(UNION OF THE COMOROS)

(WIPO code: KM) (latest review July 2021)

by CABINET ISIS CONSEILS, Mandataire OAPI, Yaoundé, Cameroon

General Information

Area

2,170 sq. km.

Population

864,335 (estimated July 2021).

Capital

Moroni.

Official languages

Arabic, Comorian, French.

Currency

K.M.F franc.

Main agricultural and natural products

Vanilla, ylang-ylang, jasmine, cassis, cloves, perfume essences, copra, coconuts, bananas, cassava (tapioca).

Main Mineral Products

Clay, sand, gravel, crushed stone.

Main exports

Vanilla, cloves, ylang-ylang, copra.

Tourist Industry

Beaches, underwater fishing, mountain scenery.

GNI

(per capita): U.S.$ 1,450 (estimated 2020).

General Remarks

Comoros was originally under Arab control until it became a French Protectorate in the 19th century and proclaimed as a French colony in 1912. The Comoros achieved self-government in 1961 and independence on July 6, 1975. Comoros has endured more than 20 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France.

The country’s economy is mainly based on agriculture (approximately 80%).