Dr. Laurette Bristol, Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, CARICOM Secretariat
Programme Manager, Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette Bristol, has stressed that the HRD Strategy belonged to the Caribbean Community and not to the CARICOM Secretariat.
She was speaking at the opening of the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS). The workshop is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-25, 2018.
Dr. Bristol encouraged participants to be willing to give of themselves and learn from each other while being willing to accept responsibility for their part in the success of the Strategy.
“We need to reach out to each other in the Region and create strong networks, share best practices, foster national development and promote regional resilience and sustainability”, she opined.
The workshop targets National Coordinators responsible for the coordination, monitoring and reporting associated with the implementation of the Strategy at the national level. It will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-24, 2018. (more…)
An overhead shot of Barbuda following Hurricane Irma
Just under a million less tourists visited the Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, costing the region over $700 million, according to a report from the London-based World Travel & Tourism Council.
“The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts,” said the report.
Those tourists could have spent US$741 million and sustained more than 11,000 jobs, it said.
With their turquoise waters and coral reefs, Caribbean island destinations rely heavily on tourism, which provides 15.2 per cent of the region’s gross domestic product and sustains 14 per cent of its labor force, according to the report.
Worldwide, the average contribution of tourism to GDP is 10.4 per cent.
Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London will deliver the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture during CDB’s Annual Meeting in Grenada. (Photo via CDB)
The social impact of natural disasters will come into focus when Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London delivers the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada. The highly regarded researcher will speak on the topic, “From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction” at the event, which is part of the agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Scheduled to take place at St. George’s University, the prestigious Lecture will feature Pelling taking a fresh look at resilience and reconstruction and examining the often-overlooked social dimensions of natural disasters in his keynote speech. More than 200 delegates attending CDB’s Annual Meeting, officials from the Government of Grenada and representatives from academia are expected to attend.
Caribbean destinations headed toward normalcy after 2017 hurricanes
Tourism-reliant Caribbean destinations heavily damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are again accepting leisure visitors while working to rebuild travel and public infrastructure. Yet, because geography ensures the region will unquestionably experience devastating storms in future years, Caribbean nations are also exploring ways to mitigate their impact.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) is at the forefront of the effort, this week launching a Regional Tourism Education and Awareness Campaign intended to “foster a discussion on climate resilience and sustainability on both the regional and international stage,” said CTO officials.
The campaign will extend through November and feature information and materials from CTO-member destinations broadcast via CTO’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn social media pages. Barbados-based CaribVision Television and the campaign’s official website will also feature campaign information.