Caribbean Economic Report, December 2018

  • December 3, 2018
Bahamas Central Bank highlights importance of fiscal prudence in reducing pro-cyclicality, Barbados economy contracted 0.5% from Jan-Sept 2018, Cayman delivers fiscal surplus nearly double its target, Cuba revised tourist arrivals target down for 2018, DomRep will grow around 6.5% this year, Guyana’s 2019 budget projects higher public sector fiscal deficit, Jamaica posts another quarter of […]

Caribbean Economic Report, October 2018

  • October 29, 2018
External public debt expands 31% y/y in Bahamas, Barbados targets 6% primary surplus under IMF program, Cayman economy expands 4.0% y/y in Q1 2018, Remittances to DR post double-digit growth YTD to August, Guyana’s reserves continued to decline in July, Jamaica’s economy grew 1.8% in the April-June quarter, Suriname’s interest payments rose 20% y/y in […]

Caribbean Economic Report, August 2018

  • August 12, 2018
Rising international oil prices stoke inflation throughout the region and induced a rise in , Barbados economy contracted in H1 2018 by 0.6%, Cuba’s economy grew 1.1% in H1, the policy rate was increased in DomRep, while economic activity expanded 6.7% y/y in H1 2018, Guyana’s foreign reserves dropped 19% YTD in June, Jamaica’s unemployment […]

Caribbean Economic Report, July 2018

  • July 1, 2018
Bahamas increased VAT rate takes effect July 1. Barbados announces fiscal adjustment of BBD1.2B. Cayman projects 8.4% growth in construction sector in 2018. DomRep continues broad-based growth with EAI up 6.6% y/y at May. Guyana’s growth fell to 2.2% in 2017, with a contraction in mining and weak agro performance. Jamaica registers 1.2% growth in Jan-Mar […]

Caribbean Economic Report, May 2018

  • May 23, 2018
Barbados faces General Election May 24 with international reserves at 22-year low, Cayman gov’t finances capital projects without debt amidst growth and fiscal surpluses, Cuba likely to be impacted by sanctions on Venezuela’s PDVSA, DomRep registers 6.4% GDP growth in Q1 2018, Guyana’s International Reserves lowest since 2009, Jamaica lowers policy rate, T&T faces declining […]

Caribbean Economic Report, March 2018

  • March 22, 2018
Crime will undermine even the most outstanding economic performance. Barbados foreign reserves continue downtrend; Cayman records 2.4% growth in 2017; DomRep’s international reserve up 28% y/y in January; BoJ lowers policy rate in February by 25bps; T&T’s reserves fall to the lowest level since May 2008.

Caribbean Economic Report, January 2018

  • January 29, 2018
#EvenItUp Global Growth Strengthens and so does Inequality; Barbados int’l reserves down 44% y/y in Nov; Cuba challenged by availability of foreign currency; DR receives record remittances in 2017; Guyana reserves down/BoP deficit widens; JMD appreciates y/y in Dec; TT reserves down 12% y/y in 2017.

Caribbean Economic Report, December 2017

  • December 5, 2017
#BuildBackBetter building resilience with technology-lessons from Estonia; Bahamas reserves strengthen on borrowing, reserves decline in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad; Tourism strengthens in Cuba, DR, Jamaica and Barbados; Negative growth projected in Suriname and Trinidad in 2017.

Caribbean Economic Report, June 2017

  • June 28, 2017
Venezuela’s Spills Overs to the Caribbean; New governments in The Bahamas and Cayman Islands; Barbados faces steep fiscal adjustments; Jamaica exceeds IMF reserves target; Reserves expand in Suriname; T&T loses investment grade.

Caribbean Economic Report, April 2017

  • April 28, 2017
Reserves expand in Aruba, Bahamas, Suriname; down in Barbados. Cayman Islands grew 2.5% and T&T contracted 10.8% in Q3’16. Guyana oil production by 2020. Curacao and Sint Maarten policy rate increases.


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