Kiribati: Economy

Growth in Kiribati is expected to moderate in 2016. The 2017 forecast is reduced by half a percentage point as major projects wrap up and the waning El Niño depresses fishing in its exclusive economic zone. Inflation is still expected to ease in 2016 before rising in 2017, but forecasts for both years are slightly increased in response to some upward pressure from higher fiscal spending and possibly more costly imports with a depreciating Australian dollar, which it uses as its currency. Kiribati’s current account is now expected to run a deficit in 2016, not the surplus projected earlier, as its trade deficit widens and net income transfers fall off with a projected decline in fishing license revenue. A narrower current account deficit is forecast for 2017 as the merchandise trade deficit eases with the end of imports of materials for projects. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update

Economic forecasts for Pacific countries

Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 4.2 4.0
Fiji 2.4 4.5
Kiribati 1.8 1.5
Marshall Islands 1.5 2.0
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.0 2.5
Nauru 3.0 15.0
Palau 2.0 5.0
Papua New Guinea 2.2 3.0
Samoa 5.0 2.0
Solomon Islands 2.7 2.5
Timor-Leste 5.0 5.5
Tonga 3.1 3.0
Tuvalu 3.0 3.0
Vanuatu 3.5 3.8
Average 2.7 3.5
Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 0.7 2.0
Fiji 3.5 3.0
Kiribati 0.7 2.0
Marshall Islands -1.3 1.0
Micronesia, Federated States of -0.3 1.5
Nauru 6.6 1.7
Palau 1.5 2.5
Papua New Guinea 6.5 7.5
Samoa 0.1 2.0
Solomon Islands 3.3 4.5
Timor-Leste 1.2 3.0
Tonga 2.0 1.9
Tuvalu 2.0 2.0
Vanuatu 1.9 2.4
Average 4.7 5.5
Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 37.3 41.3
Fiji -7.0 -1.2
Kiribati -7.0 2.6
Marshall Islands 10.0 8.9
Micronesia, Federated States of 3.8 2.0
Nauru ... ...
Palau -2.3 -1.3
Papua New Guinea 7.9 9.0
Samoa -3.9 -5.3
Solomon Islands -4.4 -6.1
Timor-Leste 36.1 10.2
Tonga -6.0 -7.6
Tuvalu -1.2 -18.7
Vanuatu -15.0 -13.5
Average 7.2 5.8

… = no data available.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update

 

 
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