CDB announces keynote speaker for prestigious William G. Demas Memorial Lecture

Dr. Daniel Lederman, Lead Economist and Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank (Photo via CDB)
Dr. Daniel Lederman, Lead Economist and Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank (Photo via CDB)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced the keynote speaker for the 18th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture, scheduled to take place on May 23, 2017, at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa in Providenciales. Dr. Daniel Lederman, Lead Economist and Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, will speak on the topic, ‘Thinking Big about Small Economies: From ‘Open and Nimble’ to Talented Workforce’.

An economist and political scientist by training, Dr. Lederman has published numerous books and articles on a broad set of issues related to economic development. These include: financial crises; crime; political economy of economic reforms; economic growth; innovation; international trade; and labour markets.

Lederman is co-author of ‘Open and Nimble: Finding Stable Growth in Small Economies’, published in March. The book analyses what makes small economies unique and proposes that they are not necessarily prone to underdevelopment and, in fact, can achieve very high income levels.

Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as and Associate Institution of CARICOM

“We are pleased to add Dr. Lederman to the roster of distinguished William G. Demas Memorial Lecture speakers, who have all been committed to economic development through their respective fields of discipline,” said Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB. “We look forward to his keynote speech, which is especially relevant to the Caribbean at this time,” he said.

The William G. Demas Memorial Lecture is held in honour of the Late Honourable William Gilbert Demas, second president of CDB, outstanding economic scholar and public servant to the Caribbean.  Mr. Demas held some of the highest offices in major regional institutions, which promote integration through economic and social development.

The William G. Demas Memorial Lecture takes place annually as part of the agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of CDB. The event showcases the best intellectual discourse on topics of relevance to the Caribbean Region.

The 47th Annual Meeting will place May 24-25, 2017 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The flagship event will highlight the impact of the Bank’s investments in its 19 borrowing member countries. In addition, stakeholders will take part in strategic discussions on resolving some of the Caribbean Region’s most pressing economic and social development issues.