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DR Congo Merchandise Exports (ann. var. %)

Merchandise Exports in DR Congo

Revised estimates from the IMF and the Central Bank show economic growth reached 8.9% in 2022 (2021: +6.2%). The acceleration was driven by a 22.6% expansion in the mining sector—the production of cobalt and copper increased by 19.5% and 30.9% year on year, respectively—and higher public spending. In Q1 2023, economic growth should have decelerated somewhat: In January–March, both inflation and interest rates reached their highest levels in nearly two years, boding poorly for consumption and investment. On 15 May, the government suspended import taxes on maize amid growing food shortages in the country’s south. Meanwhile, the President reshuffled his cabinet to include a number of political allies he feels he will need for the upcoming general election in December. However, the inclusion of a number of figures tainted by corruption bodes poorly for governance standards.

DR Congo Merchandise Exports Chart

This chart displays Merchandise Exports (ann. var. %) for DR Congo from 2012 to 2021.

DR Congo Merchandise Exports Data

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Merchandise Exports (ann. var. %) -2.8 38.3 -5.9 -8.3 60.9

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