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Kiribati

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The Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kir-ri-bas) is comprised of 33 islands divided into 3 groups; the Gilbert, Line and Phoenix Islands Groups. The islands extend about 3,900 km (about 2,400 mi) from east to west. From north to south they extend about 2,100 km (about 1,300 mi), straddling the equator. The country is characterised by an abundant sea territory over a vast portion of the northern South Pacific Ocean. Indeed, the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers an area of 3.6 million square kilometres - an area larger than mainland India. The vast size of its sovereign territory and wealth of marine life ensures that fishing licence fees are a major source of revenue. Remittances from seafarers working for international shipping companies from North America and Europe are also a crucial source of revenue, contributing to about 15% of Kiribati's GDP in recent years.

The tourism sector is a target area for development and the industry is going through a phase of standardisation. All accommodation in the capital South Tarawa and Kiritimati (Christmas Island) are being classified and graded according to the Kiribati Accommodation Standards Program known as the Mauri Mark. Tourist attractions include World War II remains (from one of the worlds' bloodiest battle- Battle of Tarawa), unique cultural attractions, untouched nature as well as first-rate bone fishing, bird watching and surfing on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) - the world largest and deepest marine protected area, constitutes 11% of Kiribati's EEZ. While currently very difficult to access, the Government of Kiribati is working with partners to get increased access to the islands of PIPA and work towards a sustainable tourism industry.

Investors in climate change adaptation technologies will also find excellent opportunities in Kiribati. Kiribati uses the Australian dollar, which provides good currency stability.

Air Kiribati is the national airline of Kiribati. It operates domestic flights linking all the Gilbert Islands. Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) connects Tarawa twice a week via Nadi, Fiji. It also flies to Kiritimati from Nadi onto Honolulu and back on the same day once a week. Kiribati's partner airline, Our Airline serves Kiribati from Brisbane, Australia via Nauru and connects with Majuro, Marshall Islands fortnightly.

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