Like the economies of many African nations, a large share of the Eritrean population (around 80%) are engaged in subsistence agriculture, although the sector produces only a small share of the country's total output.
Since the conclusion of the Ethiopian-Eritrea war in 2000, the Government has expanded use of military and party-owned businesses to complete their development agenda.
The Government has strictly controlled the use of foreign currency by limiting access and availability; however new regulations in 2013 have slightly relaxed these controls.
Coppy, potash, and gold production is likely to drive economic growth over the next few years, but military spending will continue to compete with development and investment plans.
Composition of GDP (2013)