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Antigua and Barbuda - Economic memorandum (English)

Economic growth in Antigua rose to three percent in 1982 because of an increase in stayover visitors. Public sector finances deteriorated as the government accumulated arrears. Antigua's balance of payments position improved because of lower capital and manufactured goods imports and higher tourism and manufactured exports receipts. The government's development strategy is to diversify the economy, but expansion in agriculture and manufacturing would require several policy changes. The critical infrastructure need is better utilization and maintenance of existing water supply and treatment facilities. An engineering study for a hotel complex accounted for over half of outlays on public capital projects in 1982. However, the size, timing, and financing of the project is uncertain and its implementation may strain absorptive capacity and raise questions about creditworthiness. The priority for Antigua is to improve its credit rating by rescheduling arrears on external debt payments, paying them off, and in the meantime, curtailing commercial borrowing.


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    Pre-2003 Economic or Sector Report

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    Antigua and Barbuda,

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    Latin America & Caribbean,

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    Antigua and Barbuda - Economic memorandum

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Antigua and Barbuda - Economic memorandum (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.