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Congo, Democratic Rep.

The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a nation endowed with vast potential wealth - is slowly recovering from two decades of decline. Conflict that began in August 1998 has dramatically reduced national output and government revenue, increased external debt, and resulted in the deaths of more than 5 million people from violence, famine, and disease. Foreign businesses curtailed operations due to uncertainty about the outcome of the conflict, lack of infrastructure, and the difficult operating environment. Conditions began to improve in late 2002 with the withdrawal of a large portion of the invadi...  More..

Economy of Congo, Democratic Rep.
SOURCE: CIA - The World Factbook
GDP (PPP) $21.33 billion (2009 est.)
GDP (per capita) $300 (2009 est.)
Exports $6.1 billion (2007)
Imports $5.2 billion (2007)
Main Industries Mining (Diamonds, Gold, Copper, Cobalt, Coltan, Zinc), Mineral Processing, Consumer Products (Including Textiles, Footwear, Cigarettes, Processed Foods and Beverages), Cement, Commercial Ship Repair
Exports - Commodities Diamonds, Gold, Copper, Cobalt, Wood Products, Crude Oil, Coffee
Imports - Commodities Foodstuffs, Mining and Other Machinery, Transport Equipment, Fuels
Exports Partners China 47.3%, Belgium 15.4%, Finland 9.6%, US 8.1%, Zambia 4.4% (2008)
Imports Partners South Africa 28.4%, Belgium 9.9%, Zambia 7.1%, Zimbabwe 6%, China 5.9%, Kenya 5%, France 4.6% (2008)

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