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Central African Republic sees biggest economic growth in years

By Crispin Dembassa-Kette
Posted on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 08:12

In an interview on national radio, Mahamat Tahir Ahmed said increased activity in most sectors of the economy helped boost growth after years of poor performance hampered by inter-communal violence and political instability.

Since 2000, Central African Republic has not experienced such growth

In 2014, growth was 1 percent and in 2013, the economy contracted by 37 percent. “Since 2000, Central African Republic has not experienced such growth,” said Ahmed. “Economic activities have resumed. All sectors are going in the right direction.”

Central African Republic, one of the world’s most unstable countries, suffered the worst crisis in its history in early 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters toppled president Francois Bozize. Christian militias responded to Seleka abuses by attacking the Muslim minority.

A fifth of the population fled their homes to escape the violence, leaving the impoverished country divided along ethnic and religious lines.

Once lucrative cotton and coffee sectors evaporated and gold, diamond and uranium resource development was slowed by coups and rebellions that have seen major investors give the former French colony a wide berth.

The country has taken some hope from recent peaceful elections in what was seen as a step towards reconciliation after years of violent turmoil.

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