Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2006-2007

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The publication surveys the main economic events and developments of 2006 and the first half of 2007 in the light of the region’s recent economic performance. The fifty-ninth edition of the survey is aimed to provide further inputs for the economic debates concerning means of promoting a rapid, sustainable growth process capable of creating conditions conducive to an improvement in the living conditions in the region. It also describes various aspects of the regions economic growth dynamics. The tables provided in the statistical appendix provide ready access to data for recent years and facilitate the creation of spreadsheets. The edition is supplemented by a CD-ROM.




The GDP of Barbados grew for the fifth consecutive year since the recession of 2001, this time by 3.8%. As in the previous year, growth in 2006 was boosted by the domestic economy, with both construction and basic services showing growth of almost 7%, while traditional export sectors such as tourism and manufacturing stagnated. The imbalance between growth in sectors that cater to the external and domestic markets is worrisome, particularly because the economy of Barbados operates under a fixed exchange rate regime whose sustainability depends on international reserves and therefore on its capacity to generate or attract foreign exchange. The planned removal of exchange controls in 2007, part of the gradual integration of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), will accentuate the need to stimulate the foreign exchange-generating sectors. The National Strategic Plan of Barbados 2006-2025 lays out strategies to enhance competitiveness and strengthen the brand image of Barbados in world markets.


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