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An Introduction to Republic of Congo

Until independence in 1960, the Republic of the Congo spent three quarters of a century under French sovereignty. Portuguese expeditions arrived in the 16th century and for centuries the Congo River Delta was a major commercial hub for transatlantic trade between European Merchants and the inland Bantu Kingdoms - including slaves captured from the hinterlands. After independence the country was Marxist until 1990, then elected its first democratic government in 1992, but civil war followed in 1997 and a ceasefire, signed in 2003, has a tenuous hold, while the number of refugees in the country constitutes a humanitarian crisis. See full country profile.

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Fast Facts
Map of Republic of Congo
CAPITAL: Brazzaville
GOVERNMENT: Republic
AREA: 342,000 sq km
POPULATION: 4,243,929 (July 2011 est)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: French and Recognised Regional Languages: Kongo/Kituba, Lingala
Crowned crane, Republic of the Congo
Crowned crane, Republic of the Congo


The Gods May Throw... Mbombo, also called Bumba, is the creator god in the religion and mythology of the Kuba of Central Africa. Their creation story tells that in the beginning Mbombo was alone, and darkness and water covered all the earth. Feeling an intense pain in his stomach, Mbombo first vomited the sun, the moon, and stars. The heat and light from the sun evaporated the water covering the earth, creating clouds, and after time, the dry hills emerged from the water. Then Mbombo vomited once more, bringing forth nine animals, which went on to create most of the others on earth; and many men, including the white Loko Yima, who became his deputy on earth.

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Republic of Congo in Profile

Until independence in 1960, the Republic of the Congo spent three quarters of a century under French sovereignty. Portuguese expeditions arrived in the 16th century and for centuries the Congo River Delta was a major commercial hub for transatlantic trade between European Merchants and the inland Bantu Kingdoms - including slaves captured from the hinterlands. After independence the country was Marxist until 1990, then elected its first democratic government in 1992, but civil war followed in 1997 and a ceasefire, signed in 2003, has a tenuous hold, while the number of refugees in the country constitutes a humanitarian crisis.

Congo has recently (30th December 2010) passed a law for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, the first of its kind in Africa, partly in response to concern from international human rights groups over conditions for the country's many Pygmies.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $17.11 billion (2010 est) - $4,100 per capita (PPP 2010 est)

Religions Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%

Currency: Central African Franc (XAF) - GBP 1 = XAF 746.25

Telephone Code: +242

Research Industry

Congo has no MR association. If you know differently, please get in touch! chris@mrweb.com

Overview of Trade and Industry

The economy of Congo is a mixture of agriculture, handicrafts, and an industrial sector based largely on petroleum. However, the government is characterised by budget problems and overstaffing. The production of petroleum has recently surpassed forestry as the mainstay of the economy - the oil sector accounts for around 65% of GDP, 85% of government revenue and 92% of exports.

Congo also has base metal, gold, iron and phosphate deposits. The country is a member of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA). The Congolese government has signed an agreement to lease 200,000 hectares of land to South African farmers to reduce its dependence on imports.

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