Following the opening of a modern international airport, signs of an economic recovery have emerged, with increased direct flights from major cities in the U.S. and Canada and renewed interests from foreign investors in tourism projects.
The overall fiscal balance has improved over the past few years, and the debt to GDP ratio fell in 2017 for the first time since 2007.
Despite these positive developments, St. Vincent and the Grenadines faces challenges in sustaining the growth momentum over the longer-term.
Like other Caribbean economies, its high exposure to natural disasters, limited land, narrow production and exports base, weak business competitiveness, and limited physical and human capital constrain potential growth.
The financial system remains broadly stable but has vulnerable spots in the non-bank financial sector.