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Companies already active in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or interested in business opportunities in the country are invited to participate in this (free) webinar on 7 May at 11AM CET. Ambassador Robert Schuddeboom will speak about the Dutch government approach to private sector development in the DRC and give a brief update on COVID19 in the country and (potential) impact on the economy and international business. Former Prime Minister of the DRC, Mr. Augustin Matata Ponyo will give his take on the current situation in the country and potential opportunities for Dutch/international businesses. Ms. Patricia Gieskes-Veringa, President of the “Féderation des Entreprises” (FEC) Congo, will provide a private sector perspective on the issues at hand.

Date: Thursday 7 May

Time: 11AM CET

Language: French (no translation). Participants have the option to ask questions in English, which will be translated by the moderator.


Programme (CET):

10:50 – 11:00

 Test audio/video 

Tous les participants

11:00 – 11:10

  • Mot de bienvenue
  • Introduction NABC et points pratiques
  • Programme et introductions des intervenants

Marina Diboma, Directrice Générale Adjointe, NABC

11:10 – 11:20

- Vision et activités du gouvernement néerlandais pour le développement du secteur privé en RDC.

- Brève mise à jour sur COVID19 en RDC et impact (potentiel) sur l’économie et le commerce international.


S.E. M. Robert Schuddeboom (Ambassadeur du Royaume des Pays-Bas en RDC)

11:20 – 11:30

Plan d'urgence pour la RDC afin de traverser une crise sanitaire et économique potentielle et d'atténuer les risques pour le Congo. 

M. Augustin Matata Ponyo (DG Congo Challenge et ancien Premier Ministre RDC)

11:30 – 11:40 

Mesures proposées par le secteur privé pour limiter l’impact negatif du covid19 sur les entreprises. Et : comment se profile "l’apres covid19" pour les PME Congolaises ?

Mme. Patricia Gieskes-Veringa (PDG Job Factory / Présidente Commission Nationale Sociale FEC)

11:40 – 11:55

Questions et réponses

Modéré par Marina Diboma, Directrice Générale Adjointe, NABC

11:55 – 12:00

Clôture de la session

Marina Diboma, 
Directrice Générale Adjointe, NABC



Marina Diboma (Deputy Managing Director, NABC)

Ms Diboma is the current Deputy Managing Director of NABC. Ms Diboma has proven experience in establishing and strengthening both South-South and South-North cooperation through trade, investment and development. She successfully led more than 30 business missions to and from the African continent. 

H.E. Mr Robert Schuddeboom (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in DRC)

In 1983, Mr Schuddeboom joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Till 2000 he worked in the lower ranks in Baghdad, Oslo, Moscow and Tel Aviv as well at Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Western Hemisphere Department) in The Hague.
Since 2017 he is the Netherlands ambassador in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. 


Mr Augustin Matata Ponyo (DG Congo Challenge and former Prime Minister The Democratic Republic of Congo) 

Mr Matata Ponyo is a Congolese economist and political figure who was the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from April 2012 to November 2016. Previously he served as Minister of Finance from February 2010 to April 2012; as Prime Minister, he retained responsibility for the finance portfolio. 

Ms Patricia Gieskes-Veringa (CEO Job Factory / Board Federation of Congolese Enterprises  FEC) 

In 2003 after 15 years of professional experience in various fields in the Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa, Ms Veringa-Gieskes moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo. There she worked at IOM as acting Head of Mission however she decided it was time to move on and created her own company 'The Job Factory'  which she has been running for 14 years now. Furthermore, since 2010 she is in the board of the Federation of Congolese Enterprises (FEC). 

Event details

Webinar: Doing Business in Democratic Republic of Congo
From May 07, 2020
Till May 07, 2020
NABC events