According to countryaah, the foundations of the Marshall Islands business community consist of aid, service industry and self-sustaining agriculture; Of these, the service sector is clearly dominant. Outside of the official economy, most are engaged in agriculture and fishing. Kopra, coconut oil and in recent years also seagrass is exported. Trade and hotel and restaurant operations are the most important activities in the monetary economy; The tourists are few, but the US military is many. Renting the US rocket base at Kwajalein is an important source of income. Majuro has one yard, but otherwise there is little industry. International airports are located at Kwajalein and Majuro.
In June 1997, resistance in the United States and from environmental movements meant that the nuclear waste landfill project was finally demolished. Instead, the government proposed to transform the islands into a “tourist paradise” and announced plans to build a large complex of hotels and casinos, funded by South Korean capital.
The Marshall Islands, along with 23 other Pacific countries, signed an agreement on the protection of fishery resources that month.
In February 1998, the Asian Development Bank welcomed the state reforms which included had meant a reduction in government spending and a 25% reduction in the number of public servants. According to the government, the reduction was linked to the cessation of the country’s status as a free associate state in 2001. causes US assistance to cease. Nevertheless, inflation continued to rise, reaching 10%. In June, the government decided to reduce the salaries of state employees by 12½%, which triggered protests. Still, the authorities failed to reduce the government budget deficit.
In the November 15 parliamentary elections, the United Democratic Party (UDP) opposition party received 18 of the 33 seats. In January 2000, Kessai Note was elected President. He had until then been the spokesman for Parliament (Nitijela). Note stated that in his work he would concentrate on fighting corruption. This was a consequence of the international anti-money laundering working group placing the country among those with the greatest problems of this kind. At the November 2003 parliamentary elections, the UDP regained the majority of seats in parliament. Note was re-elected as President. He declared that he would concentrate his efforts on fighting corruption and money laundering. Marshall Islands has an international reputation for money laundering.