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    Dominica Economy 2000

      Economy - overview: The economy depends on agriculture and is highly vulnerable to climatic conditions, notably tropical storms. Agriculture, primarily bananas, accounts for 21% of GDP and employs 40% of the labor force. Development of the tourist industry remains difficult because of the rugged coastline, lack of beaches, and the lack of an international airport. Hurricane Luis devastated the country's banana crop in September 1995; tropical storms had wiped out one-quarter of the crop in 1994 as well. The economy's recovery continued in 1998, fueled by increases in construction, soap production, and tourist arrivals. The government is attempting to develop an offshore financial industry in order to diversify the island's production base.

      GDP: purchasing power parity - $225 million (1998 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate: 2% (1998 est.)

      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $3,400 (1998 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 21%
      industry: 16%
      services: 63% (1999 est.)

      Population below poverty line: NA%

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

      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 1.1% (1998)

      Labor force: 25,000

      Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 40%, industry and commerce 32%, services 28%

      Unemployment rate: 20% (1999 est.)

      Budget:
      revenues: $72 million
      expenditures: $79.9 million, including capital expenditures of $11.5 million (FY97/98)

      Industries: soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes

      Industrial production growth rate: -10% (1997 est.)

      Electricity - production: 40 million kWh (1998)

      Electricity - production by source:
      fossil fuel: 50%
      hydro: 50%
      nuclear: 0%
      other: 0% (1998)

      Electricity - consumption: 37 million kWh (1998)

      Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (1998)

      Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (1998)

      Agriculture - products: bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited

      Exports: $60.8 million (1998)

      Exports - commodities: bananas 50%, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges

      Exports - partners: Caricom countries 47%, UK 36%, US 7% (1996 est.)

      Imports: $120.4 million (1998)

      Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, machinery and equipment, food, chemicals

      Imports - partners: US 41%, Caricom countries 25%, UK 13%, Netherlands, Canada (1996 est.)

      Debt - external: $90 million (1998 est.)

      Economic aid - recipient: $24.4 million (1995)

      Currency: 1 East Caribbean dollar (EC$) = 100 cents

      Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars (EC$) per US$1 - 2.7000 (fixed rate since 1976)

      Fiscal year: 1 July - 30 June

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