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    Congo, Democratic Republic of the Economy - 2003

      Economy - overview: The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a nation endowed with vast potential wealth - has declined drastically since the mid-1980s. The war, which began in August 1998, has dramatically reduced national output and government revenue, has increased external debt, and has resulted in the deaths from war, famine, and disease of perhaps 3.5 million people. Foreign businesses have curtailed operations due to uncertainty about the outcome of the conflict, lack of infrastructure, and the difficult operating environment. The war has intensified the impact of such basic problems as an uncertain legal framework, corruption, inflation, and lack of openness in government economic policy and financial operations. Conditions improved in late 2002 with the withdrawal of a large portion of the invading foreign troops. A number of IMF and World Bank missions have met with the government to help it develop a coherent economic plan, and President KABILA has begun implementing reforms. Much economic activity lies outside the GDP data.

      GDP: purchasing power parity - $34 billion (2002 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate: 3.5% (2002 est.)

      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $610 (2002 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 55%
      industry: 11%
      services: 34% (2000 est.)

      Population below poverty line: NA%

      Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%
      highest 10%: NA%

      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 16% (2002 est.)

      Labor force: 14.51 million (1993 est.)

      Labor force - by occupation: NA

      Unemployment rate: NA%

      Budget: revenues: $269 million
      expenditures: $244 million, including capital expenditures of $24 million (1996 est.)

      Industries: mining (diamonds, copper, zinc), mineral processing, consumer products (including textiles, footwear, cigarettes, processed foods and beverages), cement

      Industrial production growth rate: NA%

      Electricity - production: 5.243 billion kWh (2001)

      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 1.8%
      hydro: 98.2%
      other: 0% (2001)
      nuclear: 0%

      Electricity - consumption: 3.839 billion kWh (2001)

      Electricity - exports: 1.097 billion kWh (2001)

      Electricity - imports: 60 million kWh (2001)

      Oil - production: 24,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - consumption: 14,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - exports: NA (2001)

      Oil - imports: NA (2001)

      Oil - proved reserves: 1.538 billion bbl (January 2002 est.)

      Natural gas - proved reserves: 104.8 billion cu m (January 2002 est.)

      Agriculture - products: coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, bananas, root crops, corn, fruits; wood products

      Exports: $1.2 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)

      Exports - commodities: diamonds, copper, crude oil, coffee, cobalt

      Exports - partners: Belgium 59.7%, US 12.9%, Zimbabwe 7.4%, France 6.9%, South Africa, Finland, Italy (2000)

      Imports: $890 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)

      Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, mining and other machinery, transport equipment, fuels

      Imports - partners: South Africa 18.2%, Belgium 16.4%, Nigeria 11.8%, France 5.9%, Kenya, China (2000)

      Debt - external: $12.9 billion (2000 est.)

      Economic aid - recipient: $195.3 million (1995)

      Currency: Congolese franc (CDF)

      Currency code: CDF

      Exchange rates: Congolese francs per US dollar - 346.49 (2002), 206.62 (2001), 21.82 (2000), 4.02 (1999), 1.61 (1998)

      Fiscal year: calendar year

      NOTE: The information regarding Congo, Democratic Republic of the on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Congo, Democratic Republic of the Economy 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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