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    Somalia Economy - 2005

      Economy - overview:
      Somalia's economic fortunes are driven by its deep political divisions. The northwestern area has declared its independence as the "Republic of Somaliland"; the northeastern region of Puntland is a semi-autonomous state; and the remaining southern portion is riddled with the struggles of rival factions. Economic life continues, in part because much activity is local and relatively easily protected. Agriculture is the most important sector, with livestock normally accounting for about 40% of GDP and about 65% of export earnings, but Saudi Arabia's recent ban on Somali livestock, because of Rift Valley Fever concerns, has severely hampered the sector. Nomads and semi-nomads, who are dependent upon livestock for their livelihood, make up a large portion of the population. Livestock, hides, fish, charcoal, and bananas are Somalia's principal exports, while sugar, sorghum, corn, qat, and machined goods are the principal imports. Somalia's small industrial sector, based on the processing of agricultural products, has largely been looted and sold as scrap metal. Despite the seeming anarchy, Somalia's service sector has managed to survive and grow. Telecommunication firms provide wireless services in most major cities and offer the lowest international call rates on the continent. In the absence of a formal banking sector, money exchange services have sprouted throughout the country, handling between $500 million and $1 billion in remittances annually. Mogadishu's main market offers a variety of goods from food to the newest electronic gadgets. Hotels continue to operate, and militias provide security. The ongoing civil disturbances and clan rivalries, however, have interfered with any broad-based economic development and international aid arrangements. In 2004 Somalia's overdue financial obligations to the IMF continued to grow. Statistics on Somalia's GDP, growth, per capita income, and inflation should be viewed skeptically. In late December 2004, a major tsunami took an estimated 150 lives and caused destruction of properity in coastal areas.

      purchasing power parity - $4.597 billion (2004 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate:
      2.8% (2004 est.)

      GDP - per capita:
      purchasing power parity - $600 (2004 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 65%
      industry: 10%
      services: 25% (2000 est.)

      Labor force:
      3.7 million (very few are skilled laborers)

      Labor force - by occupation:
      agriculture (mostly pastoral nomadism) 71%, industry and services 29%

      Unemployment rate:

      Population below poverty line:

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

      Inflation rate (consumer prices):
      note - businesses print their own money, so inflation rates cannot be sensibly determined (2004 est.)

      revenues: NA
      expenditures: NA, including capital expenditures of NA

      Agriculture - products:
      cattle, sheep, goats; bananas, sorghum, corn, coconuts, rice, sugarcane, mangoes, sesame seeds, beans; fish

      a few light industries, including sugar refining, textiles, wireless communication

      Industrial production growth rate:

      Electricity - production:
      240.3 million kWh (2002)

      Electricity - consumption:
      223.5 million kWh (2002)

      Electricity - exports:
      0 kWh (2002)

      Electricity - imports:
      0 kWh (2002)

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

      Oil - consumption:
      4,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - exports:

      Oil - imports:

      Oil - proved reserves:
      0 bbl (1 January 2002)

      Natural gas - proved reserves:
      2.832 billion cu m (1 January 2002)

      $79 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)

      Exports - commodities:
      livestock, bananas, hides, fish, charcoal, scrap metal

      Exports - partners:
      Thailand 31.3%, UAE 22.8%, Yemen 14.9%, India 8.5%, Oman 5.4%, China 4.1% (2004)

      $344 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)

      Imports - commodities:
      manufactures, petroleum products, foodstuffs, construction materials, qat

      Imports - partners:
      Djibouti 28.8%, Kenya 13.1%, India 9.3%, Brazil 5.4%, Oman 5.2%, UAE 5.1% (2004)

      Debt - external:
      $3 billion (2001 est.)

      Economic aid - recipient:
      $60 million (1999 est.)

      Currency (code):
      Somali shilling (SOS)

      Exchange rates:
      Somali shillings per US dollar - 11,000 (November 2000), 2,620 (January 1999), 7,500 (November 1997 est.), 7,000 (January 1996 est.), 5,000 (1 January 1995)
      note: the Republic of Somaliland, a self-declared independent country not recognized by any foreign government, issues its own currency, the Somaliland shilling

      Fiscal year:

      NOTE: The information regarding Somalia on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Somalia Economy 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Somalia Economy 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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