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Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin -October 2015

Weak economic growth continues to challenge the tourism-dependent countries of the Caribbean. Commodity exporters are also facing subdued growth given the decline in international prices. Fiscal consolidation remains the major theme for the Caribbean region.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Economic Prospects For Curaçao | A Study On The Economic Prospects Of The Private Sector In Curaçao

The basic research questions in this report are: how does the private sector expect the Curaçao economy to develop in the short and medium term? And how will businesses behave, how will the private sector of Curaçao develop and proceed from now, the next couple of years till 2019?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
IRR Viewpoint -Caribbean Market Update 2015 Mid-Year Report

In this 2015 mid-year report, we analyze the major sources of economic influence to the Caribbean region; namely tourism, real estate, development and investment. Data continues to reflect improvement in tourism, gradual improvement in some real estate markets and an increase in foreign direct investment inflows; though conventional economic indicators such as declining oil prices, sovereign debt ratios and unemployment numbers are resulting in continued stagnation of the larger diverse economies.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin March 2015

The year 2014 brought several developments that affected the Caribbean, including a continued acceleration of the U.S. economy, a marked slowdown of some major emerging markets, especially Brazil but also China, tensions in Russia over Ukraine as well as ongoing and increased tensions in the Middle East.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Foreign Direct Investment In Latin America And The Caribbean 2015

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean fell by 16% in 2014 to US$ 158.803 billion. Outflows of FDI from the region were also down, by 8%. Both these trends were driven by the decline in prices of export commodities and the economic slowdown in the region. Nevertheless, FDI remains very important for the economies in the region, especially for smaller Caribbean economies.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The New Digital Revolution : From The Consumer Internet To The Industrial Internet

After more than a decade of policies to encourage greater access to and use of these technologies, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have made significant progress in terms of access to telecommunications services and the use of applications and social networks, as well as the implementation of policies and programmes for e-education, e-health and e-government and the adoption of the relevant regulatory frameworks.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Latin America And The Caribbean And China

The timing is right for Latin America and the Caribbean to take a qualitative leap in its relations with China. The Cooperation Plan 2015-2019 is a necessary and important first step in this direction, as it defines an institutional framework and general groundlines. Now the Plan needs to be endowed with specific content, which in turn means agreeing upon a regional agenda of priorities, affording a prime role to multi-country initiatives.

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Monday, May 25, 2015
The Gigabit Island Plan

The Gigabit Island Plan is a project of the Puerto Rico Broadband Taskforce, a public-private partnership of broadband stakeholders whose mission is to help define and implement policies to accelerate growth in broadband access and expand citizen adoption and use of online resources to improve the lives and economic opportunities of all Puerto Ricans.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Foreign Direct Investment In Latin America And The Caribbean 2013

Latin America and the Caribbean notched a new historic high in 2013 upon receiving 184.92 billion dollars in foreign direct investment (FDI), 5% more than in 2012 in nominal terms.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
An Update On The Competitiveness Of Puerto Rico’s Economy

Economic activity in Puerto Rico remains generally flat at a depressed level and there are no strong signs that a meaningful recovery is taking hold. While Puerto Rico’s economy has historically paralleled the U.S. mainland economy, the Island’s latest downturn started earlier and was much steeper and more prolonged. Puerto Rico has now been in a slump since 2006.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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