Democratic Republic of Congo Country Risk Report

Published 25 March 2015 | Quarterly

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Democratic Republic of Congo Country Risk Report

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Core Views
Key Risks To Outlook
Chapter 1: Political Outlook
SWOT Analysis
BMI Political Risk Index
Domestic Politics
Compaor-'s Ouster Will Delay DRC Constitution Change
Burkina Faso's popular revolution will force Congolese President Joseph Kabila to delay his efforts to extend his own time in office
It is
still likely that the Congolese leader will remain in power after 2016, potentially by calling for a long overdue census
TABLE: Political Overview
Long-Term Political Outlook
Structural Weaknesses Will Prolong Instability
There is little chance that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will succeed in overcoming the many structural weaknesses that
There is little chance that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will succeed in overcoming the many structural weaknesses that
have made it one of Sub-Saharan Africa's least stable countries
While the consolidation of power by the central government remains
possible, our core scenario is that Kinshasa's authority over provincial governments will remain limited and that perceived corruption,
possible, our core scenario is that Kinshasa's authority over provincial governments will remain limited and that perceived corruption,
violence and poor institutions will continue to characterise the DRC at the local level
A return to the civil war and anarchy of the 1990s
is unlikely but remains a risk
Chapter 2: Economic Outlook
SWOT Analysis
BMI Economic Risk Index
Economic Activity
Trend Growth Moderating
Real GDP growth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will decelerate from 8
9% 2015, with expansion averaging
TABLE: GDP By Expenditure
GDP Rebased, Economic Structure Unchanged
Updated GDP figures for the DRC have not led us to significantly adjust our growth forecasts for the country, which is one of the world's
Updated GDP figures for the DRC have not led us to significantly adjust our growth forecasts for the country, which is one of the world's
Benguela Railway Will Boost Copper Industry, Eventually
The Democratic Republic of the Congo's transport network is dangerously reliant on a few key trade routes, most of which are in poor
The Democratic Republic of the Congo's transport network is dangerously reliant on a few key trade routes, most of which are in poor
condition and vulnerable to sudden disruptions
The completion of a railway linking copper-rich Katanga with the Angolan port of Lobito
will improve the situation
Fiscal Policy
Budget Goals Unlikely To Be Realised
The DRC's reformist prime minister will not be able to deliver on the ambitious spending plans he recently presented to parliament
Weak revenue collection and administrative failures will keep government spending far below the USD8
3bn that he is targeting for
TABLE: Fiscal Policy
Chapter 3: BMI Global Assumptions
Global Outlook
Warning Signs Growing
Table: Global Assumptions
Table: Developed States, Real GDP Growth, %
Table : Emerging Markets , Real GDP Growt h, %

The Democratic Republic of Congo Country Risk Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in Congo, Dem. Rep.. It is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market.

An influential new analysis of Congo, Dem. Rep.'s economic, political and financial prospects through end-2019, just published by award-winning forecasters, Business Monitor International (BMI).

Key Uses

  • Forecast the pace and stability of Congo, Dem. Rep.'s economic and industry growth through end-2019.
  • Identify and evaluate adverse political and economic trends, to facilitate risk mitigation.
  • Assess the critical shortcomings of the operating environment that pose hidden barriers and costs to corporate profitability.
  • Contextualise Congo, Dem. Rep.'s country risks against regional peers using BMI's country comparative Risk Index system.
  • Evaluate external threats to doing business in Congo, Dem. Rep., including currency volatility, the commodity price boom and protectionist policies.

The Democratic Republic of Congo Country Risk Report by Business Monitor International (BMI) includes three major sections: Economic Outlook, Political Outlook and Operational Risk.

Economic Outlook:

How will the Congo, Dem. Rep.' economic policy-making and performance impact on corporate profitability over 2015-2019?

BMI provides our fully independent 5-year forecasts for Congo, Dem. Rep. through end-2019 for more than 50 economic and key industry indicators. We evaluate growth, and also forecast the impact of economic management.

Economic Outlook Contents

The Democratic Republic of Congo Country Risk Report features BMI's forecasts with supporting analysis for 2015 through to end-2019, set against government views and BMI's evaluation of global and regional prospects.

Key Areas Covered:


  • Full 10-year forecasts with data - for key macroeconomic variables including GDP (real growth and per capita), population, inflation, current account balance and the exchange rate.
  • BMI's comprehensive Risk Index system - rates each country worldwide for economic and political risk, and rates the business environment, within a global and regional context.

Written Analysis:

  • Economic Activity - real GDP growth, employment, inflation, consumption (retail sales and confidence).
  • Balance of Payments - trade and investment, current and capital account.
  • Monetary Policy - interest rate trends (bank lending and deposit rates) and inflation (producer price and consumer price).
  • Exchange Rate Policy - currency controls, foreign investment flows, exchange rates and foreign exchange reserves.
  • Fiscal Policy - macroeconomic strategy and policies, government finance and tax reforms.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - approvals, inflows and climate.
  • External Debt - debt profile (short and long-term plus public and private sector obligations).
  • Global Assumptions - forecasts for each year to end-2019 covering: major commodities, growth in key regions, inflation, and interest and exchange rates, in the United States, Japan, China and the eurozone.

Key Benefits

  • Rely upon BMI's 100% independent forecast scenarios for Congo, Dem. Rep. and underlying assumptions - we take no advertising and are privately-owned.
  • Exploit the benefits of BMI's comprehensive and reliable macroeconomic database on Congo, Dem. Rep., sourced and fully maintained by BMI from an extensive network of private sector, government and multilateral contacts.
  • Gain key insights into the current and future direction of government economic policy, which could significantly affect your company's business prospects, from BMI's team of analysts and economists.

Political Outlook:

What are the political risks to doing business in Congo, Dem. Rep. over the next 5-years?

BMI's Congo, Dem. Rep. country Risk Index evaluates the short- and medium-term threats to political stability.

Political Outlook Contents

  • SWOT Analysis for the Congo, Dem. Rep. Market - Political Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing Congo, Dem. Rep..
  • Political Stability and Risk Assessment - BMI's Risk Index assesses explicit short- and long-term risks to political stability; latest positioning and trends for Congo, Dem. Rep.'s risk are compared with regional and global averages.
  • Current Administration and Policy-making BMI assesses the threats to the continuity of economic policy, and likely changes to the business operating environment.
  • Long-Term Political Outlook BMI examines the structural risks to the stability of Congo, Dem. Rep.’s political system and the dominant public policy issues likely to affect decision-makers, and outlines scenarios for how the state could evolve in the medium to long term.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark Congo, Dem. Rep.'s risk profile against its neighbours, the global and regional average, allowing easy comparison of risks between key business markets.
  • Identify, evaluate and anticipate political and security risks to the business environment, and to your company's current operations and future plans.
  • Gain valuable insights into government and policy-making, through BMI's specialist team of analysts and economists, and their network of private and public sector sources.

Operational Risk

What are the current operational risks and difficulties associated with doing business in Congo, Dem. Rep.?

The Operational Risk section gives an evaluation of current risks and difficulties associated with operating in the market. It also provides a brief overview of the regional Operational Risk Index which benchmarks Congo, Dem. Rep. against its neighbours.

Operational Risk Contents

The chapter provides a summary of the main threats in the country, within:

  • Labour Market Risk (Education; Availability of Labour; and Labour Costs)
  • Logistics Risk (Market Size and Utilities; Quality and Extent of the Transport Governance)
  • Trade and Investment Risk (Economic Openness; Government Intervention; and Legal Risks)
  • Crime and Security Risk (Crime; Terrorism; and Interstate Conflict risks).

The report also drills down in greater depth to address key issues in one of the following segments most critical to the market:

  • Transport network, economic openness, cost and availability of labour, crime risks, bureaucratic environment, market size and utilities, and interstate conflict.
  • Assess your company’s exposure to country specific operational and business risks, using BMI’s insight on the current dangers of operating in the market.
  • Evaluate Congo, Dem. Rep.’s risk profile against its regional peers, helping you understand the market’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to other countries.

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The sections that I find most interesting and useful are the macroeconomic data and forecasts for the country, top export destinations and economic activity. The indicators/analysis of these areas helps us orient our thinking, our assumptions and, consequently, our decisions in the commercial area.

Country Manager, DHL Express