To silence the criticism that has plagued the development of hydroelectric mega-dams on the Congo River, Félix Tshisekedi's chief of staff is trying to unite the teams involved and garner their support for Australian mining giant Fortescue's project.
After a discussion with the boss of Fortescue Metals Group, the Australian firm slated to develop the Grand Inga project, the Congolese president Félix Tshisekedi abruptly cancelled a meeting devoted to the mega-dam project at which African Development Bank and African Union representatives had been due to speak.
The former British prime minister, whose Tony Blair Institute has been helping the DRC to develop its economic strategy, has warned President Tshisekedi against allowing the Australian giant Fortescue to be in sole charge of the development of the Grand Inga mega-dams.
The African Development Bank is in talks with DRC authorities over its support for one of the vast Grand Inga project hydro-electric dams and is keen to see companies compete to develop it. At stake is some $55m in financing and the bank's seal of approval.
With two years left of his presidential term, Félix Tshisekedi wants to define the shape of the DRC's economic policy through to 2030 and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has drafted report to help with the task.
Executives from the Australian mining giant Fortescue have flown into the Congolese capital to discuss the modalities of a deal to generate a total 70 gigawatts of electricity in the country. Their trip comes as President Félix Tshisekedi prepares to choose between the various bidders for the Grand Inga project.