As of 2002, more than 80% of the population was employed in agriculture, either in subsistence farming, herding or fishing. Most local produce is sold directly to consumers or to intermediaries and barter is common. Company agents and intermediaries buy export crops at local markets or directly from the producers for sale to large companies. Distribution is largely unstructured, except for a few international and local companies. Most sell through retail points. A large portion of produce is transported by animals and carts, but trucks operate as well.
The country's domestic economy continues to rely heavily on foreign investment from the European Union for both private and public sector concerns. Business hours are 7:30 AM 3:30 PM , Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM , on Friday. Commercial hours are generally from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM . Offices are closed Friday afternoons during Muslim prayer time and on Sundays.