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In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Barbados

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According to the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the North Atlantic sea surface temperatures are expected to remain well above average during the period November 2023 to January 2024, which could fuel some tropical cyclone activity.

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The World Factbook - Barbados

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 8 October 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Barbados is the wealthiest and one of the most developed countries in the Eastern Caribbean and enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the region. Historically, the Barbadian economy was dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities. However, in recent years the economy has diversified into light industry and tourism. Offshore finance and information services are important foreign exchange earners, boosted by being in the same time zone as eastern US financial centers and by a relatively highly educated workforce.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $18,600 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 10%

industry: 15%

services: 75% (1996 est.)

Unemployment rate: 10.1% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: 27 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 9.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 76 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 98.5% of population

Physicians density: 2.48 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 99.2% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Barbados

[accessed 20 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 14 December 2020]

The Barbadian economy turned in a good overall performance in 2000. GDP grew by 5%, compared to an average 3.4% per annum in 1994–95, driven by the strong performance of the sectors producing traded goods and services. The upsurge in economic activity led to a sharp decline in unemployment (from 24.5% in 1993, to 9.4% in 2000), while the inflation rate was kept at a relatively low 2.2%.

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