Suriname’s economy is principally based in the export of aluminium oxide (alumina) and small amounts of aluminium produced from bauxite. A former Dutch colony, democracy in Suriname has gained strength in recent years, creating an economy more diversified and less dependent on Dutch financial assistance. The country’s biodiversity makes it an attractive destination for eco-tourism. The country still faces some challenges in terms of broadening its economic base, diversifying its trading partners and improving the business environment.
Based on the ITC 2014-2018 Strategic Approach to the Caribbean Region, ITC will focus on implementing at regional level the recommendations of strategies recently developed by CARICOM for the cultural industries and professional services sectors.
Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.