Chief Products: Agricultural – rice, corn, coconut products, sugarcane,
bananas, tobacco, peanuts, and livestock. Manufactured – processed food,
textiles, chemicals, wood products, assembled automobiles, electronics
equipment, glass, rubber, and steel products. Mineral – chromite (chromium
ore), copper, manganese, iron ore, and gold. Major Exports: Electronics,
garments, transportation equipment and machinery, mineral and mineral
products, coconut product, sugar, bananas, pineapple, and mangoes. Major
Imports: Materials for the manufacture of electronics/electrical
Major Trading Partners: USA, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Germany, Rep. of Korea and PROC. Major
Investors: USA, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Virgin
Islands, France, and Great Britain.
The Philippines is mostly an agricultural nation, but it is developing in
other industries. Rice is the most important food crop, and is grown on
many of the islands. The Central Luzon Plain is known as the nation’s
” Corn is another important food crop, and the Filipinos eat it
on a daily basis. Copra, or dries coconut meat, sugarcane and abaca are
the chief cash crops. Copra is processed to make fine oil for the
manufacture of many items, particularly soap. Manufacturing is dominated
by the processing of agricultural products. Factories assemble automobiles
and produce chemicals, plastics, rubber and steel goods, glass, plywood,
Chief Products: Petroleum and natural gas.
Major Exports: Oil and gas,
and ready-made garments. Major Imports: Transportation equipment and
machinery, manufactured goods, and food chemicals.
Brunei’s economy is dependent on its petroleum and natural gas, which
account for nearly all of its exports and more than 75% of its wealth.
Brunei’s government just entered a new stage of development in its goal to
become more economically diversified from their dependence on oil and gas
by increasing investments in the construction industry.
Chief Products: Agricultural – Rice, cassava, vegetables, fruits, corn,
soybeans, sugarcane, rubber, and livestock. Manufactured – Agricultural
and forestry products and textiles.
Mineral – Salt, phosphates, and iron
ore. Major Exports: Garments, textile product sawn, wood furniture, and
rubber. Major Imports: Transport equipment and machinery, manufactured
goods, and food chemicals.
Cambodia’s economy is based largely on agriculture. The main food crop is
rice, and they compete directly with the Philippines. Industry is limited
largely to the manufacture of textiles and the processing of agricultural
products and timber.
Chief Products: Agricultural – rice, cassava, sugarcane, coconuts, copra,
corn, sweet potatoes, peanuts, bananas, palm kernels, palm oil, kapok,
coffee, tea, spices including pepper, nutmeg, and mace, soybeans, tobacco,
and livestock. Industries and Products – petroleum refining, mining,
forest products including timber, plywood, paper, and cinchona, metal
smelting, fishing, sugar refining, food processing, petrochemicals, cement,
fertilizers, handicrafts, television, and radio sets. Minerals –
petroleum, natural gas, tin, nickel, coal, copper, silver, gold, and
diamonds. Major Exports: Textile, electronic goods, footwear, oils, gas,
plywood, and sawn timber. Major Imports: Chemical, pharmaceutical,
fertilizer, cotton yarns, textile fabric, machines, and motor vehicles.
Indonesia is a country rich in a number of natural recourses.
plantations that specialize in products for export. Indonesia’s main
trading partners are the United States, Japan, and Singapore.
Chief Products: Agriculture – rice, coffee, cotton, tobacco, and
livestock. Manufactured – forest products including timber, textiles, and
processed agriculture products. Mineral – tin and salt. Major Exports:
Coffee, electricity, clothing, wood and forest products, and gypsum.
Imports: Industrial machinery, chemicals, iron, electrical machinery and
parts, steel, oil, and construction materials and consumption goods.
Like most countries in this area Laos’ economy is based mainly on
agriculture, and they have an abundance of rice as well. There is very
little industry, so most of it must be imported.
Chief Products: Agriculture – rubber, oil palm, rice, coconuts, copra,
sago, cassava, corn, spices, hemp, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, and
livestock. Manufactured – palm oil, coconut oil, processed rubber, smelted
tin, refined petroleum and petroleum products, forestry products, processed
food, steel, tobacco products, textiles, television sets, motor vehicles,
and handicrafts. Major Exports: Electronics and electric machinery,
petroleum and LNG, textiles, clothing and footwear, palm oil, and saw
Major Imports: Manufacturing inputs, machinery and transport,
equipment, and metal products.
Malaysia’s leading exports are mostly in the electrical and electronics
industry. The country is rich in resources, and its economy is developing
rapidly. Malaysia is the world’s largest exporter of palm oil.
Chief Products: Agriculture – rice, sugarcane, sesame, peanuts, peas,
beans, spices, fruits, and coconuts. Manufactured – processed foods,
lumber, refined petroleum, textiles, medicines, and handicrafts.
petroleum, lead, silver, zinc, tin, tungsten, jade, rubies, and sapphires.
Major Exports: rice, teak, beans and pulses, rubber, coffee, minerals,
gems, and marine products. Major Imports: power tillers, hand tractors,
fertilizer, diesel, oil, cement, dumper, loader and spare parts, water
pumps, and hydraulic excavator.
Myanmar has very fertile soil and .