Congo Business Network is hosting its fourth online event on January 5, 2019 on Cisco
WebEx from 18:00 to 19:30 Kinshasa time. The theme of this conference is: The Role of
Chambers of Commerce in the Development of Congo.
According to the organizers, more than 250 people will confirm participation on
LinkedIn Events. This event will connect presidents of chambers of commerce in the
diaspora with entrepreneurs based in their country of origin.
Émile Luhahi Osumba, president of the Chamber of Commerce between Switzerland
and the DRC in Geneva; Cedric Longange Ingongomo, president of the Congolese
Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain in London; and Fabrice Ntompa Ilunga,
president of the Junior Chamber of Congo-Kinshasa in Quebec in Montreal, will talk
about topics related to the functioning of the chamber of commerce and what investors
need to know in order to better invest in Congo.
Fabrice Ntompa Ilunga graduated from the School of Applied Politics at the University
of Sherbrooke. And he just finished a training in industrial relations at the University of
Montreal. Involved in Quebec and community politics, he was a candidate for mayor of
Montreal in November 2017 and vice president of the Congolese Community of
Cédric Longange Ingongomo has almost 20 years of experience in the financial services
sector in France and in Great Britain. He has worked for several banks such as Société
Générale, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Scotland and BlackRock.
A Certified Investment Advisor, he holds an MBA in international business. And he is
currently pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership. His chamber’s main
objective is to establish a bridge between Great Britain and the Democratic Republic of
Congo in commerce and investments. His chamber is also a member of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a network of more than 2,000 companies in all sectors of the British economy.
Émile Luhahi Osumba has more than 15 years of experience in finance and tax advisory
with international institutions such as Bank of New York Mellon, PwC, Schroders and
His organization is a member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and
Services, as well as the Swiss Africa Business Circle, a Geneva-based association that
promotes the interests of Swiss companies in Africa.
Congo is a gigantic country by numbers. With 87 million people according to McKinsey
& Company’s statistics, it is the 4th most populous nation in Africa, behind Nigeria
(190), Ethiopia (105) and Egypt (97). Spread over 2.34 million square kilometers, Congo
is the second largest country on the African continent by size after Algeria. Congo is 80
times bigger than Belgium.
In addition, online events have three objectives: connect the diaspora to professionals
and entrepreneurs in Congo; share knowledge and expertise in a sector of economic
activity; and create opportunities for networking in time real among participants by
video through Cisco WebEx.
This first event of the New Year, organized in collaboration with the three chambers of
commerce and led by Noel K. Tshiani, president of Agere Global, is made possible by
LinkedIn Events, a new digital system for organizing professional events.
Congo Business Network has received exclusive access to this modern technology
although its accessibility is so far still limited to a very few entrepreneurs in San
Francisco and New York.
Congo Business Network is an international network of Congolese professionals and
entrepreneurs. Its mission is to connect professionals and entrepreneurs in the diaspora
in order to take action and contribute to the economic development of Congo.
Its objectives are: mobilize its supporters to regularly promote business opportunities in
Congo; get the diaspora involved in economic and social development projects in Congo;
put its expertise into initiatives that contribute to the advancement of professional life.