Asian Development Bank | April 2017
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 small islands scattered over a large area in the South Pacific. The national capital, Avarua, is found on the largest island, Rarotonga. The Cook Islands is a self-governing country in free association with New Zealand. Its nationals are New Zealand citizens. They have open access to work and reside in New Zealand and—under various reciprocal entry agreements—in Australia. Emigration has contributed to a declining population, leading to a shortage of skilled workers. The economy of the Cook Islands is small, narrowly based, and vulnerable to external shocks. Tourism accounts for around 60% of gross domestic product, followed by offshore banking, fishing, and agriculture.
CitationAsian Development Bank. 2017. Cook Islands. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/7807.
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