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Economic

Coconut

Coconut is the most abundant plant in Kiribati

Agriculture

Most of the working population is involved in subsistence agriculture. Agricultural production is constrained by inherently poor soil conditions, lack of surface water sources, land tenure and the geographical scattered nature of the islands.
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Small Stores

Bubuti makes it difficult to begin as small business

Bubuti

Bubuti occurs when an extended family member in need makes a "non-refusable request" to another family member who has to comply. Non-compliant family members would be shamed and ostracised as they were said to lack compassion. Bubuti can act as a tax on working people and reduce their willingness to invest in business and has damaged economic growth.
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Churches

Church income is utilized to build and maintain elaborate buildings

Cash

A cash economy is increasingly replacing the traditional subsistence lifestyle. Education and the church are the two main areas of expenditure.
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Newspaper and Radio Station

Kiribati Newstar newspaper and FM89 radio station are located in this building

Communication

Kiribati covers a vast distance. The large distances between the islands means that many people have little access to electronic communications. Kiribati does not have access to a submarine fibre optical cable so must rely on satellite for telecommunication and internet. This increases the cost of communication.
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Small Stores

Shops are small and often scattered along the roadside

Economy

Kiribati is one of the poorest and most remote microstates in the Pacific. Economic activity in Kiribati is constrained by isolation, limited natural resources and a fragile environment. A large proportion of the population are unemployed.
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Energy

 

Energy

Kiribati relies on imported fuels for electricity generation, transport and cooking. Electricity from the grid serves about half of the households in Kiribati. Solar PV is an important source of energy in outer islands.
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Remote

Kiribati is a long distance from the rest of the world

Geographic

Kiribati is significantly disadvantaged by distance from global markets. This is exacerbated by the dispersion of its many islands.
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Roads

The roads are full of potholes

Infrastructure

Overall infrastructure in Kiribati is quite rudimentary. The physical infrastructure necessary for economic development - electricity, transport (roads, ports and airports), water supply and sanitation is weak in Kiribati.
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Remote

Kiribati is spread over a wide area

Land Ownership

Gaining access to land is one of the major constraints for economic development in Kiribati.
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Tourism

 

Tourism

Currently, tourism is nearly non-existent in Kiribati. Air transportation presents a major constraint for tourism development as Kiribati is not located on major air routes.
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Minivan

A constant stream of minivans service South Tarawa from Betio to Buota (the end of the road)

Transportation

Given the geographical dispersion and isolation of Kiribati, transportation is very important for the people and government. However, running and sustaining a transportation system in Kiribati is very expensive.
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