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    Vanuatu Economy - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Economy - overview: The economy is based primarily on subsistence or small-scale agriculture, which provides a living for 65% of the population. Fishing, offshore financial services, and tourism, with about 50,000 visitors in 1997, are other mainstays of the economy. Mineral deposits are negligible; the country has no known petroleum deposits. A small light industry sector caters to the local market. Tax revenues come mainly from import duties. Economic development is hindered by dependence on relatively few commodity exports, vulnerability to natural disasters, and long distances from main markets and between constituent islands. A severe earthquake in November 1999 followed by a tsunami, caused extensive damage to the northern island of Pentecote and left thousands homeless. Another powerful earthquake in January 2002 caused extensive damage in the capital, Port-Vila, and surrounding areas, and also was followed by a tsunami. GDP growth rose less than 3% on average in the 1990s. In response to foreign concerns, the government has promised to tighten regulation of its offshore financial center. In mid-2002 the government stepped up efforts to boost tourism. Australia and New Zealand are the main suppliers of foreign aid.


      GDP: purchasing power parity - $563 million (2002 est.)


      GDP - real growth rate: -0.3% (2002 est.)


      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $2,900 (2002 est.)


      GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 26%
      industry: 12%
      services: 62% (2000 est.)


      Population below poverty line: NA%


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


      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3.2% (2001 est.)


      Labor force: NA


      Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 65%, services 30%, industry 5% (2000 est.)


      Unemployment rate: NA%


      Budget: revenues: $94.4 million
      expenditures: $99.8 million, including capital expenditures of $30.4 million (1996 est.)


      Industries: food and fish freezing, wood processing, meat canning


      Industrial production growth rate: 1% (1997 est.)


      Electricity - production: 43.46 million kWh (2001)


      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
      hydro: 0%
      other: 0% (2001)
      nuclear: 0%


      Electricity - consumption: 40.42 million kWh (2001)


      Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2001)


      Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2001)


      Oil - production: 0 bbl/day (2001 est.)


      Oil - consumption: 600 bbl/day (2001 est.)


      Oil - exports: NA (2001)


      Oil - imports: NA (2001)


      Agriculture - products: copra, coconuts, cocoa, coffee, taro, yams, coconuts, fruits, vegetables; fish, beef


      Exports: $22 million f.o.b. (2001)


      Exports - commodities: copra, beef, cocoa, timber, kava, coffee


      Exports - partners: Indonesia 34.8%, Japan 14.2%, Thailand 11.0%, Germany 3.0% (2001)


      Imports: $93 million c.i.f. (2001)


      Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, fuels


      Imports - partners: Japan 26.1%, Australia 16.9%, Singapore 14.5%, Germany 11.0% (2001)


      Debt - external: $68.6 million (2000 est.)


      Economic aid - recipient: $45.8 million (1995)


      Currency: vatu (VUV)


      Currency code: VUV


      Exchange rates: vatu per US dollar - 139.198 (2002), 145.312 (2001), 137.643 (2000), 129.075 (1999), 127.517 (1998)


      Fiscal year: calendar year


      NOTE: The information regarding Vanuatu on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Vanuatu Economy 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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