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Country Report Jamaica

  • ID: 2105438
  • Country Profile
  • April 2017
  • Region: Jamaica
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The prime minister, Andrew Holness of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), will remain popular in the short term, but will come under greater pressure as he struggles to reduce violent crime, bolster job creation and boost GDP growth.

Peter Phillips, the new president of the opposition People's National Party (PNP), will steer the party to the left, but will not immediately threaten the JLP, which will increase its tiny majority in upcoming by-elections.

Fiscal austerity, tepid domestic demand and a hefty debt burden will limit economic growth. GDP expansion will pick up to 1.8% in 2017, before slowing in 2018-19 amid a weaker global backdrop; it will recover slightly in 2020-21.
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Country Report Jamaica

Outlook for 2017-21

Outlook for 2017-21: Political stability

Outlook for 2017-21: Election watch

Outlook for 2017-21: International relations

Outlook for 2017-21: Policy trends

Outlook for 2017-21: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2017-21: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2017-21: International assumptions

Outlook for 2017-21: Economic growth

Outlook for 2017-21: Inflation

Outlook for 2017-21: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2017-21: External sector

Outlook for 2017-21: Forecast summary

Data and charts: Annual data and forecast

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Data and charts: Monthly data

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Data and charts: Comparative economic indicators

Basic data
Land area
Main towns
Weather in Kingston (altitude 34 metres)
Fiscal year
Public holidays

Political structure
Official name
Form of government
Head of state
The executive
National legislature
Legal system
National elections
National government
Main political organisations
Main members of cabinet
Key ministers
Central bank governor
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