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Chad, part of France's African holdings until 1960, endured three decades of ethnic warfare as well as invasions by Libya before a semblance of peace was finally restored in 1990. The government eventually suppressed or came to terms with most political-military groups, settled a territorial dispute with Libya on terms favorable to Chad, drafted a democratic constitution, and held multiparty presidential and National Assembly elections in 1996 and 1997 respectively. In 1998 a new rebellion broke out in northern Chad, which continued to escalate throughout 2000. A peace agreement, signed in January 2002 between the government and the rebels, provides for the demobilization of the rebels and their reintegration into the political system. Despite movement toward democratic reform, power remains in the hands of a northern ethnic oligarchy.

Chad's primarily agricultural economy will be boosted by major oilfield and pipeline projects that began in 2000. Over 80% of Chad's population relies on subsistence farming and stock raising for their livelihood. Cotton, cattle, and gum arabic provide the bulk of Chad's export earnings, but Chad will begin to export oil in 2004. Chad's economy has long been handicapped by its land-locked position, high energy costs, and a history of instability. Chad relies on foreign assistance and foreign capital for most public and private sector investment projects. A consortium led by two US companies is investing $3.7 billion to develop oil reserves estimated at 1 billion barrels in southern Chad.

Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 21* - Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Mar 25~ - Easter Monday
Apr 13 - National Day
May 1 - Labour Day
May 25 - Liberation of Africa (anniversary of the OAU's foundation)
Aug 11 - Independence Day
Nov 1 - All Saints' Day
Nov 14-16* - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Nov 28 - Proclamation of the Republic
Dec 1 - Day of Liberty and Democracy
Dec 25 - Christmas Day

Ps: Muslim festivals(*) are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. Besides, the festival's date(~) is also subject to change in every year.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 235


Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of Chad
This website indicates a wide range of detail information about Chad by introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues.

About Chad
There is available to find out Chad's general outlook on the issues of its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation, government, duty free, health and so forth.

Business Directory - Chad
Wow-directory creates cross-referenced categories in business opportunities for Chad as business to business, classifieds, cooperatives, directories, organizations & trade.

Snapshot of Business Environment - Chad
World Bank figures out the tables which provide a snapshot of the business climate in Chad by identifying specific regulations and policies that encourage or discourage investment, productivity, and growth.

OPIC Links - Investor's Information Gateway for Chad
There is available country database information links which are efficient for the new investors planned to do business in Chad including the contact lists of the institutions, organization related to Chad's business.

Business Opportunities - Chad
This website supplies cross-referenced categories in business opportunities of Chad under by affiliate programs, communication, franchises and MLM & network marketing.

Chad Country Commercial Guide
The country commercial report is prepared annually that basically offers a comprehensive outlook at Chad's commercial environments by using economic, political, and market analysis.

Chad Trade & Commerce
In this website, it is available to find out comprehensive information about Chad's trade & commercial environment.

US Commercial Service - Chad
US Commercial Service represents a wide range of commercial analysis about Chad's business environment in order to provide services for the investors seeking business and investment opportunities in Chad.

UK Trade & Investment - Chad
UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that supports both UK companies trading internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK.

Trade Information

Embassy Listings For Chad
There are listed the embassies of the republic of Chad including the embassies' contact information.

Chad Government Online
It displays the structure of Chad government by looking at its political units, branches, ministries and so forth in details.

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