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DR Congo Economy

DR Congo's economy in numbers:

Nominal GDP of USD 58.1 billion in 2022.

GDP per capita of USD 600 compared to the global average of USD 10,589.

Average real GDP growth of 5.9% over the last decade.

Share of the region's population
Share of the region's GDP

Economic structure:

In 2021, services accounted for 35% of overall GDP, manufacturing 17%, other industrial activity 29%, and agriculture 19%. Looking at GDP by expenditure, private consumption accounted for 66% of GDP in 2021, government consumption 8%, fixed investment 25%, and net exports 1%.

GDP by economic sector
GDP by type of expenditure

International trade:

In 2020, manufactured products made up 24% of total merchandise exports, mineral fuels 0%, food 1%, ores and metals 74% and agricultural raw materials 1%, with other categories accounting for 0% of the total. In the same period, manufactured products made up 78% of total merchandise imports, mineral fuels 5%, food 9%, ores and metals 6% and agricultural raw materials 1%, with other goods accounting for 1% of the total. Total exports were worth USD 22 billion in 2021, while total imports were USD 18 billion.

Key exports
Key imports
Key export partners
Key import partners

Economic growth:

The economy recorded average annual growth of 5.9% in the decade to 2022. To read more about GDP growth in DR Congo, go to our dedicated page.

Fiscal policy:

DR Congo's fiscal deficit averaged 0.5% of GDP in the decade to 2022. Find out more on our dedicated page.

Unemployment:

The unemployment rate averaged 4.6% in the decade to 2022. For more information on DR Congo's unemployment click here.

Inflation:

Inflation averaged 9.6% in the decade to 2022. Go to our DR Congo inflation page for extra insight.

Monetary Policy:

DR Congo's monetary policy rate ended 2022 at 8.25%, up from 4.00% a decade earlier. See our DR Congo monetary policy page for additional details.

Exchange Rate:

From end-2012 to end-2022 the Congolese franc weakened by 73.4% vs the U.S. dollar. For more info on the Congolese franc, click here.
GDP growth decelerated in 2023 on the heels of weaker momentum in the key mining sector. However, the non-mining side of the economy gained steam, spearheaded by the construction and public works sectors. Turning to 2024, available data indicates that the economy started the year on a stronger footing. Business sentiment was healthier through May than in 2023, chiefly due to improving confidence in the construction sector. Additionally, merchandise exports rose 44% year on year in January–May, pointing to robust external demand. Less positively, the government remains immersed in a military conflict in the east of the country with the Rwanda-backed militia M23, boding poorly for economic activity in the area. Recent reports suggest that the DRC army is very disorganized and increasingly dysfunctional.
Projections out to 2033.

42 indicators covered including both annual and quarterly frequencies.

Consensus Forecasts based on a panel of 8 expert analysts.

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DR Congo Economic Data

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Population (million) 87.9 90.8 93.8 96.8 99.9
GDP (USD bn) 51.8 48.7 55.3 65.8 66.4
GDP per capita (USD) 589 537 590 680 664
GDP (CDF bn) 85,314 90,181 110,115 132,064 162,254
Economic Growth (Nominal GDP, ann. var. %) 10.5 5.7 22.1 19.9 22.9
Economic Growth (Real GDP, ann. var. %) 4.4 1.7 6.2 8.9 8.6
Private Consumption (ann. var. %) 5.5 -1.3 4.5 3.1 3.5
Government Consumption (ann. var. %) 6.6 4.1 21.7 22.2 -12.9
Fiscal Balance (% of GDP) -2.4 -3.2 -1.8 -0.5 -
Public Debt (% of GDP) 14.8 16.2 15.7 14.3 -
Inflation (CPI, ann. var. %, eop) 4.6 15.8 5.3 13.1 23.8
Inflation (CPI, ann. var. %, aop) 4.7 11.4 9.0 9.3 19.9
Policy Rate (%, eop) 9.00 18.50 8.50 8.25 25.00
Exchange Rate (CDF per USD, eop) 1,668 1,971 2,000 2,001 2,676
Exchange Rate (CDF per USD, aop) 1,640 1,850 1,989 2,002 2,301
Current Account Balance (USD bn) -1.6 -1.1 -0.5 -3.2 -
Current Account Balance (% of GDP) -3.1 -2.2 -0.9 -4.9 -
Merchandise Trade Balance (USD bn) 0.2 1.9 3.9 1.9 -
Merchandise Exports (USD bn) 13.2 13.8 22.2 28.6 -
Merchandise Imports (USD bn) 12.9 11.9 18.2 26.7 -
Merchandise Exports (ann. var. %) -17.4 4.6 60.9 28.7 -
Merchandise Imports (ann. var. %) -13.6 -8.3 53.8 46.3 -
Foreign Direct Investment (USD bn) 1.5 1.6 1.9 1.8 1.6
International Reserves (USD bn) 1.2 0.7 3.5 - -
International Reserves (months of imports) 1.1 0.8 2.3 - -
External Debt (USD bn) 6.5 7.1 9.2 9.4 -
External Debt (% of GDP) 12.5 14.5 16.6 14.3 -

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