International Trade in Jamaica

International Trade in Jamaica

The growth rate increase in 2006 (2.7%) was short-lived; the global economic crisis provoked a growth contraction of 3% in 2009, which partially improved in 2010, resulting in a growth estimated at 0.1%. In general, the country's growth remains fragile when compared to the average of the... Read more

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Economic Overview

The growth rate increase in 2006 (2.7%) was short-lived; the global economic crisis provoked a growth contraction of 3% in 2009, which partially improved in 2010, resulting in a growth estimated at 0.1%. In general, the country's growth remains fragile when compared to the average of the Caribbean countries. 

The main challenge that the country has to face is its debt burden, which strongly encumbers its development. The government aims to privatize the public enterprises in order to reduce its budget deficit, and it is conducting a program aiming to increase its competitiveness. I stand-by accord was signed with the IMF in February 2010, including a reforms program aimed at restoring fiscal viability and making the economy more resistant to external shocks.

In the last recent years, living conditions have improved in terms of having access to basic services, education and health care. However, crime and delinquency are reaching high and unbearable levels and the unemployment rate, which has increased due to the crisis, is very high (12%).

 

FDI in Figures

Foreign investment in Jamaica, which had been steady in the last few years, slightly receded in 2009 due to the s...

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