Ambassador Michael A. Hammer
U.S. Relations With Democratic Republic of the Congo
U.S.-Democratic Republic of the Congo Relations
The U.S. established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) in 1960, following its independence from Belgium. U.S. foreign policy in the D.R.C. is focused on helping the country become a nation that is stable and democratic, at peace with its neighbors, extends state authority across its territory, and provides for the basic needs of its citizens.
U.S. Assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
U.S. foreign assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) supports the country’s long-term transition to more effective and empowering development. To achieve this goal, USAID invests substantially in three objectives: that selected national-level institutions more effectively implement their mandates; that lives are improved through coordinated development approaches in select regions; and that the foundation for durable peace is strengthened in eastern D.R.C.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The top U.S. import from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) is copper, accounting for close to 70% of all U.S. imports. The two countries have signed a bilateral investment treaty. The U.S. also has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, of which the D.R.C. is a member. The D.R.C. promotes entrepreneurship with women business owners by participating in exchange programs through the United States International Visitor Leadership Program.