Infographic: Trinidad & Tobago - Road to Recovery

Trinidad & Tobago 2016 Economic Infographic

Although low oil and gas prices in 2015 had a negative economic effect on Trinidad and Tobago, the current government is pursuing a series of reforms aimed at both strengthening the energy sector and diversifying the wider economy.

Economy: Brighter Future

The authorities have embarked on a programme of fiscal austerity and are ramping up efforts to diversify the $27.1bn economy. According to IMF projections, GDP growth is expected to resume in 2017, but not before an estimated contraction of 1.1% in 2016.

Energy: Adding Local Value

Although liquefied natural gas output fell in the second half of 2015, refinery production rebounded following the completion of upgrades at the state-owned Petrotrin plant, while ammonia and urea output was up from a relatively low base in 2014.

Industry: Niche Market

Despite having the largest manufacturing base of any CARICOM country, Trinidad and Tobago’s manufacturing sector has fallen below 10% of GDP. To reinvigorate growth, the country is looking to leverage competitive segments, including its strong food and beverage industry, which grew by 6.8% in 2015.

Banking: Growth Driver

Contributing around 11% of GDP, the financial sector has outpaced broader economic expansion for the past five years. In 2015 the twin-island nation’s GDP contracted by 2.1%, while the financial sector grew by 1.9%.

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