Nauru - Leadership

When Harris took over the presidency in March 2001, Nauru was facing the harsh reality of its future. The phosphate reserves, which had provided Nauru with one of the highest per capita incomes of any developing nation through the twentieth century, had been depleted and no clear alternative source of income was on the horizon. The mined land was useless and unsightly, serving as a short-term deterrent to the development of tourism. And although a percentage of the phosphate income from previous decades is held in trust, they are not enough to provide a stable and secure future for the country.

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