May 22, 2022

DRC: 2022, year of the centenary of the General Company Malta Forrest (EGMF)

Created and established in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1922, the General Company Malta Forrest (EGMF), specialized in the sectors of public works, civil engineering, construction, crushing, prefabrication of famous concrete products, this year (2022), its centenary (100 years) of activity and uninterrupted presence in the country.

Based in Lubumbashi, capital of the province of Haut-Katanga, the EGMF extends its activities throughout the national territory and rightly has offices in other cities of the country, namely: Kinshasa, Kalemi (Tanganyika ) and Kolwezi (Lualaba).

The EGMF is, nowadays, the oldest private company in the DRC especially for having preserved its identity (name) as well as its family structure since its creation. Moreover, it has now established itself as a privileged partner of private and public companies in the DRC, with which it collaborates for the construction and renovation of infrastructures.

“The fact that we are celebrating our 100th anniversary is not only a testament to a century of know-how, innovation and successful investment, but it also testifies to the confidence that our customers and the authorities of the countries testify to the General Company Malta Forrest (EGMF) and to the companies of the Forrest Group”, says Georges Arthur, president of the Forrest International Group, together.

Jason Sendwe General Hospital in Lubumbashi
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Pont Nyemba dans le Tanganyika

The EGMF has recognized know-how in the fields of civil engineering, roads and even construction. It has built hundreds of kilometers of roads, road infrastructure, built engineering structures, buildings and even airfields. In 100 years, several achievements are to be credited to this company, which employs nearly 2,000 people, the vast majority of whom are Congolese. Some of EGMF’s most recent achievements in the DRC include:

– Renovation and extension of the runway at Kalemie airport so that it meets international standards;

– Construction of the Nyemba bridge, a major economic axis connecting the east to the west of the Province of Tanganyika;

– Construction of a 26 km long bypass road for the city of Kolwezi, intended for mining and industrial traffic;

– Complete rehabilitation of the presidential site of Mount Ngaliema;

– Transformation and modernization of the main axes of the city of Lubumbashi: roads to international standards in terms of safety and quality, equipped with solar lighting;

– Construction of the Peaceful Alternation bridge in Kolwezi or even

– Rehabilitation of the Jason Sendwe General Hospital in Lubumbashi.

A source of satisfaction for Malta David Forrest, CEO of the Forrest Group: “We can be proud of the long list of achievements and efforts over the past 100 years. At the dawn of a new century, we are enthusiastic and confident in the future, ready to take up with optimism the new challenges that await the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

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Works on the Pacific Alternation Bridge in Kolwezi
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EGMF, in full paving work

Engagements

EGMF has been investing on the African continent since 1922. This longevity is the result of a vision of the role of the company, in this case the duty to be a positive player in the society in which it operates. It combines requirements such as: contribution of added value and technologies in the countries concerned; compliance with environmental standards similar to those applied within the EU; compliance with the laws, in particular social and fiscal, of the states in which it invests; contribution to the human development of local populations.

In the DRC, EGMF is one of the first companies to have associated a social component to its activities. Since its creation, the company has developed initiatives for the benefit of its employees, their families and the local population as a whole. She is one of the main sponsors of the Rachel Forrest Foundation. The latter develops projects in the areas of education, early childhood, health, culture, sport, infrastructure and the environment.

About the EGMF

Entreprise Générale Malta Forrest was created in Kolwezi (DRC) in 1922 by Malta Victor Forrest, a young man from New Zealand, barely 15 years old. Originally a transport company, EGMF turned towards mining (copper, manganese, gold) in 1933 and, in the early 1950s, developed its own civil engineering and public works activity. However, since 2018, EGMF and Groupe Forrest have stopped all activity in the mining sector.

Japhet Toko