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FAST FACTS AFRICA: Cameroon

July 16, 2014 - 16:33 GMT Location: Johannesburg

KEYWORDS: Cameroon , Africa , economy , cobalt , nickel , bauxite , iron ore

Cameroon is on the coast of Central Africa bordering the Gulf of Guinea. Its key metal interests are cobalt, nickel, bauxite and iron ore.

The country covers an area of 475,442 sq km, and neighbours Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo. The population is estimated to be about 22.5 million, and French and English are the official languages, but French is more widely understood and spoken. Cameroon has manufacturing industries, which roughly account for one-third of its GDP. GDP growth forecast Cameroon's GDP growth is for the moment driven by agriculture, oil and gas exports. Its GDP is forecast to grow to the low 5% range in 2014 and 2015, according to the African Economic Outlook report, from 4.9% in 2013 and 4.4% in 2012. The country has an average inflation rate of about 2%...

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