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%....
After political upheaval led to GDP plunging by 36% in 2013, we expect modest growth of 1% in 2014 and then some 5-6% a year in 2015-18. Given the extent of the collapse, GDP is unlikely to regain its ...
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2015-16 The outlook for political stability in the Central African Republic (CAR) will remain poor as the new transition authorities led by Catherine Samba Panza struggle to rein in violence ...
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