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    Kyrgyzstan Economy 2000

      Economy - overview: Kyrgyzstan is a small, poor, mountainous country with a predominantly agricultural economy. Cotton, wool, and meat are the main agricultural products and exports. Industrial exports include gold, mercury, uranium, and electricity. Kyrgyzstan has been one of the most progressive countries of the former Soviet Union in carrying out market reforms. Following a successful stabilization program, which lowered inflation from 88% in 1994 to 15% for 1997, attention is turning toward stimulating growth. Much of the government's stock in enterprises has been sold. Drops in production had been severe since the breakup of the Soviet Union in December 1991, but by mid-1995 production began to recover and exports began to increase. Pensioners, unemployed workers, and government workers with salary arrears continue to suffer. Foreign assistance played a substantial role in the country's economic turnaround in 1996-97. The government has adopted a series of measures to combat such severe problems as excessive external debt, inflation, inadequate revenue collection, and the spillover from Russia's economic disorders. Kyrgyzstan had moderate growth in 1999 of 3.4% with a similar rate expected for 2000.

      GDP: purchasing power parity - $10.3 billion (1999 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate: 3.4% (1999 est.)

      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $2,300 (1999 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 45%
      industry: 20%
      services: 35% (1999 est.)

      Population below poverty line: 40% (1993 est.)

      Household income or consumption by percentage share:
      lowest 10%: 2.7%
      highest 10%: 26.2% (1993)

      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 37% (1999 est.)

      Labor force: 1.7 million

      Labor force - by occupation: agriculture and forestry 55%, industry 15%, services 30% (1999 est.)

      Unemployment rate: 6% (1998 est.)

      Budget:
      revenues: $225 million
      expenditures: $308 million, including capital expenditures of $11 million (1996 est.)

      Industries: small machinery, textiles, food processing, cement, shoes, sawn logs, refrigerators, furniture, electric motors, gold, rare earth metals

      Industrial production growth rate: -3.4% (1999 est.)

      Electricity - production: 12.206 billion kWh (1998)

      Electricity - production by source:
      fossil fuel: 10.78%
      hydro: 89.22%
      nuclear: 0%
      other: 0% (1998)

      Electricity - consumption: 11.102 billion kWh (1998)

      Electricity - exports: 1.1 billion kWh (1998)

      Electricity - imports: 850 million kWh (1998)

      Agriculture - products: tobacco, cotton, potatoes, vegetables, grapes, fruits and berries; sheep, goats, cattle, wool

      Exports: $515 million (1999 est.)

      Exports - commodities: cotton, wool, meat, tobacco; gold, mercury, uranium, hydropower; machinery; shoes

      Exports - partners: Germany 37%, Kazakhstan 17%, Russia 16%, Uzbekistan 8%, China 3% (1998)

      Imports: $590 million (1999 est.)

      Imports - commodities: oil and gas, machinery and equipment, foodstuffs

      Imports - partners: Russia 24%, Uzbekistan 14%, Kazakhstan 9%, Germany 6%, China 5% (1998)

      Debt - external: $1.1 billion (1999 est.)

      Economic aid - recipient: $329.4 million (1995)

      Currency: 1 Kyrgyzstani som (KGS) = 100 tyiyn

      Exchange rates: soms (KGS) per US$1 - 46.235 (January 2000), 39.008 (1999), 20.838 (1998), 17.362 (1997), 12.810 (1996), 10.822 (1995)

      Fiscal year: calendar year

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