French Polynesia Economy

Is French Polynesia a rich country?

Since 1962, when France stationed military personnel in the region, French Polynesia has changed from a subsistence agricultural economy to one in which a high proportion of the work force is either employed by the military or supports the tourist industry. With the halt of French nuclear testing in 1996, the military contribution to the economy fell sharply.

After growing at an average yearly rate of 4.2% from 1997-2007, the economic and financial crisis in 2008 marked French Polynesia’s entry into recession. However, since 2014, French Polynesia has shown signs of recovery. Business turnover reached 1.8% year-on-year in September 2016, tourism increased 1.8% in 2015, and GDP grew 2.0% in 2015.

French Polynesia’s tourism-dominated service sector accounted for 85% of total value added for the economy in 2012. Tourism employs 17% of the workforce. Pearl farming is the second biggest industry, accounting for 54% of exports in 2015; however, the output has decreased to 12.5 tons – the lowest level since 2008. A small manufacturing sector predominantly processes commodities from French Polynesia’s primary sector - 8% of total economy in 2012 - including agriculture and fishing.

France has agreed to finance infrastructure, marine businesses, and cultural and ecological sites at roughly $80 million per year between 2015 and 2020. Japan, the US, and China are French Polynesia’s three largest trade partners.

French Polynesia Economy Data

What is the GDP of French Polynesia?

GDP - Gross Domestic Product (PPP) $7,150,000,000 (USD)
GDP - official exchange rate $7,150,000,000 (USD)
GDP - real growth rate 2.4%
GDP Per Capita $26,100.00 (USD)
GDP by Sector- agriculture 2.5%
GDP by Sector- Industry 13%
GDP by Sector- services 84.5%
GDP - composition, by end use household consumption: 55.6%

government consumption: 24.3%

investment in fixed capital: 21.2%

investment in inventories: 0.3%

exports of goods and services: 29.3%

imports of goods and services: -30.7%
Inflation Rate 1.1%
Labor Force 116,000
Labor Force By Occupation- agriculture 13%
Labor Force By Occupation- industry 19%
Labor Force By Occupation- services 68%
Unemployment Rate 11.7%
Fiscal Year calendar year
Annual Budget $865,000,000 (USD)
Budget Surplus or Deficit - percent of GDP 3.9%
Taxes and other revenues - percent of GDP 15.3%
Major Industries tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
Agriculture Products coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits; poultry, beef, dairy products, coffee
Currency Code Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)

Labor Force by Occupation- As reported by French Polynesia

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