We’re continuing a fascinating project across sub-Saharan Africa on science and medical research. In reviewing the report from our researcher in Equatorial Guinea, I was amazed to discover that Equatorial Guinea has the highest per capita GDP of any country in Africa.


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Population estimates for Equatorial Guinea vary considerably from 700,000 (the CIA World Factbook) to 736,000 (The World Bank – 2012) to a government estimate of 1.62 million. Per capita GDP figures also, of course, but using the PPP method, the World Bank puts it at about US$30,000. However, high wealth disparities mean that there is still substantial poverty in the country — the World Bank estimates that 77 percent of the population lives below the poverty level.

Equatorial Guinea is the third largest producer of crude oil in sub-Saharan Africa with 400,000 a 600,000 barrels/day and is a liquid natural gas producer too. Several major US multinationals operate in the country.