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Jamaica to Host IDB’s 7th Annual Caribbean Governors Meeting in February

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 10:11 AM

The Government of Jamaica will host the 7th Annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on February 26 and 27 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

The IDB’s Caribbean Governors are the finance and planning ministers of the institution’s Caribbean member states.

Under the theme #JumpCaribbean, the Caribbean Governors’ Meeting aims to help the Caribbean to embrace, strategically, the reality of the digital revolution.

The IDB wants the region to tap technology and to apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment and advance development.

IDB Governors are expected from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago as well as IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, other senior officials of the IDB, and Dr William Warren Smith, the President of the Caribbean Development Bank.  

Global business leader Sir Richard Branson and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of the Republic of Estonia, will also participate in the high-level meeting to provide insight on how the Caribbean can take advantage of the opportunities for accelerating growth, building resilience to natural disasters, developing policies to improve productivity, and creating vibrant sustainable economies through the digital and technological revolutions.

 “At the upcoming meeting, the Caribbean has the opportunity to seize the moment, to ignite the changes needed to create a better and brighter future,” said Therese Turner-Jones, general manager for the IDB’s Caribbean Country Department,

“As the leading development partner in the region, the IDB looks forward to fresh ideas and innovative perspectives that take full advantage of the digital and technological revolution. This is key to improving lives of the people of the region,” added Turner-Jones.

The meeting will include a series of bilateral and plenary sessions and is intended to prepare the Caribbean Governors and the IDB’s management for the substantive deliberations on the future direction of the institution that are anticipated at the IDB’s Annual General Meeting to be held in Mendoza, Argentina on March 22-25.