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Justice, Peace, Work

 

General


Population: 77,433,744 (2014), 75,507,308 (2013)
Land Area: 2,345,410 sq km
Natural Resources: Cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydro power, timber
Capital: Kinshasa
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Joseph Kabila (January 17th 2001)
Head of Government: Augustin Matata Ponyo (April 19th 2012)
Languages: French, Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)
Major Religions: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%
Major Ethnicities: Mongo, Luba, Kongo, Mangbetu-Azande, Over 200 other ethnic groups
Life Expectancy: 56.54 years (2014), 56.14 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 18.56 billion (2013), 17.7 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 29.39 billion (2013), 27.53 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 400 (2013), 400 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 6.2% (2013), 7.1% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 44.3%, Industry 21.7%, Services 34% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: NA
Industries: Mining, mineral processing, consumer products, cement, commercial ship repair
Agriculture Products: Coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava, bananas, root crops, corn, fruits; wood products
Human Development Index: 0.338 (186th)(2014), 0.304 (186th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 2 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: NA

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Army Size: 64 800 (2004)
Budget: 2.5% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in south western Africa, The Democratic Republic of the Congo is bordered by the Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, the Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered enormously from the Second Congo War that lasted from 1998 to 2003. This war has crippled the economy and scared foreign investors, some fighting still occurs in the east. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has large amounts of natural resources, but will not be able to exploit them completely until stability is returned to the country.

(2014) The Democratic Republic of the Congo's economic growth continues to be strong, however it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Stability in The Democratic Republic of the Congo's remains illusive with various militias wrestling for control of different parts of the country and showcasing the government's inability to respond.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Wikipedia: Democratic Republic Of The Congo
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/COD.html

Updated on: August 10th, 2014