The economy is severely constrained by the exclusive access to the island by ship. Following an agreement with the UK Government, an airport and associated infrastructure will be operational once the airport is open to commercial flights. This is expected to not only open new opportunities for those on the island, but attract tourists, investors and ‘Saints’ looking to return home. The island’s finances and economic activity are currently dependent on overseas aid from the British Government. This has many constraints on the island’s development. St Helena is heavily dependent on imports, which are sourced from South Africa and the United Kingdom. The limited exports from St Helena are primarily based on natural resources, mainly fish and coffee. The local private sector is dependent on consumer spending. The largest employer on St Helena is the St Helena Government, with Solomon and Company Plc and Thorpe’s being the largest employers in the private sector. Due to low wages prevailing in St Helena, many Saints leave the island to work overseas. Presently, there is an on-going process of developing, outsourcing, and privatising government services. In the last 10 years the government has divested a number of services including banking, printing, quarrying, vehicle testing and cleaning services.