The Samoan economy has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, agriculture and fishing. Agriculture employs roughly two-thirds of the country's labour force and furnishes 90% of exports, such as coconut cream, coconut oil, and copra.
The manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. One factory in the Foreign Trade Zone employs 3,000 people to make automobile electrical harnesses for an assembly plant in Australia.
Tourism is a rapidly expanding sector, accounting for 25% of GDP. The government has called for deregulation of the financial sector, encouragement of investment, and continued fiscal discipline, while at the same time protecting the environment.
Composition of GDP