The United States first established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1960 when the country received its independence from Belgium. American consulates had existed in the Belgian Congo prior to 1960, so the new Embassy in Leopoldville (later Kinshasa) simply stayed in the same building the former consulate general had used. That same compound, with many changes to improve security, remains as the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa today.
- Using the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund to support small businesses, educators, reduce unemployment, and encourage solar energy
- Providing English instruction to government officials, students, and professionals through the Congo-American Language Institute
- Condemning sexual violence against women in conflict zones and bringing to justice perpetrators of violence against women
- Fighting diseases like malaria and AIDS through PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative
This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in October 2013. It features Jim Swan, the new U.S. ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his wife, Daphne Michelle Titus.
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