The Great Lakes region of Africa's rich natural resources, particularly minerals, should be a boon for its people, governments, and companies alike. However, minerals exploitation by private actors and armed groups over the past several decades have made the region's minerals wealth more of a curse than a blessing for its people, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The business investment climate has left much to be desired, with Congo's high corruption rates and relatively poor infrastructure. However, these challenges may be abating. Following a number of military and political moves toward a more peaceful Democratic Republic of Congo, new business and investment opportunities have started to emerge.
Market regulations instituted by the 2010 Dodd Frank Act have helped ... [view whole blog post ]