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UN, DR Congo discussing end to peacekeeping mission

BBC News - March 4, 2010

MONUCThe UN has begun talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo on withdrawing its peacekeeping mission - the biggest UN operation in the world. UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said his officials would take a month to assess how the pullout of 20,500 personnel could be carried out. The current mandate of the mission, known as Monuc, expires in May.
Southern African countries move to single visa zone

Xinhua - February 26, 2010

SADCThe establishment of a single visa for all the member countries is one of the major objectives of the community, according to Raymond Tshibanda, the minister for international and regional cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Paris Club, Congo agree on debt restructuring plan

Paris Club - February 25, 2010

Paris ClubParis Club creditors agreed on 25 February 2010 with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a restructuring of its external public debt, following the approval by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of a new three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility on 11 December 2009.
U.S. Special Forces Begin Training Congo Army Battalion

Congo News Agency - February 23, 2010

AfricomThe U.S. military command for Africa (Africom) has started training 1,000 Congolese troops in the eastern city of Kisangani. The $30 million training program is expected to last eight months.

SADC Council of Ministers Meeting in DRC for Budget Approval

SADC News - February 22, 2010

Southern Africa Development Community - SADCThe SADC Council of Ministers will be meeting at the Grand Hotel in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February 2010 to consider the 2010/2011 SADC budget.
Joseph Kabila Reshuffles Government

Congo News Agency - February 21, 2010

Congo Government MeetingPresident Joseph Kabila has carried-out a long-awaited government reshuffle aimed at improving performance and good governance. Adolphe Muzito has been reappointed as Prime Minister, Francois Joseph Nzanga Mobutu will also stay on as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Labor and Welfare.
TP Mazembe beat Stade Malien to win Africa Super Cup

BBC Sports - February 21, 2010

TP MazembeChampions League holders TP Mazembe beat Stade Malien of Mali 2-0 to win the Africa Super Cup on Sunday. Zambian duo of Sunzu Stopila and Given Singuluma scored to seal victory for the DR Congo side in Lubumbashi.
Great Lakes countries to hold economic meeting

Xinhua - February 17, 2010

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThe French ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pierre Jacquemot, announced on Tuesday that there will be a meeting in June to mobilize funds for the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL) to support Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo.
U.S. Senator Durbin Calls on Rwanda to Name Rebels Involved in Genocide

Congo News Agency - February 16, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaU.S. Senator Dick Durbin called on Rwandan authorities on Monday to publish the names of FDLR (the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) rebels suspected of involvement in the country’s 1994 genocide.
Mobile Phone Industry Accused of Financing Congo Conflict

VOA News - February 15, 2010

Coltan in cellphonesAn international watchdog is calling for the mobile phone industry to do more to halt the use of rare metals that are mined in conflict zones.  Speaking on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress, Global Witness says metals found in everyday electronic objects are fueling conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.



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