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Private Colonial Companies - Expo Brussels 1935

Private Colonial Companies at the Exhibition Expo Brussels 1935
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Architect(s) : René Schoentjes et Douret

With a surface area of 1,300 m2, it was the work of the architects Schoentjes and Douret.

It included the stand of the Union Professionnelle des Producteurs de Bois précieux (Professional Union of Precious Wood Producers); the mining stand with the participation of the mining service of the Ministry of Colonies; the Compagnie du Katanga; the Comité spécial du Katanga; the Compagnie des Chemins de fer du Congo supérieur aux Grands Lacs africains; the Comité national du Kivu; the Union Minière du Haut-Katanga; the Mines d'Or de Kilo-Moto; the private companies producing gold in Congo; and the Compagnie Géologique et Minière des industriels et Ingénieurs belges Géomines. There was also a stand of local industries: Brasseries du Katanga; Brasserie de Léopoldville; Société des Ciments du Congo; Ciments du Katanga; Société Générale des forces hydro-électriques du Katanga; Société Générale africaine d'Electricité; Société d'entreprises de travaux en béton au Katanga; Chantier naval et industriel du Congo; Minoteries du Katanga; Usines textiles de Léopoldville.

The transporters' stand brought together the companies grouped within the Permanent Coordination Committee for Transport in Congo.

The agriculture, livestock and trade stand showed the achievements in the cultivation of cotton, palm oil, sugar, copal, livestock, ivory production and chemical and pharmaceutical products.

Finally, the Compagnie Immobilière du Nord du Kivu; the Compagnie foncière du Katanga; the Société coloniale d'Electricité; the Régie des distributions d'eau; the Banks and the Société d'exploitation de la Photographie aérienne, constituted the sixth stand devoted to credit institutions, real estate and mortgage companies and urbanisation.

The whole of this pavilion was a striking illustration of the remarkable results obtained in the Congo by private initiative.

© Le Livre d'Or de l'Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1935