Factsheet : Jamaica

Official Title:
Jamaica


General Information

Capital: Kingston
Population (million): 2.86
Total Area: 10,991km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 97.82 Jamaican $ (JMD) (2018- Annual average)
National Holiday: August 6 (1962, Independence Day)
Language(s): English and English patois


Political Information

Type of State:
Commonwealth Country

Type of Government:
Constitutional monarchy. Bicameral parliament featuring a Senate of 21 appointed members, and a House of Representatives of 63 members elected for five year terms.

Head of State:
Governor General (Queen Elizabeth II) Sir Patrick Allen

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade: Kamina Johnson Smith

Main Political Parties:
Jamaican Labour Party (32), People’s National Party (31).

Elections:
Last: 25 February 2016; Next: By 2021.


Economic Information (2018)

Comparative figures
Type Jamaica Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 20.03 2,222.58
GDP per capita: ($) 7,003.23 60,078.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.38 1.83
Inflation: (%) 3.73 2.24
Unemployment: (%) 11.6 5.82

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $136,420,972
Canadian imports from country: $113,526,662
FDI in Canada (2018) : $1 million
CDI in country (2018): $1 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Janice Avonne Miller

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Laurie Peters


February 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Jamaica
Year Exports Imports
2015 $114,176,303 $242,571,695
2016 $113,549,247 $202,382,514
2017 $123,050,768 $168,269,666
2018 $131,843,255 $141,809,069
2019 $136,420,972 $113,526,662
Product trade (2019)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Jamaica
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $22,260,452 $382,945
02 Veg. Prod. $5,806,725 $15,003,414
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $588,115 $28,444
04 Food Prod. $10,776,055 $34,025,196
05 Mineral Prod. $1,869,046 $4,619
06 Chemical Prod. $13,675,990 $62,546,651
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $8,934,228 $678
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $41,782 $37
09 Wood Prod. $1,123,805 $6,490
10 Paper Prod. $6,510,922 $4,815
11 Textiles Prod. $349,955 $12,879
12 Dress Access. $64,154 $1,764
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $286,881 $752
14 Precious Metals/stones $261,158 $185
15 Base Metal Prod. $4,098,688 $736,647
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $16,680,466 $476,112
17 Vehicles and Equip. $6,094,329 $129
18 Specialized Inst. $859,994 $432
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,202 $
20 Misc. Articles $4,323,770 $58,012
21 Antiques $528 $208,590