Deloitte entered the Democratic Republic of Congo three years ago.
How important is the African continent to Deloitte, and how is the firm structured?
Thierry Lacroix (TL): Africa has been identified as a priority market for the global firm, which means that key strategic and game changing investments are being made to become the undisputed professional services leader in Africa. Deloitte’s fully integrated network in Africa, through regional hubs, ensures consistent quality and coordinated delivery for our clients.
Overall in Africa, the firm has 7,000 professionals and more than 400 partners. Deloitte in Francophone Africa boasts 16 offices in 13 countries, with 900 people on the ground and is under the responsibility of Deloitte France and its managing partner. Deloitte has developed a global mining industry expertise, with a dedicated leader at the global, African and regional (Francophone Africa and Anglophone Africa) leaders.
Which jurisdictions are the most important to Deloitte Afrique Francophone, and why?
TL: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a key market. Deloitte entered this jurisdiction only three years ago, and since has shown amazing growth. The firm is confident that this will continue, subject to political stability. The DRC’s mining sector is an important market for Deloitte. The firm’s Lubumbashi office is focused towards the mining industry where it offers a dedicated tax and legal mining expertise on top of our other core activities of audit, financial advisory, risk services, and consulting.
How does Deloitte serve the Francophone countries in jurisdictions where Deloitte does not have a local office?
TL: If there is not an office presence in a particular Francophone or Anglophone country then responsibility of that country is assigned to a nearby country that hosts a Deloitte office. The firm’s consulting services are fully integrated within its advisory department, leveraging Deloitte’s resources/expertise wherever the firm is, to work with the local managing partner.
Do you have a final message for readers?
TL: Deloitte’s aspiration in Africa is to become the undisputed professional services leader for our clients. This ambition, however, comes with great responsibilities to serve our clients with quality and distinction, while contributing to society, with one purpose: making an impact that matters.
This interview was conducted as part of research being conducted by GBR for its upcoming Mining in Africa Country Investment Guide (MACIG) 2016. A pre-release report on the Central African Copperbelt was released in October 2015 and can be accessed here. To participate in this report, please contact Molly Concannon at email@example.com.