Economic Trivia

The Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of U.S. $24 trillion.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2020): China, Tanzania, and South Africa
Top 3 Exported Goods (2020): Copper, Inorganic Chemicals , and Ores

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Mining (Copper, Cobalt, Gold, Diamonds, Coltan, Zinc, Tin, Tungsten); Mineral Processing; Consumer Products (Textiles, Plastics, Footwear, Cigarettes); Metal Products

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $132,415,377,828 (2022)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 8.924% (2022)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,337 (2022)
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GDP Country Rank 87/197 (2022)

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 %) 2.886% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $10,288,150,919 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 50.7% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.228% (2021)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 16.733% (2022)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($587,406,970) (2021)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 35,059,361 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 55.284% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 10.029% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 34.688% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 4.987% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $29,559,714,351 (2022)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $27,884,851,918 (2022)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 66.132% (2022)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,845,773,309 (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $138,434,277 (2021)
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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, Democratic Republic of the Congo’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