Business Monitor International

Democratic Republic of Congo Business Forecast Report

Published 24 September 2014

  • 29 pages
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  • Includes 3 free updated quarterly reports
Democratic Republic of Congo Business Forecast Report
  • The UN intervention force has engaged in direct clashes with the M23 rebels in North Kivu, and this marks a significant shift in the world body's political strategy in the DRC. Several shells have landed in Rwanda, raising the risk that Kigali may become more openly involved in the conflict. Despite attempts to restart negotiations, BMI predicts that the situation will escalate, but remain geographically contained.

  • BMI predicts that real GDP growth will slow from 7.9% in 2013 to 6.0% in 2014 as a result of falling commodity prices, a weak business environment, and slowing mining growth. We expect that economic growth will remain between 5.5% and 6.5% over the duration of our 2014-2017 forecast period.

  • We have adjusted our budget forecasts, and now expect the DRC's fiscal shortfall to reach 6.3% of GDP in 2014 compared to 5.4% previously . This is based on our prediction that revenue growth will slow, and that the current budget process is making overly optimistic assumptions about economic growth.

  • The DRC's current account deficit is widening due to lower commodity prices and faltering production in key sectors. We predict that the country's current account shortfall will widen from 13.5% in 2013 to 14.1% in 2014. Slower copper production growth and lower price for the metal will depress exports, while import demand remains strong.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Core Views
Key Risks To Outlook
Chapter 1: Political Outlook
SWOT Analysis
BMI Political Risk Ratings
Domestic Poltics
New Government Will Not Improve Governance
TABLE: Political Overview
Long-Term Political Outlook
Structural Weaknesses Will Prolong Instability
Chapter 2: Economic Outlook
SWOT Analysis
BMI Economic Risk Ratings
Economic Activity
Slower Growth Ahead
TABLE: Selected Power Projects
TABLE: GDP By Expenditure
Economic Activity II
Unbalanced Economy Will Impede Income Growth
Fiscal Policy
Weak Budget Will Undermine
Weak Budget Will Undermine
Spending Plans
TABLE: Fiscal Policy
Balance Of Payments
Current Account Balance Will Widen
TABLE: Current Account
Chapter 3: BMI Global Assumptions
Global Outlook
Eurozone Downgrade On Poor Q214
Table: Global Assumptions
Table: Developed States, Real GDP GrowtH, %
Table: Emerging Markets, Real GDP Growth, %

The Democratic Republic of Congo Business Forecast Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in The Democratic Republic of Congo and is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market..

An influential new analysis of The Democratic Republic of Congo's economic, political and financial prospects through end-2017, just published by award-winning forecasters, Business Monitor International (BMI).

Key Uses

  • Forecast the pace and stability of The Democratic Republic of Congo's economic and industry growth through end-2017.
  • Identify and evaluate adverse political and economic trends, to facilitate risk mitigation.
  • Assess the critical shortcomings of the business environment that pose hidden barriers and costs to corporate profitability.
  • Contextualise The Democratic Republic of Congo's country risks against regional peers using BMI's country comparative Risk Ratings system.
  • Evaluate external threats to doing business in The Democratic Republic of Congo, including currency volatility, the commodity price boom and protectionist policies.

The Democratic Republic of Congo Business Forecast Report by Business Monitor International (BMI) includes two major sections: Economic Outlook and Political Outlook.

Economic Outlook:

How will the Congolese economic policy-making and performance impact on corporate profitability over 2013-2017?

BMI provides our fully independent 5-year forecasts for The Democratic Republic of Congo through end-2017 for more than 50 economic and key industry indicators. We evaluate growth, and also forecast the impact of economic management.

Economic Outlook Contents

The Democratic Republic of Congo Business Forecast Report features BMI's forecasts with supporting analysis for 2013 through to end-2017, set against government views and BMI's evaluation of global and regional prospects.

Key Areas Covered:


  • Full 10-year forecasts with data - for key macroeconomic variables including GDP (real growth and per capita), population, inflation, current account balance and the exchange rate.
  • BMI's comprehensive Risk Ratings system - rates each country worldwide for economic and political risk, and rates the business environment, within a global and regional context.

Written Analysis:

  • Economic Activity - real GDP growth, employment, inflation, consumption (retail sales and confidence).
  • Balance of Payments - trade and investment, current and capital account.
  • Monetary Policy - interest rate trends (bank lending and deposit rates) and inflation (producer price and consumer price).
  • Exchange Rate Policy - currency controls, foreign investment flows, exchange rates and foreign exchange reserves.
  • Fiscal Policy - macroeconomic strategy and policies, government finance and tax reforms.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - approvals, inflows and climate.
  • External Debt - debt profile (short and long-term plus public and private sector exposure).
  • Global Assumptions - forecasts for each year to end-2017 covering: major commodities, growth in key regions, inflation, and interest and exchange rates, in the United States, Japan, China and the eurozone.

Key Benefits

  • Rely upon BMI's 100% independent forecast scenarios for The Democratic Republic of Congo and underlying assumptions - we take no advertising and are privately-owned.
  • Exploit the benefits of BMI's comprehensive and reliable macroeconomic database on The Democratic Republic of Congo, sourced and fully maintained by BMI from an extensive network of private sector, government and multilateral contacts.
  • Gain key insights into the current and future direction of government economic policy, which could significantly affect your company's business prospects, from BMI's team of analysts and economists.

Political Outlook:

What are the political risks to doing business in The Democratic Republic of Congo over the next 5-years?

BMI's The Democratic Republic of Congo country Risk Ratings evaluate the short- and medium-term threats to political stability.

Political Outlook Contents

  • SWOT Analysis for the Congolese Market - Political Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing The Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Political Stability and Risk Assessment - BMI's Risk Ratings assess explicit short- and long-term risks to political stability; latest ratings, rankings and trends for The Democratic Republic of Congo's risk are compared with regional and global averages.
  • Current Administration and Policy-making BMI assesses the threats to the continuity of economic policy, and likely changes to the business operating environment.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark The Democratic Republic of Congo's risk profile against its neighbours, the global and regional average, allowing easy comparison of risks between key business markets.
  • Identify, evaluate and anticipate political and security risks to the business environment, and to your company's current operations and future plans.
  • Gain valuable insights into government and policy-making, through BMI's specialist team of analysts and economists, and their network of private and public sector sources.

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The sections that I find most interesting and useful are the macroeconomic data and forecasts for the country, top export destinations and economic activity. The indicators/analysis of these areas helps us orient our thinking, our assumptions and, consequently, our decisions in the commercial area.

Country Manager, DHL Express