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Tuvalu Economy 2008

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Economy - overview:
Tuvalu consists of a densely populated, scattered group of nine coral atolls with poor soil. The country has no known mineral resources and few exports. Subsistence farming and fishing are the primary economic activities. Fewer than 1,000 tourists, on average, visit Tuvalu annually. Government revenues largely come from the sale of stamps and coins and remittances from seamen on merchant ships abroad. Substantial income is received annually from an international trust fund established in 1987 by Australia, NZ, and the UK and supported also by Japan and South Korea. Thanks to wise investments and conservative withdrawals, this fund grew from an initial $17 million to over $35 million in 1999. The US Government is also a major revenue source for Tuvalu because of payments from a 1988 treaty on fisheries. In an effort to reduce its dependence on foreign aid, the government is pursuing public sector reforms, including privatization of some government functions and personnel cuts of up to 7%. Tuvalu derives around $1.5 million per year from the lease of its ".tv" Internet domain name. With merchandise exports only a fraction of merchandise imports, continued reliance must be placed on fishing and telecommunications license fees, remittances from overseas workers, official transfers, and income from overseas investments.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$14.94 million (2002 est.)

GDP (official exchange rate):
$14.94 million (2002)

GDP - real growth rate:
1.2% (2002 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):
$1,600 (2002 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 16.6%
industry: 27.2%
services: 56.2% (2002)

Labor force:
3,615 (2004 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:
note: people make a living mainly through exploitation of the sea, reefs, and atolls and from wages sent home by those abroad (mostly workers in the phosphate industry and sailors)

Unemployment rate:

Population below poverty line:

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

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
3.9% (2005 est.)

revenues: $22.78 million
expenditures: $14.23 million (2002)

Agriculture - products:
coconuts; fish

fishing, tourism, copra

Industrial production growth rate:

Current account balance:
$2.323 million (1998)

$1 million f.o.b. (2004 est.)

Exports - commodities:
copra, fish

Exports - partners:
Germany 60.5%, Italy 20.1%, Fiji 6.9% (2006)

$9.186 million c.i.f. (2004 est.)

Imports - partners:
Fiji 46.1%, Japan 18.9%, China 18.2%, Australia 7.7%, NZ 4.1% (2006)

Economic aid - recipient:
$13 million; note - major donors are Australia, Japan, and the US (1999 est.)

Debt - external:

Currency (code):
Australian dollar (AUD); note - there is also a Tuvaluan dollar

Exchange rates:
Tuvaluan dollars or Australian dollars per US dollar - 1.2137 (2007), 1.3285 (2006), 1.3095 (2005), 1.3598 (2004), 1.5419 (2003)

Fiscal year:
calendar year

NOTE: The information regarding Tuvalu on this page is re-published from the 2008 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Tuvalu Economy 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tuvalu Economy 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.

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