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International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept
A mission was requested by the New Zealand authorities to the Cook Islands to focus on policy options for transitioning to high-income status, financial sector stability and regulatory framework, and debt sustainability.1 It evaluated these issues in the context of the medium-term outlook and against the context of a recently developed fiscal framework. The Cook Islands is a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand, but it is not an IMF member (Box 1).
International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

, inflation, labor market and employment statistics. II. Economic Context A. Recent Developments 4. The Cook Islands economy is highly dependent on tourism . Main source countries include New Zealand and Australia, but arrivals have diversified recently to Europe and North America. The Cook Islands has also sought to diversify its sources of economic activity through the establishment of an international financial services industry (especially for international trusts), and also receives revenue from fishing licenses. Strong recent contributors to economic

International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept
This technical assistance mission report underlines efforts to estimate the economic and revenue contributions of the international financial services industry in the Cook Islands. This report discusses the data and methodology used and presents the results. One matter that has been raised is that international companies are exempt from all taxes in the Cook Islands. The economic contribution of the international financial services industry can be measured by the value added of resident institutional units engaged, directly or indirectly, in the production of international financial services in the Cook Islands. The production of international financial services generates income which is distributed to the various agents or groups of agents who use that income to acquire goods and services for consumption now or later. The international financial services industry also contributes indirectly to gross domestic product through two channels. The first channel is through the goods and services that the industry purchases from other suppliers, such as electricity, accounting services, telecommunications, etc.
International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

Executive Summary The Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre was approached to estimate how international companies, and the wider international financial services industry, contribute to the Cook Islandseconomy and revenue collection. This report discusses the data and methodology used and presents the results. One matter that has been raised is that international companies are exempt from all taxes in the Cook Islands. The economic contribution of the international financial services industry can be measured by the value added of resident