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Fact Sheet - Niger

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Official Name

Republic of Niger.

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Capital

Niamey.

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Geographical location

Geographic coordinates: 13 31 N; 2 07 E; Located in mid-West Africa sharing land borders with Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria Libya and Chad.

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Area

12,67,000 sq. kms.

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Time

GMT + 1 hour (-4.1/2 hours IST)

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Climate

Sub-Saharan, Arid Tropical (hot, dry and dusty).

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Currency

CFA Franc (FCFA).

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Exchange rate

Euro 1 = CFA 656 (approximate).

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Population

19.24 million (July 2017 estimates) with growth rate of 3.19%.

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Religion

Over 80% are Muslims. Remainder indigenous beliefs and Christians.

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Ethnic groups

Hausa (53.1%), Zarma-Songhai (21.2%), Taureg (11%), Fulani (6.5%), Kanuri (5.9%), gurma (0.8%), Arab (0.4%), Toubou (0.4%), and Others (0.9%) – (2006 est).

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Languages

French, Hausa, Djerma and Tamashek are widely spoken languages.

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National Day

18 December.

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Other major towns

Agadez, Arlit, Diffa, Dosso, Konni, Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder.

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Form of Government/ Forthcoming election (if any)

Semi-Presidential form of Government. Next elections are due in Feb/Mar 2021.

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Major political parties

PNDS-Tarrayya (Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism);

MODEN-FA-Lumana (Nigerien Democartic Movement for an African Federation);

MNSD-Nassara (National Movement for a Developing Society);

MPR-Jamhuriya;

MNRD-Hankuri;

MPN-Kishin kassa;

ANDP-Zaman Lahiya;

RSD-Gaskia;

CDS-Rahama;

CPR-Ingantchi;

RDP-Jama’a;

AMEN-AMIN;

ARD; and

UDR-Tabbat.

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Head of State/Government (Constitutional term, since when)

Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger.

Constitutional term: 5 years.

Sworn in as President for the second term on 20.4.2016.

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Head of Government

Mr. Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister

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GDP

US$ 8.25 billion.

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GDP Real Growth Rate

5.2%.

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GDP Per Capita (PPP)

US$ 1,200 (2017 est).

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Principal natural resources (agricultural and mineral)

Uranium, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Gold, Diamond, Cowpeas, peanuts, millet, sorghum, onion, cassava, rice, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, donkeys, horses, poultry, etc.

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Total trade

Exports: US$ 1.177 billion;

Imports: US$ 2.194 billion (2017 est).

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Exports Partners

France (30%), Thailand (18%), Malaysia (9%), Nigeria (8%), Mali (5%), Switzerland (4%).

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Import Partners

France (28%), China (14%), Malaysia (5%), Nigeria (5%), Thailand (5%), India (4%).

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Membership of major multilateral and regional associations/ organisations

UN and its organisations, viz. FAO, IAEA, ICAO, IFAO, ILO, IMF, ITU, UNESCO, UPU, WBG, WIPO, WMO, UNWTO, UNHRC, WHO and UNHCR.

OIC (member of contact group on J&K). Telecom Union of Islamic States.

International Francophone Organisation.

International Migration Organisation (IMO).

Regional organizations viz. ECOWAS, WAEMU, AFDB, CEN-SAD, AU, Liptako-Gourmo Authority, G5 Sahel, Community of Sahel Saharan States, Lake Chad Basin countries, Conseil de L’Entente, Agencies for the Security of Air Navigation (ASECNA).

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4 September, 2018

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