Designation of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Public Officials for Significant Corruption

PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 16, 2023 The United States is designating the following individuals as generally ineligible for entry into the United States, due to their involvement in significant corruption: Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa, the former Director General of Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN); Leonard Muamba Kanda, the former Department Head of the DRC ... Read More»

The United States encourages the DRC to make further progress in the fight against human trafficking

On June 15, the U.S. Department of State released the 2023 Trafficking in Persons Report, an annual report that highlights the progress and setbacks in addressing human trafficking across the globe.  This year’s report acknowledged the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (GDRC) to address trafficking in persons in 2022 and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Great Lakes Region

Ambassador Robert Wood Alternative Representative for Special Political Affairs New York, New York October 26, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Special Envoy Xia for your informative briefing to the Council. I also wish to welcome to this meeting the representatives from South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, and the DRC. The UN ... Read More»

U.S. and DRC Law Enforcement Collaborate to Stop Wildlife Trafficking Ring

  November 8, 2021 KINSHASA – Two Congolese traffickers were arrested in the United States and approximately $3.5 million worth of ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin scales seized on November 4th as the result of a 2+ year, multinational cooperative effort between the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Homeland ... Read More»

United States Renews Development Cooperation Strategy with the Government of the DRC totaling $1.6 Billion Dollars Over 5 Years

U.S. EMBASSY KINSHASHA, CONGO For Immediate Release Tuesday, July, 20th, 2021 Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Paul Sabatine signed a new Country Development Cooperation Strategy with His Excellency, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samy Adubango Awotho. Estimated at $1.6 billion U.S. Dollars over five years, this investment—which is made possible thanks ... Read More»

U.S. to provide $10 million to strengthen anti-corruption and anti-crime institutions

Subject: U.S. to provide $10 million to strengthen anti-corruption and anti-crime institutions under the Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity Kinshasa, DRC– On September 26, U.S. Ambassador Mike Hammer signed a letter of agreement with Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Security, and Customary Affairs Gilbert Kankonde that will provide an additional $10 ... Read More»

USAID Awards a New Artisanal Mine Site Validation Project

Date: July 18, 2019 Subjet: USAID Awards a New Artisanal Mine Site Validation Project The U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) , is pleased to announce the award of a new USAID-funded mine site validation project in North and South Kivu. The $3.7 million USAID-funded Sustainable Mine Site Validation (SMSV) project, implemented by Pact, will help counter ... Read More»

Visit by U.S. AFRICOM Brigadier General deMilliano Advances the U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity

Date: June 20, 2019 Subject: Visit by U.S. AFRICOM Brigadier General deMilliano Advances the U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Brigadier General Steven J. deMilliano visited the DRC on June 18 and 19 in response to President Tshisekedi’s visit to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in April 2019, during which President ... Read More»

U.S. Committed to Contributing to the Fight Against Corruption in Congo

Date: May 21, 2019 Subject: U.S. Committed to Contributing to the Fight Against Corruption in Congo U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Heather Merritt visited the DRC this week to support President Tshisekedi’s efforts to combat corruption and to discuss opportunities to deepen the ... Read More»

Statement by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy

Date: March 15, 2019 Subject: United States to Work with Tshisekedi Administration to Build a More Prosperous Congo On December 30, the Congolese people voted for change. This historic, peaceful change in leadership provides an opportunity for the United States to work with the new Tshisekedi Administration in order to usher in broad social and ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, D.R.C. – Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Checkpoints in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that numerous checkpoints have been observed throughout Kinshasa since the Makala Prison break.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the following guidance when approaching these checkpoints: Slow down when approaching checkpoints. Turn on your interior vehicle light at night. Stop your vehicle at the checkpoint as ... Read More»
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