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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Economic Report

by 

Wali M. Osman

Publisher:

Honolulu: Bank of Hawaii and East-West Center

Publication Date: October 2003
Binding: paper
Pages: 23
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This report provides an analysis of the economic and financial forces influencing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the Western Pacific and the surrounding region. While industrial East Asia has largely recovered from the 1997-98 financial crisis, the prolonged Japanese economic stagnation and the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C., have had continued unfavorable effects on CNMI and the rest of the area. Earlier this year, the SARS epidemic and the Iraq war adversely affected travel which is among the area's major income sources. With travel in the Asian markets returning to normal levels toward the end of this year and early next year, the area's economies, including CNMI, should begin to improve over the next 18-24 months.

This 2003 edition of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Economic Report was written and produced under a regional research and study partnership between Bank of Hawaii and the East-West Center.