Countries / Territories

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Country Brief

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest country of Central Africa in terms of size. The country is rich of natural resources such as diamonds, copper, gold and oil, which it exports in large quantities. The country also produces wood products and coffee for exportation towards its main partners such as China, Zambia and Belgium. However, despite its large potential, Congo DRC is classified as the least developed country according to UNDP’s Human Development Index partly due to a long period of political instability.

Congo DRC is a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (ECGLC). The country has benefited from a number of ITC interventions under PACT2 notably in the area of coffee export promotion and the reinforcement of trade support institutions. Congo DRC is looking forward to further diversify its economy by developing its production and exports of non-traditional products such as yam and cassava.

Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.