Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It shares a border with Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of the Congo. CAR has a long history of civil unrest and instability that has resulted in the displacement of nearly 25% of its population. Following the 2016 elections, the country has for the first time in its history a democratically elected president and parliament. This is seen as the first step towards national reconstruction and growth of its key sectors, which include agriculture and mining.
President: Faustin-Archange Touadera
Population: 4.5 million
Religion: Christianity, Islam
Languages: French, Sangho
Real GDP growth is projected to accelerate to 5% in 2018, conditional on security, the implementation of the government development plan, and further strengthening in primary sectors and their related export performance. Economic growth will also be driven by a rise in import and export activities, assuming continued UN peace-keeping efforts for security and escort of merchandise along the corridor.
*Source – The World Bank