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Saint Lucia: Economy#

The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. Tourism is Saint Lucia's main source of jobs and income - accounting for 65% of GDP - and the island's main source of foreign exchange earnings. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area. Crops such as bananas, mangos, and avocados continue to be grown for export, but St. Lucia's once solid banana industry has been devastated by strong competition.

Saint Lucia is vulnerable to a variety of external shocks, including volatile tourism receipts, natural disasters, and dependence on foreign oil. Furthermore, high public debt - 77% of GDP in 2012 - and high debt servicing obligations constrain the ANTHONY administration's ability to respond to adverse external shocks.

St. Lucia has experienced anemic growth since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, largely because of a slowdown in tourism - airlines cut back on their routes to St. Lucia in 2012. Also, St. Lucia introduced a value added tax in 2012 of 15%, becoming the last country in the Eastern Caribbean to do so. In 2013, the government introduced a National Competitiveness and Productivity Council to address St. Lucia's high public wages and lack of productivity.

Economic Facts#

GDP (purchasing power parity)$2.083 billion (2016 est.)
$2.052 billion (2015 est.)
$2.004 billion (2014 est.)
note: data are in 2016 dollars
GDP (official exchange rate)$1.439 billion (2015 est.)
GDP - real growth rate1.5% (2016 est.)
2.4% (2015 est.)
0.4% (2014 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$12,000 (2016 est.)
$11,900 (2015 est.)
$11,700 (2014 est.)
note: data are in 2016 dollars
Gross national saving13.2% of GDP (2016 est.)
16% of GDP (2015 est.)
12.2% of GDP (2014 est.)
GDP - composition, by end usehousehold consumption: 69.9%
government consumption: 15.2%
investment in fixed capital: 18.7%
investment in inventories: 0.1%
exports of goods and services: 39%
imports of goods and services: -42.8% (2016 est.)
GDP - composition, by sector of originagriculture: 2.9%
industry: 14.1%
services: 83% (2016 est.)
Agriculture - productsbananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa
Industriestourism; clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, lime processing, coconut processing
Industrial production growth rate4% (2016 est.)
Labor force79,700 (2012 est.)
Labor force - by occupationagriculture: 21.7%
industry: 24.7%
services: 53.6% (2002 est.)
Unemployment rate20% (2003 est.)
Population below poverty lineNA%
Household income or consumption by percentage sharelowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Budgetrevenues: $185.2 million
expenditures: $222.2 million (2011 est.)
Taxes and other revenues12.9% of GDP (2011 est.)
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)-2.6% of GDP (2011 est.)
Public debt77% of GDP (2012 est.)
77% of GDP (2010 est.)
Fiscal year1 April - 31 March
Inflation rate (consumer prices)0.1% (2016 est.)
-1% (2015 est.)
Central bank discount rate6.5% (31 December 2010)
6.5% (31 December 2009)
Commercial bank prime lending rate8.8% (31 December 2016 est.)
8.86% (31 December 2015 est.)
Stock of narrow money$287.3 million (31 December 2016 est.)
$284.8 million (31 December 2015 est.)
Stock of broad money$1.165 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
$1.131 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
Stock of domestic credit$1.431 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
$1.399 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
Current account balance-$96 million (2016 est.)
-$53 million (2015 est.)
Exports$205.2 million (2016 est.)
$207 million (2015 est.)
Exports - commoditiesbananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, avocados, mangoes, coconut oil (2010 est.)
Exports - partnersDominican Republic 25.1%, US 15.9%, Suriname 9.1%, Antigua and Barbuda 7%, Dominica 6.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 6.3%, Barbados 6.1%, UK 4.8%, Grenada 4.6% (2015)
Imports$532 million (2016 est.)
$540.6 million (2015 est.)
Imports - commoditiesfood, manufactured goods, machinery and transportation equipment, chemicals, fuels
Imports - partnersBrazil 34.9%, US 25.7%, Trinidad and Tobago 14.4%, Colombia 10.9% (2015)
Debt - external$523.2 million (31 December 2016 est.)
$517 million (31 December 2015 est.)
Exchange ratesEast Caribbean dollars (XCD) per US dollar -
2.7 (2016 est.)
2.7 (2015 est.)
2.7 (2014 est.)
2.7 (2013 est.)
2.7 (2012)