Fishing and subsistence agriculture are important sources of income and employment for most Samoans.
The government has concentrated on tourism and export-oriented manufacturing in its efforts to develop the economy. Tourism now contributes 17% of GDP, with 90,000 visitors arriving annually.
The government has also, with some success, sought to promote an offshore financial services industry. Further income comes from the remittances of Samoans working overseas - mostly in New Zealand and, to a lesser extent, in Australia; both these two countries also provide Samoa with a sizeable aid package.
The economy is now growing at 5.5% annually, with inflation at 3.3% in 2005.