Congo. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Republic of the Congo is 5,518,098 people in 2020. Republic of the Congo was excluded in July from the so-called
Kimberley Process, the international cooperation in the
diamond trade, which ensures that illegally mined diamonds
do not come out on the market and thereby contribute to
financing warfare. According to the Kimberley Process
Supervisory Body, Republic of the Congo has not been able to account for where
all the unprocessed diamonds come from which the country
exports. Neighboring Congo-Kinshasa has long claimed that
illegally mined diamonds from there were smuggled on via K.
The exclusion means that Republic of the Congo is not allowed to export
diamonds to countries within the Kimberley co-operation,
which account for 98% of all diamond trade.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended Republic of the Congo for
ambitious economic reforms, a condition for helping the
country reduce its government debt, which per capita is
among the highest in the world. However, the IMF demanded
clearer accounts of the state oil company SNPC's business.