Central African Republic



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Capital: Bangui

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Faustin-Archange Touadéra


  • Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry, remains the backbone of the economy, with about 60% of the population living in outlying areas.
  • The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP.
  • Timber accounts for 16% of export earnings and the diamond industry, 40%.

Population: 5,990,855 (2020)

Land Size: 622,984 sq km (240,535 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Baya: 33%
  • Banda: 27%
  • Mandjia: 13%
  • Sara: 10%
  • Mboum: 7%
  • M’Baka: 4%
  • Yakoma: 4%
  • Other: 2%

  • Indigenous beliefs: 35%
  • Protestant: 25%
  • Roman Catholic: 25%
  • Muslim: 15%


  • French (official)
  • Sangho (lingua franca and national language)
  • Gbaya
  • Banda



  • Tue - Jun 30, 2020: Peacebuilding Expertise Plays Role in COVID-19 Era - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [allAfrica] As South Africa prepared for its first democratic elections in 1994, political tensions and domestic conflict escalated. Two years earlier, Wiseman Nkuhlu, now Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, was a founding trustee of The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Accord) and has remained on the board. The organisation works "throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict". Its Peacebuilding Unit seeks to address the root causes of confl
  • Wed - Jun 24, 2020: "We can build Africa without weapons" - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Plan International] Zara* was just ten years old when she joined an armed group in Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries which has been engulfed in conflict since 2012. "I joined the armed group in 2013. I thought it was the only path I could take to earn a living," says Zara, who is now 17.
  • Fri - Jun 5, 2020: Angola Chairs ECCAS Commission - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [ANGOP] Luanda -- The Council of Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) approved Thursday, by consensus, the candidate of Angola for the position of president of the organ's Commission, Gilberto Veríssimo, as part of the ongoing reform process.