The Democratic Republic of Congo Makes History: Judith Suminwa Tuluka Becomes First Female Prime Minister

DRC Makes History: Judith Suminwa Tuluka Becomes First Female Prime Minister

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has taken a historic step towards gender equality. President Felix Tshisekedi appointed economist Judith Suminwa as the nation’s first-ever female prime minister.

This announcement comes after weeks of speculation following Tshisekedi’s re-election in December 2023. Suminwa, previously the minister of state for planning, inherits a complex situation. While the DRC boasts a booming copper industry and a rapidly growing economy, it also faces ongoing conflicts in certain regions and struggles with managing its vast mineral wealth effectively.

Suminwa brings a wealth of experience to the table. She possesses a strong background in governance and development, having served as deputy coordinator of the presidential strategic monitoring council (CPVS) and as a specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Her UNDP experience included project management with a focus on peacebuilding, democracy consolidation, and public administration reform.

Suminwa’s prior role as senior advisor at the ministry of budget further demonstrates her commitment to fiscal responsibility and implementing crucial reforms.

With her diverse background and commitment to national development, Suminwa is poised to make a significant impact on the DRC.

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