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Cablegate: Vice Minister of Plan Biographic Sheet

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UNCLAS KINSHASA 001139

SIPDIS

INR/AA FOR JOHN BERNTSEN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON PGOV PINR CG
SUBJECT: VICE MINISTER OF PLAN BIOGRAPHIC SHEET


1. The following is biographic data for DRC Vice Minister of
Plan Raymond N'T. Tshibanda.

2. Names (Last, First M.I.): Tshibanda, Raymond N'T.

3. Date and Place of Birth: Nov 20, 1950 in Lomela, Kasai
Oriental

4. Civil Status: Married, Five (5) children. All reside in
the USA in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

5. Education:

--1956-1965: Primary education in Lomela and Kinshasa
--1965-1971: Secondary education in Kinshasa
--1971-1972: University of Kinshasa, Economics
--1972-1976: University of Lubumbashi, Public Administration
and Political Science
--1981-1984: University of Pittsburgh, PhD Candidate in
Public and International Affairs

6. Other Training:

--1978: USAID/Yamoussoukro, Techniques in Project Evaluation
--1984: USAID/Washington DC, Training in Development Planning
and Management
--1990: UNHCR/Nairobi, Techniques in Prevention and
Management of Emergency Situations
--1991: UNHCR/Harare, Techniques in Prevention and Management
of Emergency Situations

7. Professional Experience:

--1976-1977: Zairian Commercial Bank (now Commerce and
Development Bank of Congo - BCDC), Commercial and Operations
Desk Chief
--1976-1979: University of Kinshasa, research Assistant
Ministry of Plan, Deputy Director of Counterpart
Funds
--1981-1984: University of Pittsburgh, Graduate Assistant at
the School of International and Public Affairs
--1985-1988: USAID/Djibouti, Chief of Multidisciplinary
Projects Team
--1991-1992: GDRC Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Chief of
Staff
President of Liberal Christian Democratic Party
(Parti Liberale Democrate Chretienne)
--1994-1996: Member of Transitional Parliament
--1996-1997: Minister of Tourism and Environment
--1997-2001: Vice President of Coalition of Opposition
Parties (Collectif de l'Opposition Democratique Pluriel -
CODEP)
Took part in Inter-Congolese Dialogue
--2003-Pres: Vice Minister of Plan

8. Political Orientation within DRC: Though from the
political opposition, he appears to be well respected by all
groups as a capable technocrat. He seems to communicate well
with Minister of Plan Alexis Thambwe (MLC).

9. Opinion of USG: Appears to have no bias toward the United
States or USG. He has stressed the importance of improving
communication between the GDRC and investors and in improving
the investment climate. He appears to have a more market
oriented view of business and economics.
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