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International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.

IMF Country Report No. 22/134

International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.

1. Grenada’s economy grew strongly prior to the COVID-19 shock, supported by the implementation of important reforms and favorable external conditions. Real GDP growth averaged 4.5 percent during 2014-19, driven by agriculture, tourism, and construction, and spillovers from the long U.S. expansion. The successful implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility Framework (FRF) helped address fiscal imbalances, boosted confidence, and underpinned an impressive reduction in public debt. An updated tax incentives regime helped attract foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. Although still high, the poverty rate fell to 25 percent (from 38 percent in 2008) and unemployment declined to 15.4 percent in 2019.