Category: Central America

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Industry

The industrial sector is important and largely based on natural gas, which is both raw material and provides cheap energy. In the country there are a number of plants for the production of methanol...

Panama

Panama Industry

Industrial operations are concentrated in the area along the canal and, not least, the free trade zone Colón on the Atlantic. In Colón, production takes place almost exclusively under the auspices of foreign companies....

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Industry

Since the mid-1990s, industrial growth has been mainly in the economic free zones, where the government attracts companies with promises of tax exemption and cheap labor. The number of compound factories, maquilas, has increased...

Jamaica

Jamaica Industry

The manufacturing industry mainly deals with the processing of bauxite (for aluminum) and agricultural products. Other important products that are manufactured are building materials and chemical products. Through favorable trade agreements with the United...

Honduras

Honduras Industry

The biggest change that has occurred in Honduras economy since the early 1990s is the growth of the composition industry. In 2012, the so-called maquilas factories accounted for almost half of total exports. In...

Haiti

Haiti Industry

Haiti’s manufacturing industry has experienced a decline since the 1980s, due in part to the fact that the domestic market is small and the buying elite prefers imported goods. The military regime in the...

Guatemala

Guatemala Industry

The industry consists mainly of smaller companies that produce food, beverages and tobacco, as well as clothing, textiles and leather goods. Manufacturing has mainly focused on the domestic market and neighboring countries. The industry...

El Salvador

El Salvador Industry

The industrialization that began in the 1960s stopped during the war years 1980-1992. Since then, the industrial sector has recovered. It is today dominated by the export-oriented textile industry. In order to create jobs...

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Industry

In the Dominican Republic, lighter industrial goods for the domestic market are produced such as food, clothing and shoes, leather goods and cement, which makes an important contribution to the economy. Clothes and shoes,...

Dominican Republic

Dominica Industry

Tourism Tourism does not have the same dominant role at Dominica as at other islands in the Caribbean, although the importance of the tourism industry has increased in recent decades. During the 1990s, more...