International Relations

We will ensure the DRC makes a rapid return and has a permanent presence on the international scene where the major global issues are played out. The DRC will thus regain its leading role in regional cooperation and integration, as well as the place it deserves in the concert of nations.

We will promote in the DRC, a country surrounded by nine neighbours, a ‘good neighbourʼ policy as a foundation for mutually beneficial peaceful cohabitation. We will seek a lasting political solution to the conflicts between the communities of Eastern DRC by targeting the root causes and create the conditions for a frank and direct dialogue with neighbouring Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda.

We will revisit our international relations and cooperation outside Africa. Mutually beneficial principles will prevail in all these reforms as the basis of any partnership. We will seek to create a State capable of conducting responsible diplomacy and foreign policy, based on fair bi-lateral principles.

We will restore the international credibility of the DRC’s diplomatic missions and give the Congolese diplomats the prestige they no longer have. The debts accumulated since the beginning of the eighties will be paid off. A new salary scale and level of operating costs will be set. The criterion of excellence will be reintroduced in the recruitment of diplomats. We will rationalize, by deletion or reorganization, the number of diplomats and their missions abroad on the basis of both their utility and the budgetary means of the DRC so as to ensure their capability to fulfill their responsibilities.

We will encourage a harmonization and integration of diplomatic policy which is a vital necessity for the DRC. Faced with the numerous international structures in which our country is represented, we will establish a priority among them with a clear view of the objectives to be achieved in each. This rationalization could lead to withdrawal of one or another of these responsibilities. We will establish a match between this presence in the various organizations and the budgetary resources of the Republic to avoid the accumulation of debt that deprives it of a deliberative voice and make pointless even of its presence. Wherever we decide to continue, we will increase the participation of the DRC in implementing collective security mechanisms to establish the stability of the Republicʼs institutions in the region.

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