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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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St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
One chapter of the book, captioned: “Free Trade, Fair Trade, and South-South Trade”, in which Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Argyle International Airport were discussed, was authored by Professor Gavin Fridell, Associate Professor and Canada ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
... Caribbean Court of Appeal Tuesday, citing bias by the trial judge, Justice Brian Cottle, has reinstated the election petitions of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) challenging the outcome of the election results in St Vincent and the ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
Taiwan has relations with St Kitts-Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and Lee acknowledged that relations with one or more of the Caribbean are “kind of unstable. “That is why a visit by President ... See more..
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Folha de S.Paulo 
The list of countries that still maintain their embargo on Brazilian meat includes Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Algeria, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Qatar, Mexico and the Bahamas. Jamaica, Trinidad and Saint Vincent are recalling the ... See more..
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Evolve Markets is a privately-owned IBC in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The trading platform specializes only in Bitcoin-denominated accounts and adopts a Straight Through Processing (STP) execution model. Evolve Markets has made it possible for ... See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
Jammy Harry, a 22 year old St. Lucian man, has been charged as police continue an investigation into an ATM scam in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The crimes allegedly occurred in Kingstown, Barrouallie, Bequia and Calliaqua. A total of EC$15,500 was ... See more..
Caribbean360.com (subscription) 
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Wednesday March 8, 2017 – The governing Unity Labour Party in St Vincent and the Grenadines is preparing ... See more..
Jamaica Gleaner 
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent CMC): The Bank of St Vincent & the Grenadines Ltd (BOSVG) says it is aware of recent reports regarding fraudulent activities at ... See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
Police have charged two Saint Lucian men with illegal entry into St. Vincent and the Grenadines. iWitness News has identified the two as Aaron Kadoo, 30, and Mario Chitolie, 25. According to the online publication, the duo are also said to be assisting ... See more..
Caribbean360.com (subscription) 
“This determines the election, so I don't see how anybody would perceive this as anything but a very landmark decision for St Vincent and the Grenadines, because it means that the petitions remain alive,” he said. Friday went further to suggest that ... 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