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St. Vincent is very vulnerable to natural disaster such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe weather instances.1 The United States Agency for International Development works within the country to help provide technical assistance to villages affected by natural disasters.2 In December 2013, flooding that killed nine people and displaced 500 people ravaged the islands.3

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1 http://www.usaid.gov/crisis/saint-vincent-and-the-the Grenadines
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
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CNBC 
St. Martin and St. Maarten is one island with two distinct sides. French-controlled St. Martin on the north side is known for its beach parties, while Netherlands Antilles-governed St. Maarten on the southern rim is home to a variety of casinos and bars. See more..
Radio Cadena Agramonte 
Havana, Jun 20.- Cuban President received Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, on Monday afternoon, who is in Cuba on a work visit. During the fraternal meeting the two leaders exchanged on the excellent progress of ... See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
Last May, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez reported that Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, El Salvador and Uruguay –CELAC countries– joined the dialogue with Venezuelan opposition sectors. See more..
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St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
Minister for Agriculture in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Hon. Saboto Caesar, said that while regional trade is a priority as the OECS strives to lower its food import bill, it is also important that member states aim to be self-sufficient. “At all ... See more..
Amandala 
... Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Israel, Columbia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi ... See more..
teleSUR English 
The longest-serving CARICOM prime minister expressed solidarity with both Cuba and Venezuela. See more..
Antigua Observer 
White said he wrote to the heads of government of Guyana, Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada and Jamaica on Wednesday, exactly one week after he started the petition. The Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was the only one to ... See more..
St. Lucia News Online (press release) 
fb_img_1497105847527 St. Lucian based in St. Vincent, Ashlyn Khandi Francis, earned an average of 97.2% and 4th place in the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) Examination held on Friday May 19th,2017 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. See more..
PanAm Post 
(Twitter) Countries such as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis — all historic allies to the Maduro regime — voted the sanctions down. (Twitter) · EspañolVenezuela has avoided a resolution in the Organization of American ... See more..
Barbados Advocate 
According to section 13 (1) of the Employment Rights Act 2012, “Where a contract of employment IS CONTEMPLATED, the employer shall, prior to or forthwith upon the commencement of the contract, give the employee a written statement of the particulars of ... See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 389 sq km (Saint Vincent 344 sq km)
Land 389 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)
Natural Resources

hydropower, cropland ;
Natural Hazards

hurricanes; Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is a constant threat
Current Environmental Issues

pollution of coastal waters and shorelines from discharges by pleasure yachts and other effluents; in some areas, pollution is severe enough to make swimming prohibitive

Demographics

Nationality
Saint Vincentian or Vincentian
Population
103,220 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2008, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines, a drop of nearly 20% from 2007. Saint Vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international ...See More regulatory standards. The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high public debt burden, which was 68% of GDP at the end of 2011. GDP grew on average 6% annually from 2002-07, but contracted between 2008-10 as a result of the global economic downturn; growth remains slow. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.312 billion (2012 est.); $1.306 billion (2011 est.); $1.301 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices; small numbers of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats; fish
Industries

tourism; food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch