This web page provides information on the activities of the Office, views of the IMF staff, and the relations between Barbados and the IMF. Additional information can be found on Barbados and IMF country page, including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English that deal with Barbados.

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Barbados: At a Glance

  • Current IMF membership: 190 countries
  • Barbados joined the Fund on December 29, 1970
  • Quota: SDR 94.5 million (0.02 percent of total)
  • Number of arrangements since membership: 3
  • Outstanding Purchases and Loans (SDR): 206 million (September 24, 2020)
  • Latest Article IV/Country Report: December 18, 2019
  • Current IMF arrangement: Latest Report: June 8, 2020

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Office Activities

What we do
The IMF office in Barbados is a central point of contact between with the IMF and the Government of Barbados with a primary focus to support the implementation of Barbados’ Economic Reform and Transformation (BERT) priorities set forth in the Fund’s Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Barbados. In that capacity, the office follows economic developments and policies in Barbados, liaises between the Barbadian authorities and IMF staff in Washington, and coordinates IMF technical assistance. It is also a source of information about IMF views for the public, local and foreign analysts, investors, academic and research institutions, and Barbados’ international partners and their diplomatic missions.

Who we are
The office in Barbados was opened in 2019 with Mr. Christopher Faircloth as the inaugural Resident Representative.

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Regional Economic Outlook

October 2021 Regional Economic Outlook for Western Hemisphere - Cover

Western Hemisphere

Regional Economic Outlook: A long and winding road to recovery
October 2021

An economic recovery is underway in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) but the pandemic still casts shadows on much of the region. The recovery was robust in the first quarter of 2021 but lost momentum in some countries in the second quarter, reflecting the rebound in COVID-19 cases. Real GDP is projected to grow by 6.3 percent in 2021, followed by a more moderate growth of 3 percent in 2022, but would not catch up with pre-pandemic trends in the medium term as persistent weakness in labor markets raises risks of scarring. Broadly favorable external conditions, high commodity prices, and pent-up demand support short-term growth, while monetary and fiscal policy reversals work in the other direction. Risks to the outlook are tilted downward. Main downside risks are the emergence of more transmissible and deadlier COVID-19 variants, tightening of global financial conditions, sovereign debt rollover risks, and social unrest as a year with heavy election schedule looms. Fiscal policy should allocate sufficient resources for health spending, including vaccination, and continue to support households and firms in a more targeted fashion while the pandemic persists, backed by credible assurances of medium-term debt sustainability to maintain access to finance. Monetary policy has started to address inflationary pressures but should continue to support economic activity insofar as the dynamics of inflation expectations permit. Financial policy should shift from blanket support to targeted support of viable firms, to ensure that necessary labor and capital reallocations are not hindered. Supply-side policies should foster inclusive growth, including through progressive and growth-friendly tax reforms and measures to intensify climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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