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International Monetary Fund

In this paper, the following statistical data are listed in detail: savings and investment, indicators of construction activity, electricity generation, consumption, tariffs, consumer prices, estimates of population and labor force, operations of central government, detailed accounts of the consolidated public sector, public sector employment, monetary survey, summary accounts of commercial banks, selected interest rates, balance of payments, selected tourism statistics, external public sector debt, terms of external public sector loans, external debt excluding interest arrears, and distribution of commercial bank credit to the private sector.

International Monetary Fund

The report on the Antigua and Barbuda’s Observance of Standards and Codes on Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision is examined. Aggregated assets reported by the offshore banking sector totaled about US$3.0 billion, equivalent in size to about four times the GDP, as on December 2002. The largest bank represents 61 percent of the sector’s aggregated assets, highlighting an important degree of concentration. Investment portfolios represent the bulk of banks’ assets and are predominantly composed of government and corporate bonds and equities.

International Monetary Fund

This paper describes economic developments in Antigua and Barbuda during the 1990s. Economic performance deteriorated in the early 1990s. Output growth slowed to 4 percent a year in 1992–94, as activity in the tourism sector slackened and public investment fell because of a poor public savings performance and reduced access to foreign financing. Despite the slowdown in activity, growth in private sector wages exceeded inflation during this period, owing partly to the effect of employment and real wage increases in the government sector.

International Monetary Fund

The global slowdown has severely affected Antigua and Barbuda’s economy through its impact on tourist arrivals, FDI inflows and remittances, and fiscal revenue. The recession and associated fiscal crisis coincides with already weak public finances and mounting problems in the financial sector. The authorities have taken decisive action to address the fiscal crisis and set the stage for a sustained recovery. The scope for restructuring public debt with domestic banks is limited, and financial sector reform is paramount.

International Monetary Fund

The Detailed Assessment of Antigua and Barbuda’s compliance with the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision is presented. The largest bank represents 61 percent of the sector’s aggregated assets, highlighting an important degree of concentration. Investment portfolios represent the bulk of banks’ assets, and are predominantly composed of government and corporate bonds and equities. Loan portfolios include a number of large exposures, some exceeding 25 percent of capital, and/or connected party loans.

International Monetary Fund

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.

International Monetary Fund

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.