January 18, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Presidential Candidate, Bernard Katomapa Addresses Pan African Economic Summit in the United States
Atlanta, Georgia – Acclaimed entrepreneur, philanthropist and candidate for the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bernard Katompa, has accepted the designation of Platform Orator at the 2016 Pan African iXChange Economic Empowerment Summit being held February 25-28, 2016 at the Marriott West Loop Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas.
Participating alongside Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela and Speaker of Parliament of Mozambique, H.E. Veronica Macamo, Mr. Bernard Katompa will further his stewardship role in promoting the multifaceted opportunities for gender equality and empowerment, fortifying the importance of buttressing women’s access to knowledge and participation in the decision making process behind the DRC’s trajectory.
The DRC is a vast country with high agricultural potential. It is rich in natural resources, with an estimated $24 trillion worth of untapped deposits of raw mineral ores, including the world’s largest reserves of cobalt and significant quantities of the world’s diamonds, gold and copper. The country’s other minerals, estimated to be worth an equivalent of the combined GDP of Europe and the U.S., remain largely untapped. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 73% of working women in the DRC are farmers, representing 50% of that country’s agricultural workforce. Despite these staggering figures, so critical to the quality of life in this emerging marketplace, there are still lingering legal and societal constraints with regard to the treatment and prospects for success with such a populous and dynamic sect within the DRC.
The movement that Mr. Katompa champions, Génération Déterminée (Determined Generation), seeks to raise awareness to, and will highlight in Houston, the importance of women in the workforce and socio-economy today, while spotlighting the multitude of solutions readily available for better business in the DRC, no doubt accomplished through greater norms of equality.
Provided by: The 3mE Group