US embassy in Kinshasa DRC

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) in 1960, following its independence from Belgium. U.S. foreign policy in the D.R.C. is focused on helping the country become a nation that is stable and democratic, at peace with its neighbors, extends state authority across its territory, and provides for the basic needs of its citizens.

U.S. foreign assistance to the D.R.C. supports the country’s long-term transition to more effective and empowering development. To achieve this goal, USAID invests substantially in three objectives: that selected national-level institutions more effectively implement their mandates; that lives are improved through coordinated development approaches in select regions; and that the foundation for durable peace is strengthened in eastern D.R.C.

The top U.S. import from the D.R.C. is copper, accounting for close to 70% of all U.S. imports. The two countries have signed a bilateral investment treaty. The U.S. also has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, of which the D.R.C. is a member. The D.R.C. promotes entrepreneurship with women business owners by participating in exchange programs through the United States International Visitor Leadership Program.

Today the U.S. embassy is located in Kinshasa.

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