US to provide $600 million aid to DR Congo for political transition


The United States has unveiled a $600 million three-year aid package for the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The package will be given to DR Congo to aid political transition in the wake of President Felix Tshisekedi taking office last January, US ambassador Mike Hammer said in a statement on Thursday. 

“Through USAID and other development assistance, the US government supports President Tshisekedi’s change agenda, including combatting corruption, improving human rights, advancing stability, attracting investment, and delivering results for the Congolese people,” Hammer said. 

According to Hammer, the development assistance would support investment in “activities related to education, economic growth, health, anti-corruption, and good governance, environmental protection, and humanitarian assistance,” as Washington lifted assistance to these sectors to $1.25 billion since 2015. 

Paul Sabatine, USAID director signed the aid accord with Pepin-Guillaume Manjolo BuakilaDRC Minister for International Cooperation. 

Meanwhile, France in a statement said it would boost “joint efforts” to eradicate the Ebola epidemic in the east of the country through a roadmap prioritising urgent humanitarian aid, scientific partnerships and developing healthcare infrastructure. 

“France has committed to mobilising 71 million euros ($80 million) for healthcare in the DRC from 2018 to 2021,” a ministry statement read. 

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