Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island nation between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Antigua has relatively flat topography characterized by central plains and volcanic hills rising in the southwest (reaching altitudes of 400 m), all of which strongly influence the island’s hydrology. To the north and east, the soil is mainly calcareous limestone. Annual rainfall is low, averaging 40 inches, and droughts occur every 5 to 10 years. There are no rivers and very few streams. A desalination plant supplies approximately 50% of the water needs of the island.  It has a population of 88,710 and a GDP per capita of $16,400 (adjusted by purchasing power parity).  

The country’s economy depends primarily on tourism, which, with related services, accounts for 65% of the GDP. Other major contributors were government services, wholesale and retail trade, construction, communications, real estate, and housing. The Government continues to focus on further developing the tourist industry and diversifying the economy through expansion of the financial and information sectors.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:24