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Africa: Central African Republic



About Central African Republic

The former French colony of Ubangi-Shari became the Central African Republic upon independence in 1960. After three tumultuous decades of misrule - mostly by military governments - a civilian government was installed in 1993.


Vital Statistics
Capitol City: Bangui
Population: 3,576,884
Percent below poverty: NA%
Language: French (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), Arabic, Hunsa, Swahili
Date of independence: 13 August 1960 (from France)
Form of government: republic
Title of Leader: President
Natural Resources: diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydropower
Environmental Issues: tap water is not potable; poaching has diminished its reputation as one of the last great wildlife refuges; desertification; deforestation
Agricultural Products: cotton, coffee, tobacco, manioc (tapioca), yams, millet, corn, bananas; timber
Imports: food, textiles, petroleum products, machinery, electrical equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, industrial products
Exports: diamonds, timber, cotton, coffee, tobacco
Trading Partners: IMPORTS: France 35%, Cameroon 13%, Benelux, Cote d'Ivoire, Germany, Japan (1999)
EXPORTS: Benelux 64%, Cote d'Ivoire, Spain, China, Egypt, France (1999)

 

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