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Regional Information Regional Information: Africa: Central Africa

Central Africa is largely landlocked by the rest of the African continent except for the section of coastline that faces the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The northern region just touches the far south of the Sahara Desert and the east brushes shoulders with East Africa. Southern Africa lies far south. The main geographical feature of central Africa is the massive Congo River basin that forms the main water source of the region. Lakes Tanganyika, Albert, Edward and Kivu are situated in the far east of Central Africa.

The countries that make up Central Africa are Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe. The total landmass measures 5,243,364 sq km. The population of Central Africa stands at 99,503,690 with a population density of 15 people per sq km. The majority of the Central African nations were once French colonies and they still practice the French language. Central Africa is a land rich in natural minerals including large quantities of diamonds, copper, zinc and tin. Oil has only fairly recently been discovered and is a natural resource that is yet to be exploited to it's full potential.

The transport network of Central Africa is comprised of 200,240 km of road, 550 km of highways and 6167 km of railways. The French were responsible for setting up the railway hub of Central Africa.

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