Jamaica: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations

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Although Jamaica has a stable parliamentary democracy and is a middle-income developing country, the government of Prime Minister P.J. Patterson faces several significant challenges. These include a violent crime wave fueled by gangs and drug trafficking; high external debt, estimated at 135% of gross domestic product, that could constrain the government’s social expenditures; and an adult HIV/AIDS infection rate of over 1%. This report discusses U.S. relations with Jamaica, which are close and characterized by significant economic linkages and cooperation on such bilateral issues as anti-drug trafficking measures, hurricane reconstruction support, and efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic.

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Sullivan, Mark P. February 3, 2006.

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Although Jamaica has a stable parliamentary democracy and is a middle-income
developing country, the government of Prime Minister P.J. Patterson faces several
significant challenges. These include a violent crime wave fueled by gangs and drug
trafficking; high external debt, estimated at 135% of gross domestic product, that could
constrain the government’s social expenditures; and an adult HIV/AIDS infection rate
of over 1%. This report discusses U.S. relations with Jamaica, which are close and characterized by significant
economic linkages and cooperation on such bilateral issues as anti-drug trafficking
measures, hurricane reconstruction support, and efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic.

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6 Pages.

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  • February 3, 2006

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  • Feb. 24, 2006, 12:13 p.m.

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Sullivan, Mark P. Jamaica: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations, report, February 3, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8287/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.