24 - 25 NOV 2021

Develop a regional value chain around the electric battery industry, an electric vehicle market and clean energy.


KINSHASA, PALAIS DU PEUPLE

FLEUVE CONGO HOTEL
A pan-African dynamic

By working together for the efficient exploitation of minerals and by creating transformation and production factories, African countries will ensure sustainable development and be capable of improving integration of African battery mineral producers into global value chains which will contribute to prosperity, the creation of decent jobs for youth and strengthen the competitiveness of local SMEs.

The global energy transition

directed towards green energy has stimulated the demand for electric vehicles and investments in storage systems powered with batteries.

DRC-AFRICA
Business forum

whose central theme is the following:
Developing a regional value chain around the electric battery industry, a market for electric vehicles and clean energy

It aims to bring together African governments, the private sector and African entrepreneurs, development partners, institutional investors, traders and industrialists together to dialogue, identify opportunities and facilitate investments to increase Africa's share in the chain value of batteries, electric vehicles and renewable energy.

The Forum will be held under the high patronage of the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, HE Mr. Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo .

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Round Tables

A pan-African dynamic with a focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Acknowledging its endowment in natural resources, and in particular in strategic minerals which go into the composition of lithium-ion batteries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can play a key role in the global energy transition in terms of energy storage and electric mobility. The DRCaccounts for nearly 70% of the production world of cobalt, with an estimated annual production of around 100,000 tones (source: Bloomberg NEF). The country has more than 25 million tones of cobalt reserves identified in its subsoil, or 2/3 of the world's identified reserves. In supplement to cobalt in the DRC, the African continent is endowed with significant reserves of manganese, graphite, copper and other minerals which are components of lithium-ion batteries, creating the possibility of a strong regional value chain for batteries, electric cars and renewable energies.
In particular, the DRC's rich cobalt, copper and lithium resources offer Africa the opportunity to be at the heart of the dynamic battery value chain, the electric vehicle revolution and the deployment of renewable energy.

HE Mr. Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Among the diversification options available to the Democratic Republic of Congo with a view to capturing more added value and thus industrializing the Congolese economy, is the local production of lithium batteries instead of the gross export of minerals, including lithium, which accounted for nearly 85% of exports recorded by our country in 2018. It is in view of this possibility that we have embarked on a series of reforms, aimed in particular at improving the business climate and the legal and regulatory framework in order to make our country a first choice destination for investors from various horizons.

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H.E. Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge

Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo

It is urgent that our raw materials are processed domestically so as to create economic value addition, more-so as the prices of components and/or finite products will be more stable and secure economic resilience for us.

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SPEAKERS &
HOST

SPAEKER
Julien Paluku

Minister of Industry, DR Congo

Julien Paluku

Minister of Industry

SPAEKER
Nicolas Kazadi Kadima

Minister of Finances, DR Congo

Nicolas Kazadi Kadima

Minister of Finances

Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi

Minister of Mines

SPAEKER
Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba

Minister of Foreign Trade

Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba

Minister of Foreign Trade

SPAEKER
Mwenze Mukaleng Olivier

Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity

Mwenze Mukaleng Olivier

Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity

SPEAKER
Dr Vera Songwe

United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Dr Vera Songwe

United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

SPAEKER
Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AFDB)

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AFDB)

SPEAKER
Ms Sanda Ojiambo

CEO & Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

Ms Sanda Ojiambo

CEO & Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

SPAEKER
Prof. Benedict Oramah

President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Prof. Benedict Oramah

President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)

SPAEKER
Dr. Sidi Ould Tah

Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)

Dr. Sidi Ould Tah

Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)

SPAEKER
Samaila Zubairu

President and CEO, Africa Finance Corporation

Samaila Zubairu

President and CEO, Africa Finance Corporation

SPAEKER
Olivier Pognon

Director and CEO, African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

Olivier Pognon

Director and CEO, African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

HOST
Alain Foka

Journalist RFI

Alain Foka

Journalist RFI

PARTICIPATORY DYNAMICS

The DRC-Africa Business Forum 2021, which will take place in Kinshasa, will include plenary sessions, inter-company roundtables, formal presentations from leading African companies and investors, and networking sessions.

EXPECTED SOLID RESULTS

Identifying business opportunities

to build regional value chains on the battery, electric vehicles and renewable energy sub-sectors in DRC and other battery minerals producing countries in Africa.

Clear and enabling policies

for developers and project financiers.

Government support

articulated to facilitate investments in battery, electric vehicles, and renewable energy value chain in the DRC and Africa, in general.

Dr. Vera Songwe

United Nations Under-Secretary-General & Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa

The DRC-Africa Business Forum is a forum where we will discuss this possibility of moving DRC and the rest of the African continent to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement to see how we can build a global African value chain in battery and electric vehicle supply . For this to happen, it will take the private sector, industry players, foreign investment as well as commitment and will from the Governments of DRC and other African countries.

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Dr Kwasi Ampofo,

Head of Metals and Mining, BloombergNEF

Africa can leverage its raw materials to play a key role in the battery electric vehicle industry.

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