Central African Republic

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bangui

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Economy:

  • 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%
Religions:

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Aug 3, 2021: UN Extends Arms Embargo - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Cameroon Tribune] Despite an earlier appeal from the country's President and China's support during the Security Council deliberations.
  • Thu - Jul 29, 2021: AfCFTA Focus - Central African Republic - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Namibian] ON 1 January this year, trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) became operational. The agreement pushes for a liberalised trade regime that would gradually lead to an integrated continental market with import tariffs phased out on 97% of tariff lines within 10 to 13 years.
  • Tue - Jul 27, 2021: CAR Must Impartially Investigate Bongboto Killings - UN Expert - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [OHCHR] Geneva -- "I deplore the killing of these individuals, and call for justice to be served for the victims and their families," said Yao Agbetse, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic.
  • Tue - Jul 20, 2021: Repeated Attacks On Medical Care Leave People Vulnerable - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [MSF] Bangui - Relentless attacks on patients, health staff and medical facilities in Central African Republic (CAR) during a countrywide surge in violence are forcing the suspension of medical activities and seriously constraining people's access to healthcare, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
  • Mon - Jul 19, 2021: Rwandan Peacekeepers in CAR Get UN Medals - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [New Times] Rwandan peacekeepers (Rwanda Battle Group III and Rwanda Medical Contingent VI) serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were on Friday, July 16, decorated with UN medals in recognition of their contribution to maintaining peace and stability during almost one year tour of duty in Central African Republic, Sector East, Bria.