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Western Sahara Economy 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Western Sahara Economy 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Economy - overview:
Western Sahara has a small market-based economy whose main industries are fishing, phosphate mining, and pastoral nomadism. The territory's arid desert climate makes sedentary agriculture difficult, and Western Sahara imports much of its food. The Moroccan Government administers Western Sahara's economy and is a key source of employment, infrastructure development, and social spending in the territory.Western Sahara's unresolved legal status makes the exploitation of its natural resources a contentious issue between Morocco and the Polisario. Morocco and the EU in December 2013 finalized a four-year agreement allowing European vessels to fish off the coast of Morocco, including disputed waters off the coast of Western Sahara.Oil has never been found in Western Sahara in commercially significant quantities, but Morocco and the Polisario have quarreled over who has the right to authorize and benefit from oil exploration in the territory. Western Sahara's main long-term economic challenge is the development of a more diverse set of industries capable of providing greater employment and income to the territory. However, following King MOHAMMED VI’s November 2015 visit to Western Sahara, the Government of Morocco announced a series of investments aimed at spurring economic activity in the region, while the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises announced a $609 million investment initiative in the region in March 2015.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$906.5 million (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 205

GDP (official exchange rate):
$NA
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GDP - real growth rate:
NA%
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GDP - per capita:
$2,500 (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 198

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
agriculture: NA%
[see also: GDP - composition, by sector of origin - agriculture country ranks ]
industry: NA%
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services: 40% (2007 est.)
[see also: GDP - composition, by sector of origin - services country ranks ]

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

Industries:
phosphate mining, handicrafts

Industrial production growth rate:
NA%
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Labor force:
144,000 (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 178
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Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture: 50%
[see also: Labor force - by occupation - agriculture country ranks ]
industry and services: 50% (2005 est.)

Unemployment rate:
NA%
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Population below poverty line:
NA%
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Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: NA%
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highest 10%: NA%

Budget:
revenues: $NA
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expenditures: $NA
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Taxes and other revenues:
NA%
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Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
NA%
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Fiscal year:
calendar year

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
NA%
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Exports:
$NA
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Exports - commodities:
phosphates 62% (2012 est.)

Imports:
$NA
[see also: Imports country ranks ]

Imports - commodities:
fuel for fishing fleet, foodstuffs

Debt - external:
$NA
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Exchange rates:
Moroccan dirhams (MAD) per US dollar - 9.639 (2017) 9.7351 (2016) 9.7351 (2015) 9.7351 (2014 est.) 8.3798 (2013 est.)

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Western Sahara on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Western Sahara Economy 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Western Sahara Economy 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) The assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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