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    Western Sahara Economy - 2006

      Economy - overview:
      Western Sahara depends on pastoral nomadism, fishing, and phosphate mining as the principal sources of income for the population. The territory lacks sufficient rainfall for sustainable agricultural production, and most of the food for the urban population must be imported. All trade and other economic activities are controlled by the Moroccan Government. Moroccan energy interests in 2001 signed contracts to explore for oil off the coast of Western Sahara, which has angered the Polisario. Incomes and standards of living in Western Sahara are substantially below the Moroccan level.

      GDP (purchasing power parity):

      GDP (official exchange rate):

      GDP - real growth rate:

      GDP - per capita (PPP):

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: NA%
      industry: NA%
      services: 40%

      Labor force:

      Labor force - by occupation:
      agriculture: 50%
      industry and services: 50%

      Unemployment rate:

      Population below poverty line:

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

      Inflation rate (consumer prices):

      revenues: $NA
      expenditures: $NA

      Agriculture - products:
      fruits and vegetables (grown in the few oases); camels, sheep, goats (kept by nomads); fish

      phosphate mining, handicrafts

      Industrial production growth rate:

      Electricity - production:
      85 million kWh (2003)

      Electricity - consumption:
      83.7 million kWh (2003)

      Electricity - exports:
      0 kWh (2003)

      Electricity - imports:
      0 kWh (2003)

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

      Oil - consumption:
      1,750 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 - commodities:
      phosphates 62%

      Exports - partners:
      Morocco claims and administers Western Sahara, so trade partners are included in overall Moroccan accounts (2004)


      Imports - commodities:
      fuel for fishing fleet, foodstuffs

      Imports - partners:
      Morocco claims and administers Western Sahara, so trade partners are included in overall Moroccan accounts (2004)

      Debt - external:

      Economic aid - recipient:

      Currency (code):
      Moroccan dirham (MAD)

      Exchange rates:
      Moroccan dirhams per US dollar - 8.865 (2005), 8.868 (2004), 9.5744 (2003), 11.0206 (2002), 11.303 (2001)

      Fiscal year:
      calendar year

      NOTE: The information regarding Western Sahara 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 Western Sahara Economy 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Western Sahara Economy 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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