Country Report Central African Republic August 1997 Main report

Economic structure.

Economic structure Latest available figures Economic indicators 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 GDP at market prices CFAfr bn 365 354 483 582 n/a Real GDP growth % -2.6 2.6 3.9 4.7 n/a Consumer price inflation % -1.4 -2.9 24.6 19.4 n/a Population m 3.08 3.16 3.30 3.40 3.50 Exports fob $ m 116 133 146 181 n/a Imports fob $ m 189 158 131 176 n/a Current account $ m -83 -13 -25 -9 n/a Reserves excl gold $ m 100 112 210 234 236(a) Total external debt $ m 814 873 824 944 n/a External debt-service ratio % 9.3 5.0 13.0 6.8 n/a Diamond production '000 carats 414 495 529 484 n/a Seed cotton production(b) '000 tons 12.0 15.9 27.5 32.0© n/a Timber production '000 cu metres 211 311 299 326 n/a Exchange rate (av) CFAfr:$ 264.7 283.2 555.2 499.2 511.6 August 11, 1997 CFAfr626.0:$1 Origins of gross domestic product 1995 % of total Agriculture 46.5 Industry 13.3 Services 40.2 GDP at factor cost 100.0 Components of gross domestic product 1995 % of total Private consumption 80.4 Government consumption 12.0 Gross domestic investment 14.6 Exports of goods & services 20.4 Imports of goods & services -27.4 GDP at market prices 100.0 Principal exports 1995 $ m Principal imports 1995© $ m Diamonds 92 Miscellaneous 129 Coffee 29 Capital goods 31 Timber 28 Fuel & energy 16 Cotton 23 Main destinations of exports % of Main origins of imports % of 1995(d) total 1995(d) total Belgium-Luxembourg 40 France 37 France 16 Japan 24 Zaire 1 Cameroon 6 Congo 1 Germany 4 (a) End-November. (b) Crop years starting December 1. © Official estimates. (d) Drawn from partners' trade returns, subject to a wide margin of error.

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