Memos of trip of an Italian engineer

12 April 2010

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By Raffaele De Simone


In February 2004, as Technical of the Cestari Group, I returned to the DRC, having as main objective the design of systems for drinking water and electrification by using renewable energy sources (wind, solar and biomass ) in this country is extremely rich.


The schemes we propose have received very positive appreciation as we have deduced from the numerous and relevant questions made by technicians. Also, on this occasion, I was able to visit a small part of the immense forest crossed by the Congo River rich with mature trees, huge trunk, used for the production of timber, for the most part, is exported. The huge trees are expertly cut from the locals and then transported by river to the port of Kinshasa, from where to reach its destination. Here, this is another of the many treasures owned by the DRC which is a major economic resource for the country. I am impressed with the size and luxuriance of the forest, surrounded by an unspoiled landscape, where everything has been like many centuries ago. It 'was an unforgettable experience during which I was able to admire an extraordinary beauty, as only a pure land intact what Africa can offer.


We then stopped in some plantations of coffee and cocoa, watching closely the results. The country is rich, but production is low and, therefore, needs to be partially "reactivated." This sector is of considerable interest, as it could be an important trade with European countries.


The Congolese, as always, showed great willingness to us, offering their full cooperation to promote economic recovery potential of the DRC.


During this trip there was the opportunity to visit the production facilities of concrete and asphalt. Here the machines are all Italians, were in fact given by the company Marini in 80 Years. Some of these cement plants are "active" and produce concrete for the ongoing work in the country. All this has shown us that the Democratic Republic of Congo is slowly emerging from the long period of economic stagnation, "rolling up your sleeves" that, as soon as possible, the country can return healthy. Another important signal for the development of this country, is established at the start of road works are being conducted in various areas for the rehabilitation of the main streets of Kinshasa as we have seen in person. The site was composed of workers who worked incessantly, expertly using mechanical tools, such as excavator, roller, etc.., While the population watched complacently, happy to see that the country is starting to recover.

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