In 2013, the DRC became the largest copper producing country in Africa. What are your next milestones after this important achievement?
Rawbank began its commercial operations in the DRC in May 2002 and today you are celebrating your 12th anniversary in the country. Could you provide us with a brief overview to the bank?
Rawbank is a fourth generation privately owned bank that was created 12 years ago by the Rawji family in the DRC. The bank was established at a time when the country’s banking industry was in difficulty and 12 years later we developed in the largest bank in the country in terms of total deposits, loan portfolio and total equity.
“To be successful in a country like the DRC drilling contractors need to be versatile, flexible and able to offer complete services”
“In the Copperbelt Sonic Drilling is appropriate as for both the Zambian and the DRC sides of the belt, the top 80 m. ground layer is badly fractured, with caves and mudflows, making any technique for drilling complicated.”
AEL is a supplier of explosives technology and initiating systems in Africa. What is the company’s overall corporate structure and where is it operating?
AEL Mining Services is a member of AECI (African Explosives and Chemicals Industries), a conglomerate chemical company based in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is considered one of the major contributors to the mining industry in Africa as far as developing, producing, supplying of commercial explosives, initiating systems and blasting & fragmentation services are concerned. With Africa being AEL’s home market, the company is also widely regarded as a leader on the African market given our current footprint, and we have the appetite to expand further.
Boart Longyear provides drilling solutions in more than 40 countries worldwide. What services do you offer you clients in the DRC?
GB: Boart Longyear is an American provider of drilling services, capital equipment and consumable products for customers in the mining and minerals exploration, environmental and infrastructure, and energy industries. The company conducts these activities through two operating divisions, known as the Global Drilling Services and Global Products divisions. The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 40 countries.