As Africa's second largest country, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s transition to stability is encouraging substantial trade and investment. The central African country is experiencing strong GDP growth, driven predominantly by mining and infrastructure development with agriculture, and wholesale and retail trade as significant contributors to economic activity
DRC at a glance

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a large and youthful population with vast natural resources, especially copper, cobalt and diamonds. The government is focused on creating a stable environment that is conducive to development and investment. Businesses and investors who commit to the country over the long term stand to benefit from strong yields and increasing opportunities.

Organisations wanting to do business in the DRC will benefit from having an experienced local baking partner with international reach.

Quick view

  • Population: 81 700 000
  • Nominal GDP: USD36.7 billion
  • Real GDP growth: 9.0%
  • Headline inflation: 1.3%

* 2015 forecast

Sector expertise in DRC

Standard Bank has developed extensive experience in mining and metals, oil and gas, and wholesale and retail trade. We support growth in these sectors by linking clients to local and international players. We also support clients in telecommunications, breweries, the public sector and international organisations including international development groups, embassies and NGOs.

Our sector specialists provide insights into the conditions and challenges faced on-the-ground by our clients. We develop working solutions by understanding all players in the sector value chain, and coordinate and execute our clients’ financing and banking requirements within and across continents.

Read more about Standard Bank Group’s sector specialism.

Products and services in DRC

Standard Bank provides services to support the banking, finance, trading and advisory needs of corporate and institutional clients. Our local presence facilitates deep insight into commercial and regulatory environments, and serves as the basis for our role as a trusted advisor and banking partner.

Our products and services include:

  • Finance solutions – including term loans and overdrafts, trade finance for importers and exporters, as well as letters of credit and bills for collection
  • Investment accounts – tailor-made structuring and advisory solutions to optimise equity, debt and assets, and also to mitigate financial and market risks
  • Corporate advisory – trusted advisory for transactions in emerging markets, and across mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, capital raisings, privatisations and corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on advising on transactions
  • Global markets – our treasury services include a comprehensive range of foreign exchange and money market activities, with spot and forward operations as well as hedging for managing risks
  • Transactional accounts – cash management and trade-related services, complemented by our electronic banking solutions including:
    • New Business Online
    • African Transactional Gateway
    • Business connect
    • System interchange file

With the support of the broad capability of Standard Bank Group, and its presence across Africa and in major financial centres, we also offer merchant banking services such as project finance and structured lending. We draw on Standard Bank's world-class risk and capital management systems to ensure our solutions add real value to your business.

Our strong on-the-ground teams are complemented by Standard Bank Group’s extensive research capabilities which enable us to provide a local, regional and macroeconomic view for clients.

Read more about corporate and investment banking solutions for your business.

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Standard Bank RDC SARL

12 Avenue Mongala
BP 16297
Kinshasa 1
Democratic Republic of Congo

 +243 81 700 6000


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