After their appointment by Presidential Ordinance , the leaders of the Congolese Battery Council (CCB), a structure which will pilot the major pan-African project for the electric battery industry, were notified on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 by the Minister of Industry, Julien Paluku Kahongya.
The latter invited them to get to work to accelerate the materialization of the project to install the first manufacturing plant for electric battery precursors in the province of Haut-Katanga.
“The governor of Haut-Katanga has already made 2,000 hectares available to the battery project in Lubumbashi, all that remains is to make this space viable, which we will consider as a special economic zone inside which we will install first pilot manufacturing plants.
You have to work really hard because the whole world is going to be watching you now”, indicated Julien Paluku who at the same time recommends that the CCB facilitators “read documents on electric batteries in particular”, because he insists it, it’s a new material.
For the 2023-2024 financial year, the country intends to install the first manufacturing plant for electric battery precursors. This is the priority of the CCB Board of Directors and Management Committee.
“The electric battery market is a big market, if we manage to capture only 10% of this market and inject into the Congolese economy, it will be a boom.
When you look at the GDP of all of Africa it is less than 2 trillion or at most 2 trillion. This is less than the GDP of Japan which is 4 trillion, Japan has a GDP higher than all the African countries, which is unacceptable. It’s projects like this that will help Africa if we create an African value chain that includes all the countries that produce these components that go into manufacturing.
Among the elements that go into the manufacture of electric batteries, there are lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese.
The draft decree on the creation, organization and operation of this public establishment, the Congolese Battery Council (CCB) was adopted at the 71st meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Presented by the Ministry of Industry, Julien Paluku, who pointed out that the Congolese Battery Council is the technical structure supposed to follow and evaluate the materialization of the commitments of the President of the Republic within the framework of the execution of these ambitious projects. of the competitive electric battery value chain.
This structure provides the technical elements necessary for the government to ensure the supply chain of the minerals used in the manufacture of the batteries. The Congolese Council of the Battery will collaborate with the Councils of the Batteries of
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