St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Public finance

Most of the government's income comes from customs duties and taxes. The leading categories of expenditures are education, public works, and health.

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimates that in 2000 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines's central government took in revenues of approximately $94.6 million and had expenditures of $85.8 million. Overall, the government registered a surplus of approximately $8.8 million. External debt totaled $167.2 million.

The following table shows an itemized breakdown of government revenues and expenditures. The percentages were calculated from data reported by the International Monetary Fund. The dollar amounts (millions) are based on the CIA estimates provided above.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tax revenue 75.3% 71
Non-tax revenue 8.5% 8
Capital revenue 1.5% 1
Grants 14.7% 14
General public services 37.7% 29
Public order and safety 9.1% 7
Education 16.9% 13
Health 13.0% 10
Social security 10.4% 8
Housing and community amenities 1.3% 1
Economic affairs and services 11.7% 9

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