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Saint Kitts and Nevis Economy 2014

SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Saint Kitts and Nevis Economy 2014
SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 28, 2014

Economy - overview:
The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis depends on tourism; since the 1970s tourism has replaced sugar as the traditional mainstay of the economy. Following the 2005 harvest, the government closed the sugar industry, after several decades of losses. To compensate for lost jobs, the government has embarked on a program to diversify the agricultural sector and to stimulate other sectors of the economy, such as export-oriented manufacturing and offshore banking. Roughly 200,000 tourists visited the islands in 2009, but reduced tourism arrivals and foreign investment led to an economic contraction in 2009-2012, and the economy has not yet returned to growth. Like other tourist destinations in the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis is vulnerable to damage from natural disasters and shifts in tourism demand. Furthermore, the government is constrained by one of the world's highest public debt burdens - equivalent to roughly 140% of GDP in 2012 - largely attributable to public enterprise losses.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$921 million (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 205

$929 million (2011 est.)
$946.2 million (2010 est.)
note: data are in 2012 US dollars
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GDP (official exchange rate):
$724.1 million (2012 est.)
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GDP - real growth rate:
-0.9% (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 194

-1.9% (2011 est.)
0% (2010 est.)
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GDP - per capita:
$16,100 (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 81

$16,500 (2011 est.)
$17,200 (2010 est.)
note: data are in 2012 US dollars
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GDP - composition, by end use:
household consumption: 72.7%
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government consumption: 10.6%
investment in fixed capital: 28.3%
investment in inventories: 0%
exports of goods and services: 33.5%
imports of goods and services: -45%

(2012 est.)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
agriculture: 1.9%
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industry: 23.4%
services: 74.7% (2012 est.)

Agriculture - products:
sugarcane, rice, yams, vegetables, bananas; fish

Industries:
tourism, cotton, salt, copra, clothing, footwear, beverages

Industrial production growth rate:
NA%
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Labor force:
18,170 (June 1995)
country comparison to the world: 210
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Unemployment rate:
4.5% (1997)
country comparison to the world: 40
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Population below poverty line:
NA%
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Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: NA%
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highest 10%: NA%

Budget:
revenues: $223.3 million
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expenditures: $197 million (2012 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:
30.8% of GDP (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 89
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Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
3.6% of GDP (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 15
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Public debt:
144% of GDP (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 4

154% of GDP (2011 est.)
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Fiscal year:
calendar year

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
1.4% (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 24

7.1% (2011 est.)
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Central bank discount rate:
6.5% (31 December 2009)
country comparison to the world: 55

6.5% (31 December 2008)
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Commercial bank prime lending rate:
8.73% (31 December 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 94

9.45% (31 December 2011 est.)
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Stock of narrow money:
$200.4 million (31 December 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 177

$177.8 million (31 December 2011 est.)
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Stock of broad money:
$964.1 million (31 December 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 170

$879.1 million (31 December 2010 est.)
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Stock of domestic credit:
$809.6 million (31 December 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 157

$860 million (31 December 2011 est.)
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Market value of publicly traded shares:
$598.4 million (31 December 2011)
country comparison to the world: 110

$623.9 million (31 December 2010)
$648 million (31 December 2009)
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Current account balance:
$-70.8 million (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 71

$-88.2 million (2011 est.)
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Exports:
$68.6 million (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 193

$68 million (2011 est.)
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Exports - commodities:
machinery, food, electronics, beverages, tobacco

Exports - partners:
US 56%, Canada 9.8%, Bangladesh 6.2% (2012)

Imports:
$225.6 million (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 202

$239.3 million (2011 est.)
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Imports - commodities:
machinery, manufactures, food, fuels

Imports - partners:
US 31.7%, Trinidad and Tobago 19.9%, Italy 7%, Germany 6%, Barbados 4.7% (2012)

Debt - external:
$189.3 million (31 December 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 188

$199.1 million (31 December 2011 est.)
[see also: Debt - external country ranks ]

Exchange rates:
East Caribbean dollars (XCD) per US dollar -

2.7 (2012 est.)
2.7 (2011 est.)
2.7 (2010 est.)
2.7 (2009)


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Saint Kitts and Nevis on this page is re-published from the 2014 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saint Kitts and Nevis Economy 2014 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Kitts and Nevis Economy 2014 should be addressed to the CIA.
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