Congo’s Pointe-Noire port struggling despite national economic growth
05 January 2020 | 3:36 pm
The port of Pointe-Noire has been a focal point of the Republic of Congo's economy for many years. However, a fall in oil prices since 2014 has caused a crisis for local businesses, as the port bore the brunt of the country's economic crisis. at the port of Pointe-Noire.
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