Jamaica Economic Outlook
July 10, 2018The economy performed relatively well in Q1, with growth picking up to 1.4%. The print marked the best reading since Q4 2016 and is a further sign that the economy is gaining momentum following a weak H1 2017. The result in the first quarter was chiefly due to an upsurge in mining and quarrying activity following the resumption of production at the Alpart refinery in Q4 2017. In addition, the services sector greatly benefited from strong inflows of tourists. Following a staff visit in mid-June, the IMF applauded the progress made in implementing economic reforms, which has improved macro fundamentals and strongly reduced public debt.
Jamaica Economic GrowthHigher mining output and a healthy global backdrop should buttress the economy this year. In addition, lower unemployment is expected to spur private consumption, while a successful conclusion of public sector wage negotiations would free up government resources for growth-enhancing areas. Panelists expect GDP growth of 1.7% in 2018, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 2.2% in 2019.
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