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Republic of Congo

Republic of Congo

The economy is made up of a mixture of village agriculture and handicrafts, an industrial sector which is largely based on petroleum, support services, and a government characterized by budget problems and overstaffing. Petroleum extraction has supplanted forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports.

Industrial and commercial activity has declined rapidly in recent years, within the rural areas, leaving theirl economies dependent on the government for support and subsistence.

There are many Pygmies living in the Congo as slaves to Bantu masters. The nation is deeply stratified between these two major ethnic groups. The Pygmy slaves from birth, belong to their Bantu masters in a relationship that the Bantus would refer to as a time-honoured tradition. Even though the Pygmies are responsible for most of the fishing, manual labour and hunting in the jungle villages, Pygmies and Bantus alike say Pygmies are very often paid at the master's desire. The master would pay in cigarettes, used clothing, or even nothing at all.

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Country Population: 3,999,000
Country Capital: Brazzaville
Country Currency: Central African CFA franc

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