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Republic of the

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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook – Republic of the Congo

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 23 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

The Republic of the Congo’s economy is a mixture of subsistence farming, an industrial sector based largely on oil and support services, and government spending.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $6,800 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 35.4%

industry: 20.6%

services: 44% (2005 est.)

Unemployment rate: 36% (2014 est.)

Population below poverty line: 46.5% (2011 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 378 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 50.7 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 61.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 83.7% of population

Physicians density: 0.16 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 53.9% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 56.6% (2016)

The Borgen Project – Republic of the Congo ROC

[accessed 25 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Republic of Congo

[accessed 18 April 2021]

The World Bank supports the following sectors in the Republic of Congo: infrastructure, human development, agriculture, and governance and private sector development.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 23 December 2020]

The Congo's economy is built on its petroleum resources, lumber, transport services, and agriculture. After several prosperous years in the early 1980s, the price of oil declined and cast the Congolese economy into financial turmoil. The country long flirted with state socialist approaches to its economy before embarking on market-style reforms in 1989. Early efforts at state-farm production of staple foods failed. The devaluation of Franc Zone currencies in 1994 resulted in inflation of 61%, but this subsided rather quickly.

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