Population: 4.559 mn.
GDP: 14.11 bn.
Debt: 3.45 bn.

Government hopes rest on new deep offshore oil fields to boost production. French investigations into the Biens Mal Acquis dossier and the Beach Affair will bring more negative publicity for President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.



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  • Vol 55 No 19
  •  26th September 2014

Poor prospects ahead

The IMF predicts 6% growth but poverty still rises. Sassou has high hopes for Special Economic Zones as the end of oil looms

  • Vol 55 No 11
  •  30th May 2014

Sassou slaps Kabila

The recent expulsions of Congo-Kinshasa's nationals mark a new low in relations between the two capitals that face each other across the Congo River

  • Vol 54 No 24
  •  22nd November 2013

The Atlantic ports puzzle

Kinshasa cannot decide whether to develop its own outlet to the Atlantic or depend on Brazzaville. It’s all about geopolitics and special interests

  • Vol 54 No 22
  •  1st November 2013

Lessons from Luanda

Angola has been flexing its military muscles to remind Congo-Brazzaville exactly who is boss. In a security operation beginning on 13 October, Angolan forces seized 40 Congolese soldiers in the Kimongo area of Niari Prefecture, bordering Cabinda, where re...

  • Vol 53 No 21
  •  19th October 2012

A poverty of strategy

The President and his ministers respond to criticism of their economic policy by changing the goals but little else

  • Vol 53 No 21
  •  19th October 2012

Borrowing big

Building Congo-Brazzaville’s infrastructure, a more tangible goal than policy reform, has been taken to heart. It is overseen by the department for large projects, the Délégation générale des grands travaux, under Minister Jean-Jacques Bouya, a former Air...

  • Vol 53 No 7
  •  30th March 2012

Sassou for ever

The President remains confident his people and his donors will accept autocracy as a small price to pay for peace

  • Vol 53 No 7
  •  30th March 2012

Dying by the sword

Although he has long since traded in his uniform to rule as a civilian president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso likes to be associated with the pomp and power of the Forces armées congolaises. That’s why the devastating explosions on 4 March also damaged his repu...

  • Vol 51 No 5
  •  5th March 2010

Sassou's reforms on trial

The IMF and World Bank have given Sassou-Nguesso a clean bill of health but anti-corruption lobbyists diasgree

  • Vol 50 No 21
  •  23rd October 2009

Brazzaville counts on France and the IMF

Having stolen another election, President Sassou-Nguesso’s regime expects no foreign censure for its diversion of state funds

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