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25 February, 2021updated 29 Oct 2021 18:11

Investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By Carmen

As of 2021, the Democratic Republic of Congo has a population of 92.4 million, making it the 16th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 49.9% males and 50.1% females.

There are 32.3 million people employed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with an unemployment rate of 4.2% – 1.4 million people.


The Democratic Republic of Congo is the 216th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $45.9bn.

As of 2016 there were 464,678 students in tertiary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 4.6 million students in secondary and 13.8 million in primary education. The Democratic Republic of Congo spent 1.5% of its GDP on education in 2019.

The Democratic Republic of Congo ranked 183rd in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 184th. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), the Democratic Republic of Congo finished 139th, after ranking 139th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $231m and private healthcare expenditure equalled $1.6bn in 2018.

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