The inaugural Return 2 Congo will connect the Diaspora, and interested parties, with Congolese leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers across multiple sectors such as agriculture, supply chain, real estate, finance, hospitality and more. The trip will also include opportunities to discover and enjoy the culture, arts, entertainment, and history of Kinshasa.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1. Is the cost of the flight to Kinshasa included?

    No, Return to Congo covers only the expenses related to activities within Kinshasa and its surrounding areas. Participants are responsible for arranging their flights to and from Kinshasa.

  2. 2. Will I need a visa to enter the country?

    If you are not a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, you will require a visa to enter the country. We will provide you with contact information for your local embassy to assist you in the visa application process.

  3. 3. Is it safe to travel to Congo?

    While the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning advising Americans to avoid the Democratic Republic of Congo due to conflicts in parts of the country, Return to Congo will take place in Kinshasa, a city and region which is not experiencing armed conflict. Additionally, all participants in Return to Congo will benefit from a security detail throughout the trip.

  4. 4. Can I explore Kinshasa on my own and leave the group?

    Yes, each traveler has the freedom to explore Kinshasa independently. However, group transportation and security detail are provided only for scheduled Return to Congo activities.

  5. 5. Is Return to Congo focused on business or tourism?

    Business is the primary focus of Return to Congo. Participants will be introduced to business and investment opportunities across multiple sectors and have opportunities to network with local entrepreneurs. Nonetheless, there will also be chances to explore tourism attractions in Kinshasa and its surroundings.

  6. 6. Can I invite friends and family in Kinshasa to participate in Return to Congo activities?

    Yes, but they must first contact CDIS, be vetted by the CDIS team, sign waivers and other necessary documents regarding the code of conduct and liability, before they can participate in activities. Once they’ve taken those steps, they will be responsible for paying the fees/costs associated with the activities they want to participate in.

  7. 7. What if I need to cancel my trip at the last minute?

    We recommend selecting a travel insurance plan that covers last-minute cancellations and other unexpected events.


September 22 & 23, 2023. NEW YORK


Congo: Powering the Global Supply Chain Meet the Speakers

Marielle Thete

U.S.-Africa Policy Strategist

Dr. James Mwangi

CEO, Equity Group

Stella Safari

Founder, Zapenda

Jonathan Katende

Co-founder and CEO, Lipaworld

Reshma Shah

Group Director, Sustainability, Equity Group Holdings Plc

Yvan Yenda Ilunga, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Salve Regina University