The number of countries moving towards authoritarianism in 2020 was higher than that of countries going in the other direction, towards democracy, according to the Global State of Democracy Report, 2021.
The report is released by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA).
While 20 countries moved in the direction of authoritarianism, seven countries moved towards democracy.
The report highlighted the case of Brazil and India as some of the most worrying examples of backsliding. However, India remained in the category of a mid-level performing democracy.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s government would push to develop domestic battery manufacturing capacity to add value to its exports of minerals such as cobalt and copper.
Congo mines around two-thirds of the world’s cobalt, an ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, and is Africa’s leading producer of copper. Demand for the minerals is rising to power electric vehicles and electronic devices.
But Congo exports its minerals for only a fraction of the final cost of the batteries, which are mostly manufactured in Asia.