Imports$380.1 million (2011 est.)
Exports$169.2 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)1.7% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate8% (2001 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$800 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate3.7% (2010 est.)
Internet users22,600 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular1.02 million (2009)
Population growth rate2.142% (2012 est.)
Population5,057,208 (July 2012 est.)
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 - civilian rule was established in 1993 and lasted for one decade.
President Ange-Felix PATASSE's civilian government was plagued by unrest, and in March 2003 he was deposed in a military coup led by General Francois BOZIZE, who established a transitional government....
Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry, remains the backbone of the economy of the Central African Republic (CAR), with about 60% of the population living in outlying areas.
The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP.
Timber has accounted for about 16% of export earnings and the diamond industry, for 40%....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2016-17 The president-elect, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, will be bolstered by his overwhelming victory in the run-off election in February 2016, but political risks remain on the downside ...