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The Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo represents the DRC’s interests to the government of the United States. The Embassy staff seeks to engage interested stakeholders on a range of diplomatic, security and economic issues related to to the DRC and the U.S., and to provide consular assistance to Congolese nationals and those seeking to travel to the DRC.

Ambassador François Nkuna Balumuene, appointed by President Joseph Kabila, is responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its consulates in the U.S. He has the responsibility of representing the interests of the DRC to the American government and its citizens, advancing our nations’ bilateral relations, and serving as the primary liaison between the U.S. and the DRC government in Kinshasa. Mr. Balumuene is based at the DRC Embassy in Washington, DC and travels regularly throughout the United States.

Ambassador François Nkuna Balumuene’s Biography

Ambassador François Nkuna Balumuene's Office

François Nkuna Balumuene was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America by President Joseph Kabila Kabange on August 1, 2015. Ambassador Balumuene presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on September 23.

Prior this appointment, he served as Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Republic of India, where he was the dean of the diplomatic corps. A native of [village], Ambassador Balumuene has also served as the DRC’s Ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, as well as the chargé d’affaires of the DRC Embassy in South Africa.

Prior to his ambassadorial posts, Ambassador Balumuene was the diplomatic and administrative assistant to the Deputy Commissioner General for United Nations Organization Mission Affairs, in charge of finance, logistics and foreign policy (2000); a member of the technical cell of the International Cooperation Office at the State Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (1999-2000); advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on international cooperation matters (1999); director and head of the Europe Department (1997-99); and assistant to the Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs in charge of financial and banking issues (1996-97). Ambassador Balumuene has also held posts at the Ordinary Passports Division; Department of Chancery and Litigation; Latin America Division; and the DRC Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

Ambassador Balumuene holds a master’s degree in economics from the Faculty of Economics at the UNAZA Campus of Kinshasa. Born on Sept. 9, 1952, Ambassador Balumuene is married with five children.

Embassy Hours of Operation & Date in Observance of Holidays in 2016 Opens Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Consulate: Visa application drop-off: Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Visa application pick-up: Monday to Friday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

We will be closed on the following dates in observance of the indicated holidays in 2016:

January 1 New Year’s Day
January 4 Independence Martyrs Day (DRC)
January 18 President Laurent Désiré Kabila Day (DRC)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (USA)
January 19 Prime Minister Patrice Émery Lumumba Day (DRC)
February 15 Washington’s Birthday (USA)
May 1 Labor Day (DRC)
May 17 Revolution and Military Day (DRC)
May 30 Memorial Day (USA)
June 30 Independence Day (DRC)
July 4 Independence Day (USA)
August 1 Parents Day (DRC)
September 5 Labor Day (USA)
October 10 Columbus Day (USA)
November 11 Veterans Day (USA)
November 24 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
December 26 Christmas

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Pan-African Business Network to Hold Second-Annual Sultani Makutano Event in Kinshasa

On 16-17 September 2016, the Pan-African Business Network will hold the second Sultani Makutano business networking event in Kinshasa, bringing together a hundred Congolese men and women, entrepreneurs, business executives, public sector leaders, artists and scholars, all based in the...

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