Written statement to Parliament

Andrew Mitchell: British aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Written statement by Andrew Mitchell on British aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

British aid to the DRC is helping to pull people out of poverty - providing clean water and sanitation for 3.7 million people, helping to tackle malaria, building and improving roads and getting hundreds of thousands of children into school.

Britain is also supporting projects to stop the illegal exploitation of minerals and tackle public financial mismanagement. The DRC’s mineral resources are key to its long term prosperity and the British Government is adamant that its mining industries must be run transparently for the benefit of its people, as I made very clear to the President myself in Kinshasa last month.