Failure to Manage Commodities Windfall Forces Congo Budget Cuts

View of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 9, 2007 (Flickr photo by irene2005 licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
View of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 9, 2007 (Flickr photo by irene2005 licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the impact of falling oil and commodities prices on resource-exporting countries. Last week, the prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), proposed a new budget that included cutting government spending by 30 percent in a bid to avoid hyperinflation, as the economy continues to suffer from low global commodities prices. In an email interview Yvan Yenda Ilunga, a doctoral student in the division of global affairs at Rutgers University, discussed the effect of declining revenues from commodities on the DRC’s economy. WPR: How important are commodities […]

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