Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Belize

International Reserves

US$ 237.114 million (Source: IMF; Data updated: 2012)

Source
Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 1.552 billion (2010 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

2.914 billion of International dollars (2010 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
5% 5.1% 9.3% 4.6% 3% 4.7% 1.2% 3.6%
2009 2010 2011 2012*        
0% 2.7% 2.5% 2.8%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 4,481 (2010 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$8,412 International Dollars (2010 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2015**
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

**Forecast

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector

(Data released on February 2012)

  • agriculture: 9.7% 
  • industry: 19.8% 
  • services: 58.7% (2011 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

(Data released on March 2012)

Inflation
2009 2010 2011 2012*
2%(2008) -0.2% 1.9% 3.2%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2009 2010 2011 2012*
12.7% 11.2% 10.9%(2009) 10.5%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

(Data released on December 2011)

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
79.4% 82.2% 83.3% 80.3% 78.1%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011* 2012**
0.4% -1.2% -1.5% -1.6% -2.5%

*Estimate    **Forecast

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: SD

Moody's rating: Ca

Moody's outlook: NEG

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Dec 2011 and Nov 2012)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies in Belize

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

US$ -47 million (2010 estimate)(After 2008)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

-3% of GDP (2010 estimate)(2009)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

N/A

(Data released on April 2012)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0%(2007)

(Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.01% (2011)(2007)

(Data were released in 2012)

Total exports

US$555.8 million (2012 estimate) 

Export commodities

sugar, bananas, citrus, clothing, fish products, molasses, wood, crude oil

Total imports

US$770.1 million (2012 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods; fuels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; food, beverages, tobacco

Exports - major partners

US 37.7%, UK 16.4%, Costa Rica 9.9%, Nigeria 4.3% (2011)

Imports - major partners

US 38.5%, Mexico 10.5%, Cuba 9.2%, Guatemala 5.5%, China 5.1%, Trinidad and Tobago 4.1% (2011)

FDI inflows
2009 2010 2011
US$109 million US$97 million(2009) US$94 million(2009)
FDI outflows
2009 2010 2011  
N/A US$1 million US$1 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2008 2009 2010 2011
N/A US$2 million(2009) N/A(2009) N/A
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2010(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2011(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A(2008 estimate)

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project (Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 185. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.)

Overall ranking: 105 out of 185 countries(2009) (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 158 out of 185 countries(2009)

Enforcing Contracts: 169 out of 185 countries

Registering Property: 136 out of 185 countries

Getting credit: 129 out of 185 countries

Protecting investors: 128 out of 185 countries

Trading across border: 102 out of 185 countries

Paying Taxes: 45 out of 185 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 21 out of 185 countries

Getting Electricity: 58 out of 185 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 30 out of 185 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

N/A

(2012)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 77 Score: 61.9 (Moderately Free) (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Total area

22,966 km2 (2006)

Capital

Belmopan (2009)

Currency

Belizean dollars (BZD) (2009)

Government type

parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm (2009)

Languages

Spanish 46%, Creole 32.9%, Mayan dialects 8.9%, English 3.9% (official), Garifuna 3.4% (Carib), German 3.3%, other 1.4%, unknown 0.2% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7.4%, Anglican 5.3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5.2%, Mennonite 4.1%, Methodist 3.5%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), other 14%, none 9.4% (2000)

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
0.15 million 0.19 million 0.25 million 0.35 million 0.39 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
54% 49.4% 47.8% 44.8%
Population median age

22 years (2010)

Population growth rate

3.4% (2011)

Life expectancy

76 years (2010)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

53.13 (1999)

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:1
Civil Liberties:2 (2011)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

72.94% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

N/A

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

N/A

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

1.3556 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)

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