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Transport in The DRC
BY Louise Mitchell
Democratic Republic of Congo
25 August 2016
R 6 960.00 (ZAR)  
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Transport sector in the DRC


Road rehabilitation and upgrades are a government priority and road access increased from 13% in 2006 to 45% in 2014. The potential for growth in the DRC’s transport infrastructure development is dependent on the implementation of governance structures within state-owned transport operators and transport departments within government.


Investment in the Sector


The World Bank is administering a US$122.6m multi-donor fiduciary fund for road maintenance projects. Government announced investment opportunities for the private sector of over US$1.7m in the rail sector. While the DRC has the opportunity to enhance its contribution towards green transport through the development of its extensive waterways, relatively little investment is going into the maintenance and upgrading of water transport infrastructure. Safety in the air transport sector must remain a focal issue in order to attract investment.


Regional Co-Operation


The DRC realises the importance of regional cooperation for transport infrastructure development and signed tripartite agreements with neighbouring countries Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia that are aimed at the smooth flow of cross-border road and rail transportation. The DRC also joined the Northern Corridor Integration Projects Initiative (NCIPI) with Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. The Initiative wants to see an interconnected rail and water transport system between the member countries.


Report Coverage


The detailed report on the Zambian transport sector discusses current conditions, describes investment into the sector and outlines factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles 24 companies including Airfast Congo and Malu Aviation which are both active in the air transport sector. Also profiled is the state-owned entity, SNCC (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo), whose rail network is used extensively for copper exports, as well as TRANSCO (Transport au Congo) which provides passenger bus transport and charter services.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
3. SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
3.1. Geographic Position 3
3.1.1. Water Transport 3
3.1.2. Road Transport 4
3.1.3. Rail Transport 6
3.1.4. Air Transport 8
3.2. Size of the Industry 9
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 13
4.1. Local 13
4.1.1. Water Transport 14
4.1.2. Road Transport 15
4.1.3. Rail Transport 18
4.1.4. Air Transport 20
4.1.5. Investment in the Transport Sector 21
4.2. Corporate Actions 23
4.3. Regulations 24
4.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 26
4.5. Continental 27
4.6. International 29
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 30
5.1. Regional Cooperation 30
5.2. Economic Environment 32
5.3. Government Initiatives 34
5.4. Private Sector Initiatives 35
5.5. Rising Operating Costs 35
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 36
5.7. Labour 36
5.8. Cyclicality 38
5.9. Environmental Concerns 39
5.10. Travel Safety 40
5.11. Electricity Supply Constraints 41
6. COMPETITION 42
6.1. Barriers to Entry 43
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 44
8. OUTLOOK 45
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 46
10. REFERENCES 47
10.1. Publications 47
10.2. Websites 48
COMPANY PROFILES - RAILWAY TRANSPORT 50
Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer du Congo Sarl 50
COMPANY PROFILES – URBAN, SUBURBAN & INTER-URBAN BUS & COACH PASSENGER LINES 52
Transportation Company of Congo 52
COMPANY PROFILES – OTHER PASSENGER TRANSPORT, INCLUDING THE RENTING OF PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLES WITH DRIVERS 54
Malabar International Ltd 54
COMPANY PROFILES – FREIGHT TRANSPORT BY ROAD 56
Bollore Transport & Logistics RDC SA 56
DSV A/S 58
Ghunaq Investments (Pty) Ltd 66
Hermis Transport Sprl 68
Lignes Maritimes Congolaises SA 69
M+R Spedag Group AG 70
Malabar International Ltd 72
Super Group Ltd 74
Trans-Inter Congo Sprl 77
COMPANY PROFILES – SEA AND COASTAL WATER TRANSPORT 78
Bollore Transport & Logistics RDC SA 78
Lignes Maritimes Congolaises SA 80
COMPANY PROFILES – INLAND WATER TRANSPORT 81
Marine Services Company Ltd 81
Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer du Congo Sarl 83
Trans-Inter Congo Sprl 85
COMPANY PROFILES – AIR TRANSPORT 86
Air Cote d'Ivoire 86
Air Kasai Sprl 88
Airfast Congo Sprl 89
Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation 90
Congo Airways 92
Kenya Airways Ltd 93
Kin Avia Sprl 97
Malu Aviation 98
Services Air Group Inc 100
Swala Aviation 101
Trans Air Cargo Service (TACS) 102