As Chargé d’Affaires, and on behalf of my colleagues at the Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this website. I hope that you will find the information you need to learn more about the Embassy in Kinshasa’s activities and about Canada’s bilateral relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo and with the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). Representing Canada in these warm, fascinating countries is both a great honour and a great privilege.
The staff at the Kinshasa diplomatic mission implements programs related to political and economic affairs, cooperation, business and investment development, and services to Canadian citizens. Our site will give you access to the information you need to become better acquainted and to better understand our activities. Congolese citizens who want to visit Canada can also use this site to find all the information they need to obtain a visa.
Because of its central location in Africa, the DRC is an important actor in terms of political stability and economic development in the region. Canada is a long-standing partner of the DRC: we have been represented in the country since 1962. We play an active role in the stabilization and democratization efforts made by the international community. Canada is involved in diplomatic, humanitarian, development assistance and peacekeeping activities.
The Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa is also accredited to the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), where Canada continues to encourage democratic development and respect for human rights. We believe that these values, as well as good governance, are closely linked to peace and prosperity for states, and to the well-being of their citizens.
The multi-faceted relationship between Canada and the DRC is based, among other things, on our common and active membership in La Francophonie. Moreover, Canada recognizes the significant contribution that the Canadian-Congolese community—based in Montreal, but also Toronto and Vancouver—makes to its society. Canada and the DRC are mining countries and the extent of their natural resource wealth creates affinities that should allow our commercial ties and investments to continue to grow. Therefore, the presence of a number of Canadian investors makes the DRC the fifth largest destination in Africa in the mining sector. Canada encourages the governments of the DRC and the Republic of Congo to improve the business climate that prevails in their countries in order to encourage their own economic growth and further interest Canadian investors. I also invite you to contact our trade sector, where an experienced officer can discuss the various opportunities offered by the Canadian and Congolese markets.
Canada has been a development partner in Africa for over 45 years. The DRC will face a number of challenges in 2014 and Canada will be by its side, as has been in the past. The country is still fighting poverty and instability, on all fronts. Canada’s international development programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in line with the poverty reduction and growth strategy developed by the Congolese government.
Building the capacity of public institutions in central to Canada’s strategy, which aims to establish a more democratic, prosperous and just state. Moreover, the Government of Canada is helping to strengthen the DRC’s health system by targeting the most urgent needs of disadvantaged communities, especially those of mothers, children and youth. Our programs also aim to increase the capabilities of central government officials, local authorities and civil society in order to help the tens of thousands of women and girls who have been the victims of sexual violence in the eastern provinces, and to participate in the fight against these atrocious crimes. Canada also provides humanitarian assistance to communities affected by armed conflict.
If you are a Canadian citizen in the DRC or in the Republic of Congo, I invite you to participate in the Registration of Canadians Abroad program (www.travel.gc.ca). Once registered, you will receive notifications and other useful information that the Embassy sends to citizens in case of emergency. Australian citizens living in or visiting the DRC or the Republic of Congo are also encouraged to register with us, as Australia does not have any diplomatic representation in these countries so the Canadian Embassy provides consular services to Australians.
Requests for tourist, business and student visas will now be processed by the brand new Visa Application Centre (VAC). The VAC is located on Avenue Colonel Mondjiba, Concession Cotex, Rf/Unité Médicale MONUSCO (in front of the French embassy). More information about the procedures to follow can be found at http://www.vfsglobal.ca/Canada/DRC/index.html. Regardless of the nature of your request, I cannot overemphasize the importance of submitting a complete file—with advance notice—to accelerate the processing of your visa application.
The Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa team works hard to promote and defend Canada’s interests in the DRC and the Republic of Congo. We are all very proud—Canadian and Congolese workers alike—to work together to help build relations between our peoples that are even closer and more positive.
Enjoy your virtual tour!