Economy, health dominate President Felix Tshisekedi’s U.S. visit Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021


Boosting the economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo and attracting foreign investment dominated Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi’s first visit to the United States since taking office in January 2019.

During his four-day state visit to Washington DC, newly elected president Tshisekedi held talks with top US government officials and foreign investors all geared towards galvanizing and bettering the economic, health and security sectors of the DRC, he said at a press conference in Washington D.C.

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The trip, he said, during an exchange with reporters, equally sought to promote sustainable and mutually-beneficial relationship between the two countries which for decades had been non-existent.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President, Felix Tshisekedi, meets with members of the press at The Willard interContinental Hotel in Washington DC on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Photo: EMMANUEL IKODOR, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

After touching down Wednesday, the president had an in-camera session with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo with discussion centered on the importance of sustainable and responsible development of natural resources, the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the response to humanitarian crises, and the promotion of stability and security in the DRC.

With his country hit hard by the Ebola outbreak, Felix Tshisekedi held talks with US Secretary of Health Alex Azar, in a bid to mobilize more support and resources for his country.

 Meeting with foreign investors and businessmen including Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Tshisekedi said Congo will enter a new dawn as he embarks on reviving the ailing economy.

On her part, Christine Lagarde of the IMF described the meeting as “constructive”, centered on “recent political and economic developments in the country, and policies to boost strong and inclusive growth.”

As his four-day sojourn to Washington rounds up, President Felix Tshisekidi reiterated that he is ready to work with all so as to better the economy, health, infrastructure and livelihood of all Congolese.

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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