Arise in talks to resurrect Matadi-Kinshasa railway line
The DRC government has initiated discussions over the erstwhile rail connection, which is a crucial corridor for conveying shipping containers to the Congolese capital.
The East African Community is currently considering Somalia's application to join the regional bloc, even though it has yet to finalise DR Congo and South Sudan's membership. The regional mechanisms already in place are showing the limits of their effectiveness.
During a closed-door meeting, the East African Community's regional force expressed concern about the lack of synergy between the military and political responses to the crisis in eastern DRC. Kinshasa, meanwhile, has made discreet efforts to open channels of communication with the M23 rebels.