Congo falls into the category of very poor countries, despite its natural wealth. With the return to peace, Congo has made a fresh start towards reconstruction. Science and technology have an important role to play in the country’s socio-economic recovery.
A post-conflict country, Congo is characterized by a relatively small population of about 3.8 million. Much of the labour force is employed in traditional agriculture. The country has a vast territory that abounds in tapped and untapped resources.
It also benefits from an extensive scientific infrastructure and traditions which are a legacy from the past but which have suffered great destruction. There are enormous opportunities for research but scientists remain deeply isolated from the wider international community.
Within the ongoing science policy project, a General Report was prepared in 2004 on the state of S&T in Congo.