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Democratic Republic of Congo risk profile

Democratic Republic of Congo risk profile

Report summary

The business environment in DRC is very poor, hindered by poverty, corruption, bureaucracy and poor security. Risks are highest in the east where there is armed conflict, a humanitarian crisis and environmental sensitivity. Remoteness and lack of infrastructure add to challenges. The oil producing region in the west is much more benign. DRC has a fair fiscal system and fiscal stability but a mooted new petroleum code is creating uncertainty, especially as government intentions are opaque.

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  • Democratic Republic of Congo risk profile PDF - 1.21 MB 18 Pages, 3 Tables, 7 Figures
  • Research methodology country and asset risk.pdf PDF - 251.22 KB


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  • Executive summary
  • Political developments
    • Electoral manoeuvring
  • Policy and regulation
    • Key Legislation
    • Reputational Risk
  • Country risks
    • I. Access Risks
      • 1. Ease of entry
      • 2. Fiscal system
      • 3. Contract sanctity
      • 4. State presence
      • 5. Regulation
      • 6. Corruption
      • 7. Geopolitics
    • II. Development Risks
      • 8. Labour activism
      • 9. Natural hazards
      • 10. Civil unrest
      • 11. Security
      • 12. Environment
      • 13. Supply chain
      • 14. Local content
    • III. Commercialisation Risks
      • 15. Infrastructure
      • 16. Fiscal stability
      • 17. Pricing
      • 18. Currency risk
      • 19. Domestic market obligation
      • 20. Gas market access
      • 21. OPEC affiliation
  • Risk matrix
  • Basin watch
    • Albert - Edward Rift Basin
      • Access
      • Development
      • Commercialisation
        • Albert - Edward Rift Basin map
        • Location map

In this report there are 10 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • Executive summary: Table 1
    • Asset Risk Index (ARI) forecast - DRC
  • Political developments
    • Political map
    • Political developments: Table 1
  • Policy and regulation
    • Oil supply-demand balance
    • Gas supply-demand balance
    • Policy and regulation: Table 1
  • Country risks
  • Risk matrix
    • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Risk Matrix - 2015
  • Basin watch
    • Basin watch: Image 1
    • Basin watch: Image 2
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