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Unity, Work, Progress



Population: 11,412,107 (2014), 11,193,452 (2013)
Land Area: 1,284,000 sq km
Natural Resources: Petroleum, uranium, natron, kaolin, fish, gold, limestone, sand and gravel, salt
Capital: N'Djamena
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Lt. Gen. Idriss Deby Itno (December 4th 1990)
Head of Government: Djimrangar Dadnadji (January 21st 2013)
Languages: French, Arabic, Sara, Over 120 other local languages
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine Franc (XAF)
Major Religions: Muslim 53.1%, Catholic 20.1%, Protestant 14.2%, Animist 7.3%, Other 0.5%, Unknown 1.7%, Atheist 3.1%
Major Ethnicities: Sara 27.7%, Arab 12.3%, Mayo-Kebbi 11.5%, Kanem-Bornou 9%, Ouaddai 8.7%, Hadjarai 6.7%, Tandjile 6.5%, Gorane 6.3%, Fitri-Batha 4.7%, Other 6.4% Unknown 0.3%
Life Expectancy: 49.44 years (2014), 49.07 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 13.59 billion (2013), 9.723 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 28 billion (2013), 21.34 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 2,500 (2013), 2,000 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 3.9% (2013), 7.3% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 46.3%, Industry 9.9%, Services 43.8% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 80%, Industry and Services 20% (2006)
Industries: Oil, cotton textiles, meatpacking, brewing, natron, soap, cigarettes, construction materials
Agriculture Products: Cotton, sorghum, millet, peanuts, rice, potatoes, manioc; cattle, sheep, goats, camels
Human Development Index: 0.372 (184th)(2014), 0.340 (184th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 10 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: NA

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Army Size: 30 350 (2004)
Budget: 4.2% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation


Chad is located in central Africa, Chad is bordered by Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger. Chad is plagued by political violence and attempted coup d'état the latest in February 2008. Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the most corrupted. Chad's main export is crude oil.

(2014) Chad's economy continues to grow steadily however it remains deeply impoverished and the government depends almost entirely on oil revenues and international aid. Another attempted coup was foiled in 2013, if Chad can maintain a semblance of stability foreign investments will eventually return, but even 24 years after the last succesful coup that brought President Idris Deby to power, investors are still weary of investing in Chad.

Thoughts & Comments



CIA World Factbook: Chad
Wikipedia: Chad

Updated on: August 8th, 2014