CONGO

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INTRODUCING

CONGO

Official title:
Republic of the Congo

General information:
Capital: Brazzaville
Population: 5,518,092 (2021 est.)
Total area: 342,000 km2
Currency: CFA Franc (XOF)
National holiday: Independence Day, 15th August (1960)
Official language: French
Recognized regional languages: Kituba and Lingala

Type of government:
Presidential republic

Diplomatic representative: H.E. Ms Jeanne DAMBENDZET (Italy – Rome)

Economy:

  • GDP (nominal): $8,05 billion (2020 est.)
  • GDP (nominal) per capita: $1,441 (2020 est.)
  • GDP (PPP): $29,38 billion (2020 est.)
  • GDP (PPP) per capita: $5,257 (2020 est.)
  • GDP (official exchange rate): $7,47 billion (2020 est.)
  • GDP (real growth rate): -6,0% (2020 est.)

GDP per sector:

  • Agriculture 4,7%
  • Industry 62,2%
  • Service 33,1% (2019 est.)


Agriculture products: cassava (manioc, tapioca), sugar, rice, corn, peanuts, vegetables, coffee, cocoa, forest products
Main industries: petroleum extraction, cement, lumber, brewing, sugar, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarettes

Trade – Export
Exported commodities: oil, timber, plywood, sugar, coffee, cocoa, diamonds

Main export partners:

  • China 40,4%
  • EU 28 16,5%
  • Angola 8,5%
  • Australia 7,8%
  • US 5,1% (2014)


Trade – Import

Imported commodities: capital equipment, construction materials, foodstuffs

Main import partners:

  • EU 28 27,7%
  • Angola 15,1%
  • Gabon 12,2%
  • Ghana 8,9%
  • China 5% (2014)

Sources:

Central Intelligence Agency. 2015. The World Factbook: The Republic of Congo. Available at: http://stat.wto.org (February 9th 2016).

International Monetary Fund. 2015. World Economic Outlook: The Republic of Congo. Available at: http://knoema.com (February 9th 2016).

World Trade Organization. 2015. Statistics Database: Congo. Available at: http://stat.wto.org (Feburary 9th 2016).