Countries / Territories

Central African Republic

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IThe Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in central Africa with the highest poverty rate in the world. Although CAR possesses abundant natural resources, they are under-exploited, with exports concentrated on wood and diamonds and subsistence agriculture accounting for almost one third of GDP. The political situation in CAR has been unstable since its independence from France in 1960 due to repeated conflicts within the sub-region itself as well as frequent political unrest in the country. In 2013, a major security and humanitarian crisis engulfed the country.