The future shape of East Africa: What happens when the sleeping giant of Congo awakes
Saturday June 22 2013
Inset: DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila. Irrespective of how much the EAC will have evolved, when DR Congo comes into play, the regional economic map will still be shaped by what’s happening on the banks of River Congo and in the DR Congo’s mines.
In this three-part special report, The EastAfrican explores three possible ways in which these “economic magnetic pulls” could determine the region’s economic and political architecture.
Will the driving engine be westward, where the fabulous riches of the DR Congo remain largely untapped?
Or will it be eastward, over the ocean, where India and China are roaring ahead, and looking to use the East African coast as a beachhead on the continent?
Or will the pull be northward, with Ethiopia, rather than Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or DR Congo becoming the heart of the region’s economy?