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Kinshasa's pan-African plans for Grand Inga
One of the dams of the Grand Inga project. © Radio Okapi/CC-BY SA 2.0
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Kinshasa's pan-African plans for Grand Inga

Although their construction is being hampered by the very scale of the project in which they figure, the huge Inga III and Inga VIII hydroelectric dams offer the prospect of being able to generate tens of thousands of megawatts of electricity. Congolese president Félix Tshisekedi, whose standing at home has been weakened by his dispute with his predecessor Joseph Kabila, is trying to position himself as the harbinger of a project capable of providing electricity for the entire African continent. To do so, he needs to find the right candidates among the hordes of investors milling at his door.

One of the dams of the Grand Inga project. © Radio Okapi/CC-BY SA 2.0
DRC Diplomacy 03/11/2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. © Phil Noble/Reuters

COP26: Between Grand Inga and DRC forestry capital, Félix Tshisekedi attempts grand slam in Glasgow 

The DRC presidency has come out in force at the climate summit in Glasgow and is looking to give substance to its carbon reduction projects. Its main asset, the construction of the Grand Inga, will be the subject of a behind-the-scenes meeting with the African Union. [...]

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