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Republic of Congo

(Placename) a republic in W Central Africa: formerly the French colony of Middle Congo, part of French Equatorial Africa, it became independent in 1960; consists mostly of equatorial forest, with savanna and extensive swamps; drained chiefly by the Rivers Congo and Ubangi. Official language: French. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: franc. Capital: Brazzaville. Pop: 4 492 689 (2013 est). Area: 342 000 sq km (132 018 sq miles). Former names: Middle Congo (until 1958)
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In contrast with neighbouring Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville seems to have finally stemmed the fall in oil production and something of a recovery may be underway.
This unit, to be carried out by Africa-Cote d'Ivoire Cement company (CIMAF-Cote d'Ivoire), a subsidiary "of Addoha" Moroccan group, will have a yearly production capacity of 80 million bags (extendable to 160 millions), for the group's cement plants in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Niger and Mali.
The most recent purchase will make Airtel the largest mobile operator in Congo-Brazzaville with around 2.
Despite their substantial oil and mineral wealth respectively, no banks from Congo-Brazzaville or Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) make it into the Top 10.
Congo-Brazzaville has exceeded that global rate by a third.
Transport links with the surrounding countries of Chad, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Congo-Brazzaville and Cameroon are very limited and the parts of these neighbouring states that border CAR are generally sparsely populated with the result that cross-border trade is light.
The Dingyi Group is also in the last stage to buy Australia s Elemental Minerals that owns 93 percent of the Sintoukola potash project in the Republic of the Congo, called as Congo-Brazzaville.
In the fields of Heritage, Museum and Arts, South Africa will assist Congo-Brazzaville in the preparation of sites that could qualify for World Heritage status; and both countries shall actively participate in heritage related programmes supported by the global body, (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) UNESCO.
However, the nearby states of Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville both possess sizeable onshore fields not far from the coast, with similar geology to parts of western DRC, so increased investment could yield further discoveries.