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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

This 2007 Article IV Consultation highlights that macroeconomic outcomes for Antigua and Barbuda have strengthened significantly in recent years. Real GDP growth averaged 5 percent during 2003–05, and is estimated to have reached 12 percent in 2006. There has been progress in implementing broad structural reforms. On fiscal issues, the authorities intend to enhance revenue performance, including the introduction of a more flexible mechanism for retail fuel pricing in 2008. They also intend to improve the investment climate, reduce skill mismatches, exports, and deregulate telecommunications.

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

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.