Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres (146 mi) in length and as much as 80 kilometres (50 mi) in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is about 620 kilometres (385 mi) northeast of the Central American mainland, 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 190 kilometres (120 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated.  

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Capital City: Kingston
Area: 10,991 sq km/ 4,244 sq mi
Population: 2,990,561 (July 2017 est.)
Time Zone: UTC -05:00
GDP (PPP): $25.39 billion (2016 est.)

note: datum in 2016 US dollars
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
% of Shares:(as of December 31, 2016) 17.31
Source: Central Intelligence Agency. (2017). The World Factbook: Jamaica. Updated August 31, 2017

CDB Involvement

Jamaica joined CDB in 1970 and as of 2016, a total of USD781, 505 million in loans, contingent loans, equity and grants had been approved for projects in Jamaica. CDB funding in Jamaica is used for financing social and economic infrastructure development such as schools, road and water projects, building more disaster-resistant structures, student loans, and support for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Basic Needs Trust Fund in Jamaica is administered through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and through locally-led Community Development Committees and Citizens’ Associations throughout the island.


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