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Northern Mariana Islands


Introduction: Under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific, the people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence but instead to forge closer links with the US. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the US was approved in 1975, and came into force on 24 March 1976. A new government and constitution went into effect in...

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Economic Overview: CNMI ’s economy benefits substantially from financial assistance from the US. Tourism employs about 50 per cent of the work force and accounts for roughly one-fourth of GDP. The agricultural sector consists of cattle farms and small traditional farms producing coconuts, breadfruit, tomatoes, and melons. Some 20 000 foreign workers, mostly Filipino and Chinese, work and live in CNMI . The CNMI Government is facing serious cash flow problems which have developed following the collapse of the garment industry and a tourism ...

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