Barbados Special Report Feb 2018: Q&A with Marla Dukharan

Barbados’ international reserves fell at the end of 2017 to the lowest level since January 1996. Meanwhile, the Central Bank has been financing the government through printing and the use of commercial bank excess reserves, with the monetary base doubling since the beginning of 2014. Economic growth for 2017 was estimated by the Central Bank at 1% (which we expect to be revised downward) and central government debt-to-GDP is the third highest in the world at 146%. In this interview, Marla explores the options and paths forward available to Barbados as the country heads in to a General Election with tough reforms and policy choices ahead.


Economics 102: There is no such thing as a free lunch

Evaluates the facts behind borrowing from the IMF, the major risks to T&T’s debt sustainability and external accounts based on updates presented by the Minister of Finance on June 9, 2021 as part of the mid-year supplementary budget for Fiscal Year 2020/2021.