Happy Independence Day Congo

15 August 2022

The Diplomatic Informer Magazine wishes to congratulate the Government and the people of Congo on the occasion of anniversary of the independence day.

We sincerely wish the Government & the people of Congo continued unity, peace and increased prosperity.

August 15, 1960, marked Independence Day for Congo. The people of the country every year celebrate August 15 as the Congo National Day. It was on this day Congo gained complete independence from France, ending 80 years of French colonial rule.

Independence Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Congo on August 15th each year.
The Republic of Congo got its freedom from France. The French Congo occupied the largest city of Congo, Brazzaville on 10 September 1880. The French formally established themselves in Congo on 30 November 1882.

Abbé Fulbert Youlou, a laicized Brazzaville-Congolese Roman Catholic priest, became the first President of the Republic of the Congo on its independence. He resigned on 15 August 1963 after an uprising.

Abbé Fulbert Youlou imposed a single party system and imprisoned union leaders in August 1963. He had to resign following opposition in the governance in 1964. However, after many changes, the sovereign state has had multi-party elections since 1992. A democratically elected government was ousted in 1997 after a Civil War. Currently, there is a Unitary semi-presidential republic in Congo.

Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and Congo were formalized in 1993. During that year the South African Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo then Zaire was accredited to this country.

South Africa and Congo Relations

South African opened a Residential Diplomatic Mission in Brazzaville in July 2005. Ever since then Diplomatic, economic and commercial relations between South Africa and Congo-Brazzaville have been growing steadily.
The South African Mission in Congo Brazzaville is committed to strengthen and solidify these existing bilateral relations for the benefit of the people of both countries.

The President of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, in his role as – Chairman of the African Union, pledged to improve the infrastructure in the African continent, and also encourage African countries to increase trade among them.

Both President – Ramaphosa and President Denis Sassou Nguesso who was also the chairman of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya committed to “Silence The Guns” by 2020, in line with the African Union theme for 2020,  committed to stop all forms of armed conflicts in Africa.

Trade Info

Congo Brazzaville has many investment opportunities, among others in the oil, mining, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism sectors. As the third largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa, Congo is inviting businesspeople to explore investment opportunities in the country.

On the other hand, South Africa is a country of vast opportunities and a highly developed country in Africa. South Africa is rich in mineral resources, manufacturing ability, agriculture and advanced financial systems to mention a few. South Africa is also a perfect investment and tourism destination.

MTN: telecommunications; South African Farmers – Congo Agriculture and Agri-SA, Todi River Farmers and Van Doorns Agri SA; African Park and Wilderness Safaris; New African Global Energy (New Age); RRL Grindrod. Airlink (Pty) Limited is currently in the process to get authorisation to resume its services (i.e.to fly) to Libreville, Gabon via Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

South Africa Exports to Congo

South Africa Exports to Congo was US$781.17 Million during 2020, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade. South Africa Exports to Congo – data, historical chart and statistics – was last updated on August of 2022.

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