Poverty

The destiny of the DRC is not only that of a State, it is above all that of an entire people. Therefore, like my father, Etienne Tshisekedi Wa Mulumba on whose shoulders I stand, I shout with all my sincerity: “The people first!”

This cry is not for me just a shallow slogan, but a genuine rallying call to what underlies my true political commitment; to serve this primary sovereign population by which one is given a mandate of trust. For “The People First,” I propose three pillars for job-creation and economic growth; investment in security and anti- corruption, investment in education and health, investment in infrastructure.The DRC has the good fortune to have a tremendous wealth of natural resources in its soil. However, the abundance or lack of natural resources does not seem to be a determining factor in the creation of wealth in many other nations. What does is good governance and responsible management of those resources. Countries that have lifted themselves out from under the yoke of poverty in one or two generations have achieved their goals, or are in the process of doing so, through the will and policies of their respective governments.

I consider that the health, welfare and education of the Congolese people is not simply about spending. The average age of the Congolese population is very young. This youth shows a vitality and aggressiveness that only needs to be well channeled, coupled with education and work, to become the spearhead of a rapid creation of prosperity. Once our people are provided a reasonable level of education and offered the opportunity to prosper, will prosper. They will become our primary resource in our campaign to overcome poverty.

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