This web page provides information about the work of the IMF in the ECCU and its member countries Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica,Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well the activities of the Regional Representative Office.

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At a Glance : Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries


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Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and the IMF

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Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere

Adjusting Under Pressure
October 2015

Economies in the Western Hemisphere are generally seeing a slowdown in growth. The U.S. economy regained momentum after a slow start at the beginning of the year, while in Latin America and the Caribbean economic activity continues to decelerate at the regional level. Stronger U.S. growth should benefit countries in the region, especially those with tighter links through trade, remittances, and tourism (Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). Weaker commodity prices for the foreseeable future, however, will continue to hurt South America’s net commodity exporters—lowering national incomes, reducing investment, and worsening fiscal balances. These developments could, in turn, impede progress made in recent years in poverty reduction. Key risks, including an abrupt tightening of U.S. interest rates or a further slowdown in China, may disproportionately affect Latin America. Chapters in this report examine monetary policy in Latin America, including the region’s exposure to global financial shocks; the role of value chains and regional trade agreements in fostering trade integration; and the state of financial market development in the region.

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