Investor Report Caribbean: The gathering storm

Investor Report Caribbean: The gathering storm

Caribbean Economy & Policy Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

By Canute James For Peter Phillips, Jamaica’s finance minister, the outlook is grim: “Our debt to GDP ratio was 128% at the end of March,” he said in assessing the immediate challenges to the economy. “This debt has now become a burden that places a stranglehold on our capacity to fund vital social services as well as the capital investments required to support sustained growth.” Phillips is not alone: his counterparts across the region are facing a similar set of challenges. Their weak, open economies have borrowed increasingly to fend off the effects of years of weak global growth. And it is becoming increasingly hard for them to take on fresh debt as interest rates soar and their

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