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MSF Team Meets DR Congo Authorities, Highlights Difficulties Hindering Humanitarian Efforts

The meeting between the MSF delegation and the Dr Congo’s Minister for Plan was to devise new ways to extend humanitarian facilities in the country.

A delegation of senior officials of the international humanitarian non-governmental organisation (NGO) Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Thursday, May 13, met with the Democratic Republic of Congo Minister of Plan.

The inter-sectional delegation of MSF from France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, and Switzerland, led by Anne-Marie Bayel Dieu, the MSF representative in the DR Congo, met with Christian Mwando Nsimba, the DR Congo Minister of Plan.

The focus of their meeting was on the difficulties they encounter in their daily activities in the hinterland of the country.

The MSF is present in 20 of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been pleading with the country’s authorities to intervene on their behalf in facilitating administrative, fiscal, and customs procedures that they go through in the exercise of their humanitarian activities.

“Minister Christian Mwando reminded his partners of their engagements and obligations vis-à-vis the Congolese state which should be in conformity with the law in force,” a spokesperson of the communication unit of the Ministry of Plan revealed.

“And in particular, during this moment of the state of siege decreed by the President of the Republic in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.”

Anne-Marie Bayel Dieu of MSF and the Minister also reviewed the partnership of about 40 years between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Medecins Sans Frontieres with the Congolese minister reiterating the unfailing determination of the government to see the partnership consolidated.

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