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  • Introduction :: Chad
  • Background field listing
    The Kanem Empire (c.700-1380) and its successor the Bornu Empire (1380s-1893) existed in Chad's southern Sahelian strip and focused on controlling the trans-Saharan trade routes that passed through the region. By 1920, France conquered the territory and incorporated it as part of French Equatorial Africa. Chad attained independence in 1960, but then endured three decades of civil warfare, as well as invasions by Libya, before peace was restored in 1990. The government eventually drafted a democratic constitution and held flawed presidential elections in 1996 and 2001. In 1998, a rebellion broke out in northern Chad, which has sporadically flared up despite several peace agreements between the government and insurgents. In June 2005, President Idriss DEBY held a referendum successfully removing constitutional term limits and won another controversial election in 2006. Sporadic rebel campaigns continued throughout 2006 and 2007. The capital experienced a significant insurrection in early 2008, but has had no significant rebel threats since then, in part due to Chad's 2010 rapprochement with Sudan, which previously used Chadian rebels as proxies. Nevertheless, a state of emergency continues to be in place in the Sila and Ouaddai regions bordering Sudan. In late 2015, the government imposed a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region following multiple attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram throughout the year; Boko Haram also launched several bombings in N'Djamena in mid-2015. A state of emergency is also emplaced in the western Tibesti region bordering Niger where rival ethnic groups are fighting. DEBY in 2016 was reelected to his fifth term in an election that was peaceful but flawed. A new constitution promulgated in 2018 allows DEBY to run for two additional consecutive terms of six years when his current term comes to an end in 2021. As of 2020, the country continued to face multiple challenges, including widespread poverty, an economy severely weakened by the drop in international oil prices, and insurgencies led by rebel militants in the north and Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin. In late 2019, the government was forced to declare a state of emergency in three eastern provinces for four months to stop a cycle of interethnic violence, and the army has suffered heavy losses to Islamic terror groups in the Lake Chad area. In March 2020, Boko Haram fighters attacked a Chadian military camp in the Lake Chad region, killing nearly 100 soldiers; it was the deadliest attack in the history of the Chadian military. (2019)
  • Geography :: Chad
  • Location field listing
    Central Africa, south of Libya
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    15 00 N, 19 00 E
    Map references field listing
    Area field listing
    total: 1.284 million sq km
    land: 1,259,200 sq km
    water: 24,800 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 22
    Area - comparative field listing
    almost nine times the size of New York state; slightly more than three times the size of California
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 6,406 km
    border countries (6): Cameroon 1116 km, Central African Republic 1556 km, Libya 1050 km, Niger 1196 km, Nigeria 85 km, Sudan 1403 km
    Coastline field listing
    0 km (landlocked)
    Maritime claims field listing
    none (landlocked)
    Climate field listing
    tropical in south, desert in north
    Terrain field listing
    broad, arid plains in center, desert in north, mountains in northwest, lowlands in south
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 543 m
    lowest point: Djourab 160 m
    highest point: Emi Koussi 3,445 m
    Natural resources field listing
    petroleum, uranium, natron, kaolin, fish (Lake Chad), gold, limestone, sand and gravel, salt
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 39.6% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 3.9% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 0% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 35.7% (2011 est.)
    forest: 9.1% (2011 est.)
    other: 51.3% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    300 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    the population is unevenly distributed due to contrasts in climate and physical geography; the highest density is found in the southwest, particularly around Lake Chad and points south; the dry Saharan zone to the north is the least densely populated as shown in this population distribution map
    Natural hazards field listing
    hot, dry, dusty harmattan winds occur in north; periodic droughts; locust plagues
    Environment - current issues field listing
    inadequate supplies of potable water; improper waste disposal in rural areas and poor farming practices contribute to soil and water pollution; desertification
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping
    Geography - note field listing

    note 1: Chad is the largest of Africa's 16 landlocked countries

    note 2: not long ago - geologically speaking - what is today the Sahara was green savannah teeming with wildlife; during the African Humid Period, roughly 11,000 to 5,000 years ago, a vibrant animal community, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, and antelope lived there; the last remnant of the "Green Sahara" exists in the Lakes of Ounianga (oo-nee-ahn-ga) in northern Chad, a series of 18 interconnected freshwater, saline, and hypersaline lakes now protected as a World Heritage site

    note 3: Lake Chad, the most significant water body in the Sahel, is a remnant of a former inland sea, paleolake Mega-Chad; at its greatest extent, sometime before 5000 B.C., Lake Mega-Chad was the largest of four Saharan paleolakes that existed during the African Humid Period; it covered an area of about 400,000 sq km (150,000 sq mi), roughly the size of today's Caspian Sea

  • People and Society :: Chad
  • Population field listing
    16,877,357 (July 2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 71
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Chadian(s)
    adjective: Chadian
    Ethnic groups field listing
    Sara (Ngambaye/Sara/Madjingaye/Mbaye) 30.5%, Kanembu/Bornu/Buduma 9.8%, Arab 9.7%, Wadai/Maba/Masalit/Mimi 7%, Gorane 5.8%, Masa/Musseye/Musgum 4.9%, Bulala/Medogo/Kuka 3.7%, Marba/Lele/Mesme 3.5%, Mundang 2.7%, Bidiyo/Migaama/Kenga/Dangleat 2.5%, Dadjo/Kibet/Muro 2.4%, Tupuri/Kera 2%, Gabri/Kabalaye/Nanchere/Somrai 2%, Fulani/Fulbe/Bodore 1.8%, Karo/Zime/Peve 1.3%, Baguirmi/Barma 1.2%, Zaghawa/Bideyat/Kobe 1.1%, Tama/Assongori/Mararit 1.1%, Mesmedje/Massalat/Kadjakse 0.8%, other Chadian ethnicities 3.4%, Chadians of foreign ethnicities 0.9%, foreign nationals 0.3%, unspecified 1.7% (2014-15 est.)
    Languages field listing
    French (official), Arabic (official), Sara (in south), more than 120 different languages and dialects
    Religions field listing
    Muslim 52.1%, Protestant 23.9%, Roman Catholic 20%, animist 0.3%, other Christian 0.2%, none 2.8%, unspecified 0.7% (2014-15 est.)
    Demographic profile field listing

    Despite the start of oil production in 2003, 40% of Chad’s population lives below the poverty line. The population will continue to grow rapidly because of the country’s very high fertility rate and large youth cohort – more than 65% of the populace is under the age of 25 – although the mortality rate is high and life expectancy is low. Chad has the world’s third highest maternal mortality rate. Among the primary risk factors are poverty, anemia, rural habitation, high fertility, poor education, and a lack of access to family planning and obstetric care. Impoverished, uneducated adolescents living in rural areas are most affected. To improve women’s reproductive health and reduce fertility, Chad will need to increase women’s educational attainment, job participation, and knowledge of and access to family planning. Only about a quarter of women are literate, less than 5% use contraceptives, and more than 40% undergo genital cutting.

    As of October 2017, more than 320,000 refugees from Sudan and more than 75,000 from the Central African Republic strain Chad’s limited resources and create tensions in host communities. Thousands of new refugees fled to Chad in 2013 to escape worsening violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. The large refugee populations are hesitant to return to their home countries because of continued instability. Chad was relatively stable in 2012 in comparison to other states in the region, but past fighting between government forces and opposition groups and inter-communal violence have left nearly 60,000 of its citizens displaced in the eastern part of the country.

    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 47.43% (male 4,050,505/female 3,954,413)
    15-24 years: 19.77% (male 1,676,495/female 1,660,417)
    25-54 years: 27.14% (male 2,208,181/female 2,371,490)
    55-64 years: 3.24% (male 239,634/female 306,477)
    65 years and over: 2.43% (male 176,658/female 233,087) (2020 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 96
    youth dependency ratio: 91.1
    elderly dependency ratio: 4.9
    potential support ratio: 20.4 (2020 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 16.1 years
    male: 15.6 years
    female: 16.5 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 224
    Population growth rate field listing
    3.18% (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 7
    Birth rate field listing
    41.7 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Death rate field listing
    10 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    Net migration rate field listing
    -0.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 102
    Population distribution field listing
    the population is unevenly distributed due to contrasts in climate and physical geography; the highest density is found in the southwest, particularly around Lake Chad and points south; the dry Saharan zone to the north is the least densely populated as shown in this population distribution map
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 23.5% of total population (2020)
    rate of urbanization: 3.88% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    1.423 million N'DJAMENA (capital) (2020)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 0.93 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.78 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.76 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
    Mother's mean age at first birth field listing
    17.9 years (2014/15 est.)

    note: median age at first birth among women 25-29

    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    1,140 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 2
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 68.6 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 74.5 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 62.5 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 5
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 58.3 years
    male: 56.5 years
    female: 60.1 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 221
    Total fertility rate field listing
    5.68 children born/woman (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 5
    Contraceptive prevalence rate field listing
    5.7% (2014/15)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 86.7% of population
    rural: 46.6% of population
    total: 55.7% of population
    unimproved: urban: 13.3% of population
    rural: 53.4% of population
    total: 44.3% of population (2017 est.)
    Current Health Expenditure field listing
    4.5% (2017)
    Physicians density field listing
    0.04 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 56.5% of population
    rural: 3.1% of population
    total: 15.3% of population
    unimproved: urban: 43.5% of population
    rural: 96.9% of population
    total: 84.7% of population (2017 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    1.3% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    120,000 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 39
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    3,100 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 35
    Major infectious diseases field listing
    degree of risk: very high (2020)
    food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever
    vectorborne diseases: malaria and dengue fever
    water contact diseases: schistosomiasis
    animal contact diseases: rabies
    respiratory diseases: meningococcal meningitis
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    6.1% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 170
    Children under the age of 5 years underweight field listing
    29.4% (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 11
    Education expenditures field listing
    2.9% of GDP (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 140
    Literacy field listing
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write French or Arabic
    total population: 22.3%
    male: 31.3%
    female: 14% (2016)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 8 years
    male: 9 years
    female: 6 years (2014)
  • Government :: Chad
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: Republic of Chad
    conventional short form: Chad
    local long form: Republique du Tchad/Jumhuriyat Tshad
    local short form: Tchad/Tshad
    etymology: named for Lake Chad, which lies along the country's western border; the word "tsade" means "large body of water" or "lake" in several local native languages
    note: the only country whose name is composed of a single syllable with a single vowel
    Government type field listing
    presidential republic
    Capital field listing
    name: N'Djamena
    geographic coordinates: 12 06 N, 15 02 E
    time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    etymology: name taken from the Arab name of a nearby village, Nijamina, meaning "place of rest" 
    Administrative divisions field listing
    23 regions (regions, singular - region); Barh-El-Gazel, Batha, Borkou, Chari-Baguirmi, Ennedi-Est, Ennedi-Ouest, Guera, Hadjer-Lamis, Kanem, Lac, Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mandoul, Mayo-Kebbi-Est, Mayo-Kebbi-Ouest, Moyen-Chari, N'Djamena, Ouaddai, Salamat, Sila, Tandjile, Tibesti, Wadi-Fira
    Independence field listing
    11 August 1960 (from France)
    National holiday field listing
    Independence Day, 11 August (1960)
    Constitution field listing
    history: several previous; latest approved 30 April 2018 by the National Assembly, entered into force 4 May 2018
    amendments: proposed as a revision by the president of the republic after a Council of Ministers (cabinet) decision or by the National Assembly; approval for consideration of a revision requires at least three-fifths majority vote by the Assembly; passage requires approval by referendum or at least two-thirds majority vote by the Assembly; amended 2005, 2013
    International law organization participation field listing
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: both parents must be citizens of Chad
    dual citizenship recognized: Chadian law does not address dual citizenship
    residency requirement for naturalization: 15 years
    Suffrage field listing
    18 years of age; universal
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: President Idriss DEBY Itno, Lt. Gen. (since 4 December 1990)
    head of government: President Idriss DEBY Itno, Lt. Gen. (since 4 December 1990); prime minister position eliminated under the 2018 constitution
    cabinet: Council of Ministers
    elections/appointments: president directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 5-year term (no term limits); election last held on 10 April 2016 (next to be held in April 2021)
    election results: Lt. Gen. Idriss DEBY Itno reelected president in first round; percent of vote - Lt. Gen. Idriss DEBY (MPS) 61.6%, Saleh KEBZABO (UNDR) 12.8%, Laokein Kourayo MEDAR (CTPD) 10.7%, Djimrangar DADNADJI (CAP-SUR) 5.1%, other 9.8%
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: unicameral National Assembly (188 seats; 163 directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote and 25 directly elected in single-seat constituencies by absolute majority vote with a second round if needed; members serve 4-year terms)
    elections: last held on 13 February and 6 May 2011 (next tentatively to be held Dec 2020)
    election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - MPS 117, UNDR 10, RDP 9, RNDT/Le Reveil 8, URD 8, Viva-RNDP 5, FAR 4, CTPD 2, PDSA 2, PUR 2, UDR 2, other 19; composition - men 164, women 24, percent of women 12.8%

    note: the National Assembly mandate was extended to 2020, reportedly due to a lack of funding for the scheduled 2015 election; the MPS has held a majority in the NA since 1997

    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice, 3 chamber presidents, and 12 judges or councilors and divided into 3 chambers); Constitutional Council (consists of 3 judges and 6 jurists)
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court chief justice selected by the president; councilors - 8 designated by the president and 7 by the speaker of the National Assembly; chief justice and councilors appointed for life; Constitutional Council judges - 2 appointed by the president and 1 by the speaker of the National Assembly; jurists - 3 each by the president and by the speaker of the National Assembly; judges appointed for 9-year terms
    subordinate courts: High Court of Justice; Courts of Appeal; tribunals; justices of the peace
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    Chadian Convention for Peace and Development or CTPD [Laoukein Kourayo MEDAR]
    Federation Action for the Republic or FAR [Ngarledjy YORONGAR]
    Framework of Popular Action for Solidarity and Unity of the Republic or CAP-SUR [Joseph Djimrangar DADNADJI]
    National Rally for Development and Progress or Viva-RNDP [Dr. Nouradine Delwa Kassire COUMAKOYE]
    National Union for Democracy and Renewal or UNDR [Saleh KEBZABO]
    Party for Liberty and Development or PLD [Ahmat ALHABO]
    Party for Unity and Reconciliation
    Patriotic Salvation Movement or MPS [Idriss DEBY]
    Rally for Democracy and Progress or RDP [Mahamat Allahou TAHER]RNDT/Le Reveil [Albert Pahimi PADACKE]
    Social Democratic Party for a Change-over of Power or PDSA [Malloum YOBODA]
    Union for Renewal and Democracy or URD [Felix Romadoumngar NIALBE]
    International organization participation field listing
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    Ambassador Ngote Gali KOUTOU (since 22 June 2018)
    chancery: 2401 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 652-1312
    FAX: [1] (202) 758-0431
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Thomas R. GENTON (since 16 August 2019)
    telephone: [235] 2251-5017
    embassy: Chagoua Round Point, BP 413, N'Djamena
    mailing address: B. P. 413, N'Djamena
    FAX: [235] 2253-9102
    Flag description field listing
    three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold, and red; the flag combines the blue and red French (former colonial) colors with the red and yellow (gold) of the Pan-African colors; blue symbolizes the sky, hope, and the south of the country, which is relatively well-watered; gold represents the sun, as well as the desert in the north of the country; red stands for progress, unity, and sacrifice

    note: almost identical to the flag of Romania but with a darker shade of blue; also similar to the flags of Andorra and Moldova, both of which have a national coat of arms centered in the yellow band; design based on the flag of France

    National symbol(s) field listing
    goat (north), lion (south); national colors: blue, yellow, red
    National anthem field listing
    name: "La Tchadienne" (The Chadian)
    lyrics/music: Louis GIDROL and his students/Paul VILLARD

    note: adopted 1960

  • Economy :: Chad
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Chad’s landlocked location results in high transportation costs for imported goods and dependence on neighboring countries. Oil and agriculture are mainstays of Chad’s economy. Oil provides about 60% of export revenues, while cotton, cattle, livestock, and gum arabic provide the bulk of Chad's non-oil export earnings. The services sector contributes less than one-third of GDP and has attracted foreign investment mostly through telecommunications and banking.

    Nearly all of Chad’s fuel is provided by one domestic refinery, and unanticipated shutdowns occasionally result in shortages. The country regulates the price of domestic fuel, providing an incentive for black market sales.

    Although high oil prices and strong local harvests supported the economy in the past, low oil prices now stress Chad’s fiscal position and have resulted in significant government cutbacks. Chad relies on foreign assistance and foreign capital for most of its public and private sector investment. Investment in Chad is difficult due to its limited infrastructure, lack of trained workers, extensive government bureaucracy, and corruption. Chad obtained a three-year extended credit facility from the IMF in 2014 and was granted debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative in April 2015.

    In 2018, economic policy will be driven by efforts that started in 2016 to reverse the recession and to repair damage to public finances and exports. The government is implementing an emergency action plan to counterbalance the drop in oil revenue and to diversify the economy. Chad’s national development plan (NDP) cost just over $9 billion with a financing gap of $6.7 billion. The NDP emphasized the importance of private sector participation in Chad’s development, as well as the need to improve the business environment, particularly in priority sectors such as mining and agriculture.

    The Government of Chad reached a deal with Glencore and four other banks on the restructuring of a $1.45 billion oil-backed loan in February 2018, after a long negotiation. The new terms include an extension of the maturity to 2030 from 2022, a two-year grace period on principal repayments, and a lower interest rate of the London Inter-bank Offer Rate (Libor) plus 2% - down from Libor plus 7.5%. The original Glencore loan was to be repaid with crude oil assets, however, Chad's oil sales were hit by the downturn in the price of oil. Chad had secured a $312 million credit from the IMF in June 2017, but release of those funds hinged on restructuring the Glencore debt. Chad had already cut public spending to try to meet the terms of the IMF program, but that prompted strikes and protests in a country where nearly 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. Multinational partners, such as the African Development Bank, the EU, and the World Bank are likely to continue budget support in 2018, but Chad will remain at high debt risk, given its dependence on oil revenue and pressure to spend on subsidies and security.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $28.62 billion (2017 est.)
    $29.55 billion (2016 est.)
    $31.58 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 134
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $9.872 billion (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    -3.1% (2017 est.)
    -6.4% (2016 est.)
    1.8% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 211
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $2,300 (2017 est.)
    $2,500 (2016 est.)
    $2,700 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 202
    Gross national saving field listing
    15.5% of GDP (2017 est.)
    7.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
    13.3% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 133
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 75.1% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 4.4% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 24.1% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 0.7% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 35.1% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -39.4% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 52.3% (2017 est.)
    industry: 14.7% (2017 est.)
    services: 33.1% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    cotton, sorghum, millet, peanuts, sesame, corn, rice, potatoes, onions, cassava (manioc, tapioca), cattle, sheep, goats, camels
    Industries field listing
    oil, cotton textiles, brewing, natron (sodium carbonate), soap, cigarettes, construction materials
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    -4% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 192
    Labor force field listing
    5.654 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 74
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 80%
    industry: 20% (2006 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing


    Population below poverty line field listing
    46.7% (2011 est.)
    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 2.6%
    highest 10%: 30.8% (2003)
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 1.337 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 1.481 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    13.5% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 206
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    -1.5% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    Public debt field listing
    52.5% of GDP (2017 est.)
    52.4% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 94
    Fiscal year field listing
    calendar year
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    -0.9% (2017 est.)
    -1.1% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 2
    Current account balance field listing
    -$558 million (2017 est.)
    -$926 million (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 121
    Exports field listing
    $2.464 billion (2017 est.)
    $2.187 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    Exports - partners field listing
    US 38.7%, China 16.6%, Netherlands 15.7%, UAE 12.2%, India 6.3% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    oil, livestock, cotton, sesame, gum arabic, shea butter
    Imports field listing
    $2.16 billion (2017 est.)
    $1.997 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 164
    Imports - commodities field listing
    machinery and transportation equipment, industrial goods, foodstuffs, textiles
    Imports - partners field listing
    China 19.9%, Cameroon 17.2%, France 17%, US 5.4%, India 4.9%, Senegal 4.5% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $22.9 million (31 December 2017 est.)
    $20.92 million (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 190
    Debt - external field listing
    $1.724 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $1.281 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 154
    Exchange rates field listing
    Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Centrale francs (XAF) per US dollar -
    605.3 (2017 est.)
    593.01 (2016 est.)
    593.01 (2015 est.)
    591.45 (2014 est.)
    494.42 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Chad
  • Electricity access field listing
    population without electricity: 14 million (2017)
    electrification - total population: 8.8% (2016)
    electrification - urban areas: 31.4% (2016)
    electrification - rural areas: 2.2% (2016)
    Electricity - production field listing
    224.3 million kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 190
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    208.6 million kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 192
    Electricity - exports field listing
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 120
    Electricity - imports field listing
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 134
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    48,200 kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 192
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    98% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 164
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    3% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 123
    Crude oil - production field listing
    132,000 bbl/day (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 40
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    70,440 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 109
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    1.5 billion bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 130
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    2,300 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 193
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 143
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    2,285 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 189
    Natural gas - production field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 106
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    0 cu m (1 January 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 122
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    342,200 Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 190
  • Communications :: Chad
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 9,036
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 193
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 6,984,130
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 44 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 108
    Telecommunication systems field listing
    general assessment: inadequate system of radio telephone communication stations with high maintenance costs and low telephone density; Chad remains one of the least developed on the African continent, telecom infrastructure is particularly low, with penetration rates in all sectors - fixed, mobile and Internet -well below African averages; low usage also due to 18% excise duty tax on telecom services and a negative impact on operator revenue (2020)
    domestic: fixed-line connections less than 1 per 100 persons, with mobile-cellular subscribership base of about 44 per 100 persons (2018)
    international: country code - 235; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
    note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated
    Broadcast media field listing
    1 state-owned TV station; 2 privately-owned TV stations; state-owned radio network, Radiodiffusion Nationale Tchadienne (RNT), operates national and regional stations; over 10 private radio stations; some stations rebroadcast programs from international broadcasters (2017)
    Internet country code field listing
    Internet users field listing
    total: 1,029,153
    percent of population: 6.5% (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 140
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 334
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 202
  • Military and Security :: Chad
  • Military and security forces field listing
    Chadian National Army (Armee Nationale du Tchad, ANT): Ground Forces (l'Armee de Terre, AdT), Chadian Air Force (l'Armee de l'Air Tchadienne, AAT), General Direction of the Security Services of State Institutions (Direction Generale des Services de Securite des Institutions de l'Etat, GDSSIE); National Gendarmerie; National Nomadic Guard of Chad (GNNT) (2019)
    note(s): the GDSSIE, formerly known as the Republican Guard, is the presidential guard force and considered an elite military unit; it is comprised of men from President DEBY's own Zaghawa ethnic group; the Chadian Army also includes the US-trained and equipped Special Anti-Terrorist Group (SATG)
    Military expenditures field listing
    2.2% of GDP (2019)
    2.3% of GDP (2018)
    2.2% of GDP (2017)
    1.8% of GDP (2016)
    2% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 42
    Military and security service personnel strengths field listing
    the Chadian National Army (ANT) has approximately 34,000 active personnel (29,000 Ground Forces; 300 Air Force; 4,500 General Direction of the Security Services of State Institutions); 5,000 National Gendarmerie; 3,500 National Nomadic Guard of Chad (2019 est.)
    Military equipment inventories and acquisitions field listing
    the ANT is mostly armed with older or second-hand equipment from Belgium, France, Russia, and the former Soviet Union; since 2010, the leading suppliers are China, Italy, and Ukraine; the US has also donated equipment (2019 est.)
    Military deployments field listing
    1,440 Mali (MINUSMA) (2020)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    20 is the legal minimum age for compulsory military service, with a 3-year service obligation; 18 is the legal minimum age for voluntary service; no minimum age restriction for volunteers with consent from a parent or guardian; women are subject to 1 year of compulsory military or civic service at age 21; while provisions for military service have not been repealed, they have never been fully implemented (2015)
    Military - note field listing
    the ANT is chiefly focused on counterinsurgency/counter-terrorist operations against Boko Haram (BH) and the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) in the Lake Chad Basin area (primarily the Lac Province) and countering the terrorist threat in the Sahel; in 2020, it conducted a large military operation against BH in the Lake Chad region; also in 2020, Chad sent troops to the tri-border area with Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger to combat ISWA militants

    Chad is part of a five-nation anti-jihadist task force known as the G5 Sahel Group, set up in 2014 with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger; Chad has committed 550 troops and 100 gendarmes to the force; in early 2020, G5 Sahel military chiefs of staff agreed to allow defense forces from each of the states to pursue terrorist fighters up to 100 km into neighboring countries; the G5 force is backed by the UN, US, and France; G5 troops periodically conduct joint operations with French forces deployed to the Sahel under Operation Barkhane; Chad hosts the headquarters of Operation Barkhane in N’Djamena

    Chad has committed approximately 1,000-1,500 troops to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram; national MNJTF troop contingents are deployed within their own territories, although cross‐border operations are conducted periodically; in 2019, Chad sent more than 1,000 troops to Nigeria’s Borno State to fight BH as part of the MNJTF mission (2020)
  • Transportation :: Chad
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 1 (2020)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 1
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 28,332 (2015)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: mt-km (2015)
    Airports field listing
    59 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 80
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 9 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 2 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 4 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2017)
    under 914 m: 1 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 50 (2013)
    over 3,047 m: 1 (2013)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 2 (2013)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 14 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 22 (2013)
    under 914 m: 11 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    582 km oil (2013)
    Roadways field listing
    total: 40,000 km (2018)

    note: consists of 25,000 km of national and regional roads and 15,000 km of local roads; 206 km of urban roads are paved

    country comparison to the world: 89
    Waterways field listing
    (Chari and Legone Rivers are navigable only in wet season) (2012)
  • Terrorism :: Chad
  • Terrorist groups - foreign based field listing
    Boko Haram: aim(s): establish an Islamic state under strict Sharia across northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region bordering Cameroon, Chad, and Niger
    area(s) of operation: most active in northeastern Nigeria (states of Yobe and Borno), but also operates in northern Cameroon, southeast Niger, and areas of Chad along the Nigerian border, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin; police also have arrested suspected Boko Haram members in Chad's capital, N'Djamena
    note: Boko Haram conducts attacks, suicide bombings, targeted killings, kidnappings, and raids for supplies against both civilians and security forces; violently opposes any political or social activity associated with Western society, including voting, attending secular schools, and wearing Western dress (2019)
    Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS)-West Africa: aim(s): implement ISIS's strict interpretation of Sharia; replace regional governments with an Islamic state
    area(s) of operation: based primarily in northeast Nigeria along the border with Niger and Chad, with its largest presence in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area (2018)
  • Transnational Issues :: Chad
  • Disputes - international field listing

    since 2003, ad hoc armed militia groups and the Sudanese military have driven hundreds of thousands of Darfur residents into Chad; Chad wishes to be a helpful mediator in resolving the Darfur conflict, and in 2010 established a joint border monitoring force with Sudan, which has helped to reduce cross-border banditry and violence; only Nigeria and Cameroon have heeded the Lake Chad Commission's admonition to ratify the delimitation treaty, which also includes the Chad-Niger and Niger-Nigeria boundaries

    Refugees and internally displaced persons field listing
    refugees (country of origin): 361,945 (Sudan), 94,906 (Central African Republic), 15,489 (Nigeria) (2020)
    IDPs: 236,426 (majority are in the east) (2020)