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 There is a high risk that general elections scheduled for October 18th will be postponed. If this happens, they are likely later in 2015 or in early 2016 as the authorities seek to ...
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