatory environment
Oscar Manikunda, Chairman, ARPTC, DRC

(Presentation not available – For further information please contact the web manager: natasha.johnson@spintelligent.com

14h30 – 15h00

Telecoms/payment systems
Christian Dibele, Conseiller Indépendent, Sion Multimedia, RDC

Session: 0.1.4

M-business: the best way forward for ease of business in the DRC?
An exploration of the climate for mobile money in the DRC: How to introduce your mobile banking operations, solutions to the challenge of interoperability, and the role of the telecommunications service provider in mobile money partnerships. The economic climate of the DRC is ripe for viable mobile money business ventures able to overcome the high-risk environment. This session will investigate the regulatory environment, risks and costs. How can companies minimise operating risks? What infrastructure is necessary in order to ensure interoperability? How do costs need to be limited so as to offer service to all consumers?

Moderator: Jean-Jacques Ruhara, Lawyer, Barreau de Kinshasa-Gombe, DRC

15h30 – 17h00


Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Session: 1.0.1

Keynote and opening session
This year the opening session will explore the macroeconomy of the DRC, including strategies to manage the perspective of a high-risk environment and improve the political and economic perception of the country on a global scale in order to encourage comprehensive investment beneficial to all economic sectors and classes.
It will be a series of short presentations by esteemed contributors.

Chairman and moderator: Prof. Mathias Buabua wa Kayembe, Director General, National Agency for the Promotion of Investment (ANAPI), DRC

09h00 – 09h05

Nicole Smith, Director: iPAD Series, Spintelligent, South Africa

09h05 – 09h15

Message from the Presidency
Mazunga Kimbembe, Principal Advisor to the President in charge of Territory and Infrastructure Development, Presidency, DRC 

09h15 – 09h30

Keynote address
His Excellency Olivier Kamitatu Etsu, Minister, Ministry of Planning, DRC

09h30 – 09h45

France’s strategy in and vision for the DRC
His Excellency Pierre Jacquemot, Ambassador, Embassy of France, DRC

09h45 – 10h00

World Bank’s role in facilitating the DRC’s economic recovery
Franck Bousquet, Infrastructure Coordinator, World Bank, United States

10h15 – 10h30

Macroeconomic perspectives
Laure Gnassou, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission to the DRC (MONUC), DRC

10h30 – 11h00

Behind the mirror: Political and economic approaches to reconstruction
His Excellency Prof. Émile Bongeli, Vice-Prime Minister in charge of Reconstruction, Prime Ministerial Office, DRC

(Presentation not available – For further information please contact the web manager: natasha.johnson@spintelligent.com)

11h00 – 11h30


Session: 1.1.1

DRC mining sector: government perspectives

Chairman and moderator: Prof. Mabi Mulumba, Senator and President of the ECOFIN Committee, Senate, DRC

13h30 – 13h45

Message from the Ministry of Mines, DRC
His Excellency Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, Minister, Ministry of Mines, DRC
His Excellency Victor Kasongo Shomary, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Mines, DRC 

13h45 – 14h00

Perspectives, potential and challenges from the North Kivu– blueprint for the future of mining in DRC?
His Excellency Julien Paluku Kahongya, Governor, North Kivu Province, DRC

14h00 – 14h15

Comparative analysis of the Congolese mining sector and benchmarks evaluated by investors
Poupak Bahamin, Partner, Heenan Blaikie, Canada

14h15 – 15h00


Session: 1.2.1

DRC mining sector: State operators and professional perspectives

Chairman and Moderator: Gotthard Walser, Leading Mining Specialist, World Bank, United States

15h30 – 17h00

Panel discussion

What are the strategies to mobilise the mining sector in the wake of the global economic downturn?
State-owned companies provide their perspectives on the mining contract revisions and professional associations representing the private sector raise issues concerning investors.  A question and answer session with the panellists and audience.


Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 8 October 2009

Session: 2.1.1

Infrastructure requirements for an investment-enabling environment in the DRC
A look at the infrastructure necessary for operations in the DRC’s extractive industries. This session will explore the potential reduction of costs available to sectors such as transport and logistics, telecommunications, agriculture, public works, construction and industry through the expansion of the Northern and Southern Corridors. How do these corridors enable and facilitate operations in rural areas and how can alternate means of transport such as via airway or waterway assist the development of extractive industries?

Chairman: Jérôme Roux, Economic and Commercial Advisor, Embassy of Belgium, DRC

09h00 – 09h15

Adresse d’ouverture – Mise à jour du secteur des Transports
Ernest Ilang’ikw Bonkanya, Directeur de Cabinet, Ministères de Transport et Voies de Communication, RDC

09h15 – 09h30

Updates on Sino-Congolese Partnerships
His Excellency Wu Zexian, Ambassador, Embassy of China, DRC

09h30 – 09h45

Revival of river transport: investment opportunities 
Serge Basaula, Deputy CEO, Office National de Transport (ONATRA), DRC

09h45 – 10h00

Port of Walvis Bay: strategic hub for operations and transit
Gilbert Boois, Manager: Projects & Funding, Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Namibia

10h00 – 10h30


Session: 2.2.1

Strategies and initiatives for cooperation and mobilising investment
How does the investor to the DRC manage risk?  What strategies have been necessary to ensure success in a country undergoing reconstruction? What roles do the private sector and investors play in the socio-economic development of the DRC? What are the lessons learnt?

Chairman: Laure Gnassou, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission to the DRC (MONUC), DRC

11h00 – 11h20

Doing business in the DRC:  A risk management perspective
Stewart Kinloch, Acting Chief Executive Officer, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), Kenya

11h20 – 11h40

Initiatives et stratégies prises par la représentation économique et commerciale des régions belges pour attirer les investisseurs étrangères en RDC
Jérôme Roux, Conseiller Économique et Commercial, Ambassade de Belgique, RDC

11h40 – 12h00

The consultant’s perspective on requirements for project success in the Great Lakes region: The Ruzizi Project
Michel Caubet, Programme Director, Sofreco, France

12h00 – 12h20

Opérations bancaires en RDC
Felicite Singa-Boyenge, Directrice Commerciale, Standard Bank, RDC

(Presentation not available – For further information please contact the web manager: natasha.johnson@spintelligent.com

12h20 – 12h30


Session: 2.3.1

Infrastructure requirements: Session on oil and gas
An update on the hydrocarbons sector within the DRC: The exploration and extraction of hydrocarbon resources and how they can assist in the mobilisation of energy supply. This session will also investigate challenges and propose solutions on how to manipulate this sector in the wake of the global economic downturn as well as the important role that hydrocarbons will play in the future of the DRC.

Chairman: Jon Marks, Editorial Director, African Energy, United Kingdom

13h30 – 14h00

Keynote address – Update on the oil and gas sector
His Excellency Gaston Beya Siku, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Hydrocarbons, DRC

14h00 – 14h30

Adoption of the hydrocarbons code
Flore Musendu Flungu, Senator, Senate, DRC

14h30 – 14h45

Le biodiesel et la revolution verte
Prince William Mishiki Buhini, Chairman et Ministre Honoraire a l’Agriculture, MIS Business SPRL, RDC

(Presentation not available – For further information please contact the web manager: natasha.johnson@spintelligent.com

14h45 – 15h00


Closing session: 2.4.1

Development of the DRC electricity sector: Is INGA the only solution?

Chairman and moderator: Eng. Herman Mutima Sakrini, Former Secretary General, Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa (UPDEA), DRC

15h00 – 15h30

Update on the electricity sector
His Excellency Laurent Muzangisa, Minister, Ministry of Energy, DRC 

15h30 – 17h00

High-level panel discussion
A precise look at the politics of electricity in the DRC including the introduction of new legislation, the creation of several new institutions within the energy sector, regulation, and the electrification of rural zones. This session will also discuss regional generation and transmission projects, hydropower potential, regional gas power, IPPs and PPS. This session will be highlighted by contributions from government decision makers, the public sector, donor agencies, international funding associations, banks, and the private sector.


  • Eugène Serufuli, Président du Conseil d’Administration, Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL), RDC
  • Georges Kyriakos, Vice-président du Conseil d’Administration en charge de Développement, MagEnergyInc., Canada
  • Michel Caubet, Chef de Projet, Sofreco, France
  • Prof. Ilunga Ilunkamba, Secrétaire Exécutif,  Comité de Pilotage de la Reforme des Entreprises du Portefeuille de l’État (COPIREP), RDC
  • André Male Cifarha, Directeur en charge de l’Électrification Rurale, Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL), RDC
  • Remigious Makumbe, Directeur des Infrastructures, Communauté de Développement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC), Botswana