India and China taking part in the refurbishment of infrastructures in the DRC

8 January 2010

The electricity generating plant at Katende, which supplies the West Kasai region, is soon going to be serving the East Kisai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A representative of the national electricity company made the announcement this week, as reported by the daily Le Potentiel.

Thanks to the funds deriving from the co-operation arrangement with India, the work is going to allow for the extension of the distribution network of the station, which has a capacity of 36 MW.

China is likewise going to be allocating funds to infrastructures in the DRC by way of a loan of 2.5 million Dollars, within the framework of the annual development aid allocated to African countries.

The agreement was signed on Wednesday 7 January 2010 in Kinshasa, between the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, and the ambassador of China in the DRC, Wu Zexian.

This loan is intended, among other things, to allow for the upgrading of a 40 km highway to South Kivu, and the connection of the country to the Atlantic fibre optics cable.<br/>

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