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Matadi

(mətä`dē), city (1984 pop. 138,798), Kongo Central prov., W Congo (Kinshasa), on the Congo River. With one of the largest harbors in central Africa, Matadi is the main port of the country. Situated c.80 mi (130 km) from the mouth of the Congo, at the farthest point navigable by oceangoing vessels, the city is linked by rail with Kinshasa. Chief exports are coffee and timber. Because of the Congo's economic and political troubles in the late 1980s and 1990s, trade through the port diminished and the condition of the facilities deteriorated.

Matadi

 

a city in the Republic of Zaire, in the province of Lower Zaire, on the left bank of the Congo (Zaire) River. Population, 110,000 (1970). It is the main port of the country and is accessible to seagoing vessels; in 1971 it handled 1.5 million tons of freight. Exports include copper, cobalt, diamonds, products of the oil palm, coffee, cocoa, rubber, and timber. It is linked by railroad to Kinshasa. There is an airport. Matadi has oil mills and sawmills, as well as other enterprises.

Matadi

the chief port of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Za?re), in the west at the mouth of the River Congo. Pop.: 256 000 (2005 est.)
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In 2012, determined to make Matadi a competitive regional port (although currently among the world's most expensive ports), Prime Minister Ponyo observed: "The multitude of taxes and offices at the port do not encourage economic growth, despite the government's objective of double-digit growth by 2016.
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The railway being built at Matadi is described, not as a proud symbol of European industrialisation and technological know-how, but in a bleak register of degeneration by Van Booven (1933: 47)--"ethereal iron skeleton", "dark, carbon-like, dusty" (Ijle metalen geraamte, donker, roetachtig, vuil bedwalmd)--as well as by Conrad (1963: 22)--"as dead as the carcass of some animal", "decaying machinery", "a stack of rusty rails.
Rolin mention that during one of his earlier trips up the Congo, in 1980, he felt like he was on a "Conradian pilgrimage" (81), and his current trip is full of uncanny reminders of Heart of Darkness: a shipping firm is named "Marlowe, whose Conradian denomination seemed to me to augur well" (165); a man toward whom Rolin turns for help in Matadi is named "Kurt" recalling thus "his Conradian quasi-homonym" (184).
The 300-million-dollar pipeline is due to link the Muanda and Matadi regions in the extreme west of the DRC.
In addition, on June 30, 2006, heavily armed soldiers of the national army in the Bas-Congo Province town of Matadi fired indiscriminately at a demonstration by BDK separatists after a BDK member attacked and killed a soldier.
The majority of respondents surveyed in a September through October 2000 BERCI poll in Kinshasa, Matadi, Lumumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi indicated that ethnicity was not an important factor in their lives, and that it should not be a factor in political leadership.
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On April 8, the convent of the Consulate Sisters at Matadi was looted and the sisters harassed.