|Economy - overview: Tourism is the primary economic activity,
accounting for more than 70% of GDP and 70% of employment. The islands
normally host 2 million visitors a year. The manufacturing sector consists
of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch
assembly. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported.
International business and financial services are a small but growing
component of the economy. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries
is at Saint Croix. The islands are subject to substantial damage from
storms. The government is working to improve fiscal discipline, support
construction projects in the private sector, expand tourist facilities,
and protect the environment.
purchasing power parity - $1.8 billion (2000 est.)
SOURCE: The World Factbook
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