Economic Trivia

Because of its modest oil resources and favorable agricultural conditions, Cameroon has one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): China, France, and Italy
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Oil & Mineral Fuels, Cocoa, and Wood

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Petroleum Production and Refining; Aluminum Production; Food Processing; Light Consumer Goods

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $102,628,408,070 (2020)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 0.492% (2020)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $3,866 (2020)
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GDP Country Rank 90/197 (2020)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 2.438% (2020)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $13,863,899,166 (2020)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 57.7% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.867% (2008)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 13.291% (2020)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($1,512,407,004) (2020)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 11,483,970 (2020)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 42.867% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 15.055% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 42.079% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 3.62% (2020)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $7,437,060,665 (2020)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $6,134,977,223 (2020)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 21.441% (2020)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,024,779,238 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,616,493,270 (2020)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Cameroon’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank