Central African RepublicCentral African Republic

Unity, Dignity, Work

 

General


Population: 5,277,959 (2014), 5,166,510 (2013)
Land Area: 622,984 sq km
Natural Resources: Diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydro power
Capital: Bangui
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Catherine Samba-Panza (January 20th 2014)
Head of Government: Andre Nzapayeke (January 25th 2014)
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: 51.35 years (2014), 50.9 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 2.05 billion (2013), 2.188 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 3.336 billion (2013), 3.847 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 700 (2013), 800 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: -14.5% (2013), 4.1% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 56.6%, Industry 14.5%, Services 28.9% (2013)
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: 0.341 (185th)(2014), 0.352 (180th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 6 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: 8% (2001)

MilitaryCentral African Republic Map


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

Current Situation

 

The Central African Republic is located in central Africa, The Central African Republic 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. There was a coup d'état in 2013 and the rebel groups are promising new elections in 2016, but this will cause economic uncertainty in the near term.

(2014) The Central African Republic's economic Growth was down sharply in 2013 due to the political crisis in the country. If the new interim President and Prime Minister of the Central African Republic can hold on to their posts long enough for elections to be held this should help restore some stability.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

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

Updated on: August 7th, 2014