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Partnering strategies key to economic growth - IDB

Published:Friday | June 9, 2017 | 6:00 AMPaul Clarke
Education Minister Ruel Reid (second right) speaking with Therese Turner-Jones (left), country representative for Jamaica and general manager, Caribbean Country Department, IDB group; and Dr Marcia Forbes, IDB consultant, at the IDB Group Caribbean Civil Society annual meeting at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in New Kingston, yesterday.

Partnerships between governments and civil society and the leveraging of technology are urgent requirements for achieving robust economic growth and prosperity in the Caribbean, noted Therese Turner-Jones of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB).

Speaking at the fourth annual IDB Group Caribbean Civil Society meeting at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew yesterday, Turner-Jones said that social upheavals worldwide make it important for governments across the Caribbean to create partnering strategies to improve on economic growth.

"As we observe astonishing social, economic, and political developments in various areas of the world today, we must examine and concretise our understanding and commitment to sustain partnership because broad, effective partnerships can yield sustainable success," she said.

Turner-Jones, who is also the country representative for Jamaica and general manager, Caribbean country department, IDB Group, said that governments across the region should continue placing the focus on securing economic growth and prosperity and that the need for partnerships becomes even more important.

"In optimising this option, the IDB Group believes that technology, data, and knowledge are fundamental to revolutionise service delivery in the Caribbean," Turner-Jones said, adding that with the IDB Code for Development, a platform that allows governments, civil society, and citizens to explore and reuse open code digital tools to support programmes and projects for social and economic development in the region, regional governments can utilise a specific set of tools in the fight against climate change, as well as to strengthen health care and to improve quality of life.

"With the Code, the IDB is seeking to strengthen its commitment to the use and promotion of open knowledge, as well as to accelerate the discussion on how technology can empower development in the region," she noted.

In addition, Turner-Jones explained that open data is essential for both policy making and the efficient delivery of service in Jamaica and the Caribbean. This, she said, is part of the development strategy that will buttress the region to perform competitively in the global village.

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