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Key facts

Caribbean wide trade association: Caribbean Publishers Network

Barbados

Population: 284,996 (2016)

Official language: English
Currency: Barbadian dollar
Important ministries: Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation  Ministry of Culture, Sports & Youth    
Official statistics office: Barbados Statistical Service      
Fixed book price system:
No

Guyana

Population: 773,303 (2016)
Official language: English
Currency: Guyanese dollar   
Important ministries: Ministry of Education  - it includes a Department of Culture Youth and Sport
Official statistics office:
Bureau of Statistics
Annual book fair:
The Education Ministry hosts annual Literary Street Fair in January
VAT on books: Education services and materials (including books)
Fixed book price system: No

Jamaica

Population: 2.881 million (2016)
Official language: English
Currency: Jamaica Dollar
Important ministries: Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
Official statistics: Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN)
Trade association: Book industry Association of Jamaica
Annual book fair: Kingston Book Festival
VAT.GST on books:  Print books exempt from GST
Fixed book price system: No

Trinidad & Tobago

Population:  1.365 million (2016)

Official language: English
Currency: The Trinidadian Dollar (TTD)
Important ministries: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts
Annual book fair:
Annual literary Festival (Bocas Lit Fest) held in April
VAT on books: 12.5% on books (activity books exercise books and other similar books for educational purposes for use in schools, colleges and other educational institutions are still exempt from VAT)
Fixed book price system: No

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 Caribbean Publishing Market Profile 2004