On the 28th and 29th August 2017, AFRODAD organized two workshops in Kinshasa, in partnership with the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) and the Center for Strategic Studies
on Governance and Development (CESGD) for the presentation and validation of a study commissioned by AFRODAD on the “Assessment of the Fluctuation of Commodity Prices and their Impact on Price Revenues of SADC Countries: the Case of Copper in DRC”.
2. Presentation of the Study to Congolese Parliamentarians
The first day of work on 28th, consisted of presenting the draft report of the aforementioned study to Congolese Parliamentarians. Fourteen Members and Senators had favorably responded to the invitation.
The session was moderated by Mr. George Bokondu, SARW Programme Manager (DRC). The introduction was done by two staff members of AFRODAD: Ms. Emmanuella Matare and Mr. Bright. The spoke about AFRODAD as an organization and they then explained the context and objectives of the study on commodity price factors in the SADC region.
Findings of the study were then presented and this led to reactions and observations from Honorable Members of Parliament and Senators. Recommendations included:
- Harmonization of certain contradictory points in the study;
- Verifying certain assertions;
- Correlation of some data including a new analysis of the impact of rising or falling commodity prices on increases or decreases in Government revenues;
There were discussions on the governance of the Congolese mining sector and on the mining code which is subject to revision in parliament.
3. Presentation of the Study to Members of the Congolese Civil Society
Findings of the study was presented to members of the Congolese Civil Society at the conference hall of the Bobote Gombe College, on the 29th August. A programme similar to the one for the previous days was followed. Participants appreciated the study and its findings.
There were a remarkable appreciation of the study and its relevance in both sessions. Relevant observations were made to enrich it.