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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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A priority for the government is to improve and modernise the country's port infrastructure, starting with Matadi, a strategic location through which most external trade passes.
Some of largest and best-known investments made by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) include the Zambian telecommunications firm Zamtel, in which $394m was invested, and also oil storage and pipeline infrastructure which links Moanda to Matadi in the DR Congo, which amounted to some $3oom.
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Albeit with the investment of a substantial part of his personal fortune, including funds for the building of a 150-mile stretch of railway connecting Matadi and Leopoldville that cost the lives of an estimated 5,000 souls, Leopold's guile managed to secure a vast personal fiefdom.
Controlling the Inga Dam electricity supplies and Matadi port through which imports and exports are routed has brought some relief but as the war drags on President Kabila is finding it increasingly difficult to pay the Luanda regime for its military support.
In a three week campaign to overthrow him, they fought their way into the eastern suburbs of Kinshasa, seizing Goma, Bukavu, Uvira and Kisangani in the east, and initially Kitona, Matadi and the Inga Dam hydroelectricity complex in the west.