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Central African Gambling Laws

By Reno Rollins

Gambling appears to be legal in the Central African Republic, although solid information has been difficult to come by. I did find a 2006 government document which stated that a special tax would be imposed on gambling, so thatís what Iím going by. A tax on gambling suggests some form of state regulation, and therefore state sanction.

We can, however, be certain that there are no casinos currently in operation within the country. With rampant poverty, violence and a high HIV rate, most casinos owners (or casino players, for that matter) arenít clamoring to visit the Central African Republic.

Facts About the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Cameroon, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo. One of the poorest countries in Africa, the Central African Republic also ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world.

As of this writing, the country was under the rule of Francois Bozize. After leading a successful coup, he formed a new constitution and even held elections, allowing the man he ousted from office to run against him. Bozize won the election in a run-off. However, violence remains a problem, as government forces and rebels continue to battle. In certain parts of the country, it is reported that government troops have executed any male suspected of cooperating with the rebels.

In size, it is smaller than the U.S. state of Texas and comparable to Ukraine. It is divided into 14 administrative prefectures. They are:

- Bamingui-Bangoran
- Basse-Kotto
- Haute-Kotto
- Haut-Mbomou
- Kemo
- Lobave
- Mambere-Kadei
- Mbomou
- Nana-Mambere
- Ombella-MíPoko
- Ouaka
- Ouham
- Ouham-Pende
- Vakaga

The Central African Republic is heavily dependent on foreign aid. While the country has enough crops to remain self-sufficient, most residents just barely survive. Livestock are also constantly threatened by the tsetse fly. In 2006, over 50,000 citizens were saved from starvation by United Nations relief workers. This was due to ongoing violence in the northwest part of the country.

Most of the countryís economy relies on the sale of crops such as plantains, sesame, millet, sorghum, maize, peanuts and cassava. The per capita income is estimated to be $300 a year, but this does not take into account the unregistered sales of items such as diamonds, ivory and traditional medicine.

The biggest export in the country are diamonds. They make up 40 to 55% of export revenues, and those are just the ones reported. It is estimated that 30 to 50% of diamonds leave the country without going through the proper channels.

According to the United Nations, 11% of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are HIV positive.

Over 80 ethnic groups are present in the country. Some of the most predominant include: Bava, Banda, Mandjia, Sara, Mboum, Yakoma.

Indigenous beliefs make up the largest religious segment in the Central African Republic, while Protestants, Catholics and Muslims can also be found.

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