Caribbean countries have been blessed with a plethora of natural resources. The industries developed from these natural resources have created employment as well as foreign exchange earnings from exports.
Crude oil is a natural resource of Trinidad. The petroleum industry employs nationals and earns foreign exchange for the country.
Clay is found in abundance in Barbados. Pottery making is a large industry in Barbados.
Bauxite is found in abundance in both Jamaica and Guyana. The Alumina industry is an important foreign exchange earner. Alumina is exported to be further processed to make aluminium products.
Guyana also has very large forest areas and has developed a very vibrant lumber and timber industry. Lumber is used in the construction industry.
Lime stone is processed to make cement in Jamaica.