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    Samoa Economy - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/samoa/samoa_economy.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Economy - overview:
      The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, agriculture, and fishing. The country is vulnerable to devastating storms. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labor force, and furnishes 90% of exports, featuring coconut cream, coconut oil, and copra. The manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. The decline of fish stocks in the area is a continuing problem. Tourism is an expanding sector, accounting for 25% of GDP; about 88,000 tourists visited the islands in 2001. One factory in the Foreign Trade Zone employs 3,000 people to make automobile electrical harnesses for an assembly plant in Australia. The Samoan Government has called for deregulation of the financial sector, encouragement of investment, and continued fiscal discipline, while at the same time protecting the environment. Observers point to the flexibility of the labor market as a basic strength for future economic advances. Foreign reserves are in a relatively healthy state, the external debt is stable, and inflation is low.

      GDP (purchasing power parity):
      $1 billion (2002 est.)

      GDP (official exchange rate):
      NA

      GDP - real growth rate:
      5% (2002 est.)

      GDP - per capita (PPP):
      $5,600 (2002 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 14%
      industry: 23%
      services: 63% (2001 est.)

      Labor force:
      90,000 (2000 est.)

      Labor force - by occupation:
      agriculture: NA%
      industry: NA%
      services: NA%

      Unemployment rate:
      NA%

      Population below poverty line:
      NA%

      Household income or consumption by percentage share:
      lowest 10%: NA%
      highest 10%: NA%

      Inflation rate (consumer prices):
      4% (2001 est.)

      Budget:
      revenues: $105 million
      expenditures: $119 million; including capital expenditures of $NA (2001-02)

      Agriculture - products:
      coconuts, bananas, taro, yams, coffee, cocoa

      Industries:
      food processing, building materials, auto parts

      Industrial production growth rate:
      2.8% (2000)

      Electricity - production:
      116 million kWh (2003)

      Electricity - consumption:
      107.9 million kWh (2003)

      Electricity - exports:
      0 kWh (2003)

      Electricity - imports:
      0 kWh (2003)

      Oil - production:
      0 bbl/day (2003 est.)

      Oil - consumption:
      1,000 bbl/day (2003 est.)

      Oil - exports:
      NA bbl/day

      Oil - imports:
      NA bbl/day

      Natural gas - production:
      0 cu m (2003 est.)

      Natural gas - consumption:
      0 cu m (2003 est.)

      Exports:
      $94 million f.o.b. (2004 est.)

      Exports - commodities:
      fish, coconut oil and cream, copra, taro, automotive parts, garments, beer

      Exports - partners:
      Australia 65.7%, US 5.6%, Indonesia 5.2% (2004)

      Imports:
      $285 million f.o.b. (2004 est.)

      Imports - commodities:
      machinery and equipment, industrial supplies, foodstuffs

      Imports - partners:
      NZ 24.8%, Fiji 21.3%, Taiwan 9%, Australia 8.8%, Singapore 8.4%, Japan 7.5%, US 4.6% (2004)

      Debt - external:
      $197 million (2000)

      Economic aid - recipient:
      $42.9 million (1995)

      Currency (code):
      tala (SAT)

      Exchange rates:
      tala per US dollar - 2.7103 (2005), 2.7807 (2004), 2.9732 (2003), 3.3763 (2002), 3.478 (2001)

      Fiscal year:
      June 1 - May 31


      NOTE: The information regarding Samoa on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Samoa Economy 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Economy 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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