Since 2002, the DRC has benefitted from the growing stability of government. Since then, Rwandan forces occupying eastern Congo have withdrawn, the Pretoria Accord, to end the fighting and establish a unifying government, was signed by all remaining warring parties. Elections successfully handed power to a Presidency, National Assembly and provincial legislatures. A constitution was created and ratified and provincial assemblies were constituted to elect local Governors and National Senators.
Following efforts by President Joseph Kabila to stem corruption, elections in 2006 witnessed over 70% voter turnout.
In 2001 the government established the Commission of Repression of Economic Crimes to put an end to political payoffs.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo enjoys a rich mining history with significant copper, cobalt, and precious metals reserves. The leaders in the Ministry of Mines were recently elected through democratic process for a five year term and to-date have encouraged continued foreign investment in the country.