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    Barbados Economy - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Economy - overview: Historically, the Barbadian economy had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but production in recent years has diversified into manufacturing and tourism. Offshore finance and information services are important foreign exchange earners, and there is also a light-manufacturing sector. The government continues its efforts to reduce unemployment, to encourage direct foreign investment, and to privatize remaining state-owned enterprises. The economy contracted in 2002 mainly due to a 3% decline in tourism. Growth should be positive in 2003, the precise level largely dependent on economic conditions in the US and Europe.


      GDP: purchasing power parity - $4 billion (2002 est.)


      GDP - real growth rate: -1% (2002 est.)


      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $14,500 (2002 est.)


      GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 6%
      industry: 16%
      services: 78% (2000 est.)


      Population below poverty line: NA%


      Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%
      highest 10%: NA%


      Inflation rate (consumer prices): -0.6% (2002 est.)


      Labor force: 128,500 (2001 est.)


      Labor force - by occupation: services 75%, industry 15%, agriculture 10% (1996 est.)


      Unemployment rate: 10% (2001 est.)


      Budget: revenues: $847 million (including grants)
      expenditures: $886 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (2000 est.)


      Industries: tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly for export


      Industrial production growth rate: -3.2% (2000 est.)


      Electricity - production: 780 million kWh (2001)


      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
      hydro: 0%
      other: 0% (2001)
      nuclear: 0%


      Electricity - consumption: 725.4 million kWh (2001)


      Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2001)


      Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2001)


      Oil - production: 1,271 bbl/day (2001 est.)


      Oil - consumption: 10,900 bbl/day (2001 est.)


      Oil - exports: NA (2001)


      Oil - imports: NA (2001)


      Oil - proved reserves: 1.254 million bbl (January 2002 est.)


      Natural gas - proved reserves: 70.79 million cu m (January 2002 est.)


      Agriculture - products: sugarcane, vegetables, cotton


      Exports: $227 million (2002)


      Exports - commodities: sugar and molasses, rum, other foods and beverages, chemicals, electrical components


      Exports - partners: Caribbean Community 43.2%, US 15.3%, UK 13.2%, Canada 2.0% (2000)


      Imports: $987 million (2002)


      Imports - commodities: consumer goods, machinery, foodstuffs, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components


      Imports - partners: US 40.8%, Caribbean Community 19.8%, UK 8.1%, Japan 5.2%, Canada 4.2% (2000)


      Debt - external: $692 million (2002)


      Economic aid - recipient: $9.1 million (1995)


      Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)


      Currency code: BBD


      Exchange rates: Barbadian dollars per US dollar - 2 (2002), 2 (2001), 2 (2000), 2 (1999), 2 (1998)


      Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March


      NOTE: The information regarding Barbados on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Barbados Economy 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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