Djibouti

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INFORMATION

Capital: Djibouti City

Government: Dominant-Party Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Ismaïl Omar Guelleh

Economy:

  • Based on service activities connected with the country’s strategic location and status as a free trade zone.
  • Provides services as both a transit port for the region and an international transshipment and refueling center.
  • Djibouti has few natural resources and little industry.  Therefore, Djibouti is heavily dependent on foreign assistance to help support its balance of payment and to finance development projects.

Population: 884,017 (2018)

Land Size: 23,200 sq km (8,950 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Somali: 60%
  • Afar: 35%
  • Other: 5% (includes French, Arab, Ethiopian, and Italian)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 94%
  • Christian: 6%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Arabic (official)
  • Somali
  • Afar

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Jun 14, 2019: On the Day of the African Child, Fight for the Rights of Our Girls - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [allAfrica] On this year's Day of the African Child on June 16, heads of state, ministers, religious leaders, community leaders, survivors' networks and campaigners will come together for the first ever Africa-led summit on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.
  • Thu - Jun 6, 2019: China, U.S. Standoff Playing Itself Out in Djibouti - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [CAJ News] THE United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), losing confidence in a shared space in Djibouti, is bearing the brunt of the friction between the country and its rival superpower, China.
  • Wed - May 22, 2019: Ethio-Djibouti Railway Partially Resumes Operation - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [Addis Fortune] The Ethio-Djibouti Railway partially resumed operations three weeks after being derailed in East Showa Zone of the Oromia Regional State. However, the train will still not be able to travel during nighttime or during rainstorms.
  • Thu - May 16, 2019: CHAN Team to Face Uganda/Djibouti in Friendly - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya's team for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers is scheduled to play a friendly match against either Uganda or Djibouti's corresponding CHAN team before the first round of qualification matches set for July 27.