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Central African RepublicCentral African Republic

Unity, Dignity, Work

 

General


Population: 4,950,027 (2011)
Land Area: 622,984 sq km
Natural Resources: Diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydro power
Capital: Bangui
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Francois Bozize (2003)
Head of Government: Faustin-Archange Touadera (2008)
Languages: French, Sangho, Tribal languages
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine Franc (XAF)
Major Religions: Indigenous Beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%
Major Ethnicities: Baya 33%, Banda 27%, Mandja 13%, Sara 10%, Mboum 7%, M'Baka 4%, Yakoma 4%, Other 2%
Life Expectancy: 50.07 years (2011)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 2.113 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 3.468 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 700 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 3.7% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 55%, Industry 20%, Services 25% (2001)
Labour Force By Occupation: NA
Industries: Gold and diamond mining, logging, brewing, textiles, footwear, assembly of bicycles and motorcycles
Agriculture Products: Cotton, coffee, tobacco, manioc, yams, millet, corn, bananas; timber
Human Development Index: 0.343 (179th)
Tourism Revenue: 6 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: 8% (2001)

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Army Size: 2 550 (2004)
Budget: 1.1% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

The Central African Republic is located in central Africa, it is bordered by Chad, Sudan, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. The Central African Republic's main export is diamonds, its main agricultural export is cotton. The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world.

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Sources

CIA World Factbook: Central African Republic
Wikipedia: Central African Republic
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/CAF.html

Updated on: December 5, 2011