From 19 to 21 March
A RAWBANK delegation, led by its Deputy General Manager, Mr Christian Kamanzi, took part in the first international conference on the management of the Virunga volcanoes in Goma, North Kivu, from 19 to 21 March 2022.
For three days, researchers and national and international experts in volcanology and related disciplines worked together sharing scientific exchanges to come up with appropriate monitoring strategies and methodologies to increase the capacities of the Observatoire volcanologique de Goma (OVG).
RAWBANK, a banking institution in the DRC involved in the efforts to achieve the country’s sustainable development objectives, has committed to contributing to the management of the Virunga volcanoes and, to this end, signed a memorandum of understanding with the OVG on Sunday 20 March 2022. The signing ceremony took place as a side event at the conference opening in the presence of the Minister of Scientific Research, José Mpanda. This MoU consists of support in terms of equipment and training for OVG agents for volcano monitoring.
Reacting to this commendable gesture, the central executive office thanked Rawbank for its support to the OVG, which is facing several challenges. “I thank all the partners who continue to support the OVG, such as MONUSCO, which regularly contributes to volcano monitoring. And to all technical and financial partners, in particular Rawbank, which has agreed to support us with permanent assistance for the OVG,” said the DRC Minister of Scientific Research.
The DGM of the bank added: “RAWBANK is committed to the sustainable development of the DRC, and in this context has decided to support the OVG by providing IT equipment that will allow the Volcanic Observatory to carry out its mission successfully and without worry”.
Rawbank is engaged in the community in several sectors and is involved in the social life of the DRC in different ways, particularly in the promotion of cultural and artistic activities and in the support of social and environmental associations.