Economy of Anguilla

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This article is an overview of the economy of Anguilla.

Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. The economy, and especially the tourism sector, suffered a setback in late 1995 due to the effects of Hurricane Luis in September but recovered in 1996. Increased activity in the tourism industry, which has spurred the growth of the construction sector, has contributed to economic growth. Anguillan officials have put substantial effort into developing the offshore financial sector, which is small, but growing. A comprehensive package of financial services legislation was enacted in late 1994. In the medium term, prospects for the economy will depend largely on the tourism sector and, therefore, on revived income growth in the industrialized nations as well as on favorable weather conditions.

Statistics

GDP: purchasing power parity - $108.9 million (2004 est.)
country comparison to the world: 219

GDP - real growth rate: 10.2% (2004 est.)

GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $8,800 (2004 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:

Population below poverty line: 23% (2002)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

  • lowest 10%: NA%
  • highest 10%: NA%

Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.3% (2006 est.)

Labor force: 6,049 (2001)

Labor force - by occupation: (2001 est.)

Unemployment rate: 8% (2002)

Budget:

  • revenues: $22.8 million
  • expenditures: $22.5 million, including capital expenditures of NA (2000 est.)

Industries: tourism, boat building, offshore financial services

Industrial production growth rate: 3.1% (1997 est.)

Electricity - production: NA kWh

Electricity - production by source:

Electricity - consumption: 42.6 GWh

Electricity - exports: NA kWh

Electricity - imports: NA kWh

Agriculture - products: small quantities of tobacco, vegetables; cattle raising

Current account balance: -$42.87 million (2003 est.)

Exports: $13 million (2006)

Exports - commodities: lobster, fish, livestock, salt, concrete blocks, rum

Exports - partners: UK, USA, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin (2006)

Imports: $143 million (2006)

Imports - commodities: fuels, foodstuffs, manufactures, chemicals, trucks, textiles

Imports - partners: US, Puerto Rico, UK (2006)

Debt - external: $8.8 million (1998)

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