The Republic of the Congo has experienced gradual economic recovery from the brief period of civil war in 1997, and is more advanced, and has a significantly higher GDP per capita, than some of its neighbors, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, the country still has high levels of debt, and has failed to achieve some of its targets for the Millennium Development Goals. On a positive note, economic growth reached 6% in 2014, which was double that of the previous year, and inflation is falling.
The petroleum and gas industry has for years been an important part of the economy in Brazzaville, and the Republic of the Congo was one of Africa’s main oil producers however, in recent years, production has fallen behind that of some other African nations. Mining and forestry are also essential to the Brazzaville economy, with manufacturing another important sector. Raw materials such as timber, wood and animal products usually arrive in Brazzaville via shipments along the Congo River. Processed goods are exported via the city of Pointe-Noire. Textiles, shoes, wood, paper and foodstuffs, such as sugar and flour, are some of the major goods produced in Brazzaville.
The government is actively promoting agriculture and fisheries, as the country currently imports the vast majority of its food, and there are goals to meet more of the population’s food requirements through domestic production.
Ecotourism is considered to be a sector with huge growth potential. As one of the more stable countries in central Africa, and with plentiful opportunities to see wildlife, the Republic of the Congo has much to offer the eco tourist. Since many tourists would arrive in the country at Brazzaville’s Maya Maya airport, the capital stands to benefit from increased tourist traffic, in addition to the increased employment opportunities available in the rural tourist destinations.
Many expats working in Brazzaville are employed in industries such as petroleum and natural gas, mining and telecommunications. There are also many foreign nationals working for NGOs in Brazzaville. The World Health Organization has opportunities for expats who wish to work in Brazzaville.
Some expats arrange work in Brazzaville through an internal transfer within the organization they are already working for. If you are looking independently for a position in the Republic of the Congo, you can find job vacancies advertised online, through recruitment sites such as Careers.org
Foreign nationals who want to work in the Republic of the Congo are required to have a work permit. Visas are not needed by all foreigners moving to Brazzaville; the requirement for a visa is determined by your country of origin. You should verify with the embassy in your home country whether you will require a visa to move to Brazzaville. You cannot obtain a visa on arrival in the Republic of the Congo, so if you do require a visa it is essential to apply for it in advance through the embassy in your home country. Foreign nationals are required to provide documented evidence of having a yellow fever vaccination in order to gain admission to the Republic of the Congo.