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    Maldives Economy - 2003

      Economy - overview: Tourism, Maldives largest industry, accounts for 20% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts. Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes. Almost 400,000 tourists visited the islands in 1998. Fishing is a second leading sector. The Maldivian Government began an economic reform program in 1989 initially by lifting import quotas and opening some exports to the private sector. Subsequently, it has liberalized regulations to allow more foreign investment. Agriculture and manufacturing continue to play a lesser role in the economy, constrained by the limited availability of cultivable land and the shortage of domestic labor. Most staple foods must be imported. Industry, which consists mainly of garment production, boat building, and handicrafts, accounts for about 18% of GDP. Maldivian authorities worry about the impact of erosion and possible global warming on their low-lying country; 80% of the area is one meter or less above sea level.

      GDP: purchasing power parity - $1.25 billion (2002 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate: 2.3% (2002 est.)

      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $3,900 (2002 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 20%
      industry: 18%
      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): 1% (2002 est.)

      Labor force: 88,000 (2000)

      Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 22%, industry 18%, services 60% (1995)

      Unemployment rate: NEGL%

      Budget: revenues: $224 million (excluding foreign grants)
      expenditures: $282 million, including capital expenditures of $80 million (2002 est.)

      Industries: fish processing, tourism, shipping, boat building, coconut processing, garments, woven mats, rope, handicrafts, coral and sand mining

      Industrial production growth rate: 4.4% (1996 est.)

      Electricity - production: 117 million kWh (2001)

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

      Electricity - consumption: 108.8 million kWh (2001)

      Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2001)

      Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2001)

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

      Oil - consumption: 3,200 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - exports: NA (2001)

      Oil - imports: NA (2001)

      Agriculture - products: coconuts, corn, sweet potatoes; fish

      Exports: $110 million f.o.b. (2001 est.)

      Exports - commodities: fish, clothing

      Exports - partners: US, UK, Sri Lanka, Japan

      Imports: $395 million f.o.b. (2001 est.)

      Imports - commodities: consumer goods, intermediate and capital goods, petroleum products

      Imports - partners: Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Canada

      Debt - external: $281 million (2003 est.)

      Economic aid - recipient: $NA

      Currency: rufiyaa (MVR)

      Currency code: MVR

      Exchange rates: rufiyaa per US dollar - 12.8 (2002), 12.2421 (2001), 11.77 (2000), 11.77 (1999), 11.77 (1998)

      Fiscal year: calendar year

      NOTE: The information regarding Maldives 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 Maldives Economy 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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