Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo – Visit by Chrysoula Zacharopoulou (18-22 December 2022)


Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is traveling to the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from December 18-22.

In Brazzaville, the Minister of State will stress France’s desire to strengthen our cooperation on environmental conservation, especially in light of the One Forest Summit and youth training and infrastructure building efforts. She will visit several of this partnership’s emblematic projects and will take part in the signing of a funding agreement between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Republic of Congo for a program on sustainable land use.

In Kinshasa, the Minister of State will reiterate to the Congolese authorities that France supports the DRC’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. She will also stress France’s solidarity following this week’s flooding. The visit will also be an opportunity to highlight our partnership on education and training, as well as the dialogue between France and the DRC as regards forest conservation, in light of the One Forest Summit, and cultural creation, in light of the 2023 African art forum. The Minister of State will meet with Congolese environmental activists and will visit a startup incubator as well as an arts center in Kinshasa. A roadmap on education and several AFD agreements will be signed.