A high-level delegation from South Africa, led by President Thabo Mbeki, signed agreements August 21 with the Democratic Republic of Congo to help rebuild the war-torn DRC.
Mbeki and DRC President Joseph Kabila presided over the Bi-national Commission (BNC) meeting in Kinshasa. Agreements dealt with cooperation in security sector reform and infrastructure such as energy, airports, and railways.
South Africa has been heavily involved in post-war reconstruction and development of the DRC and helped foster the DRC’s first democratic election in 2006. The Bi-National Commission meeting is the first since the landmark vote.
South African participation in DRC includes the partnership of state-owned Industrial Development Corp. of South Africa with DRC’s Societe Nationale d’Electricite and MagEnergy Inc. of Canada to perform emergency refurbishment of generating units of the big Inga hydroelectric complex on the Congo River. (HNN 5/30/07)
ï¿½South Africa’s participation in the fourth session of the South Africa-DRC BNC comes within the context of its commitment to consolidate relations with the DRC and to support the political and economic reconciliation and nation-building processes in the country,ï¿½ South Africa’s Department of Foreign Affairs said.