CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry reform at 47th Annual Meeting

Dr Justin Ram
Dr. Justin Ram

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will release two major studies to support the Region’s economic growth agenda at the 47th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors. The flagship event will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from May 24-25, 2017.

“The studies will analyse two issues that are key to advancing economic growth in the Caribbean –regional productivity and tourism industry reform. The findings of this research will provide countries in the Region with insights, data and information that could guide policymaking and action to facilitate sustainable growth,” said Dr. Justin Ram, Director of Economics, CDB.

One study is entitled, ‘Enhancing Productivity and Growth in the Caribbean’. It will seek to identify the causes of low productivity and growth in the Region, and put forward recommendations for initiatives that could reverse this trend. Findings will be discussed at a seminar on May 24 during the Annual Meeting. Panelists from the public and private sectors will discuss policy initiatives that could substantially strengthen regional growth performance over the medium to long term. (more…)

Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:


Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

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CARICOM Intersessional Meeting opens Thursday morning in Georgetown

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The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) takes place at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana on 16 – 17 February, 2017.

An Opening Session will be held from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 16 February at the Meeting Venue.

Accredited Media Representatives are invited to cover the Opening Session.

Remarks will be delivered by:

  • Secretary-General, Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
  • Outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
  • Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David A. Granger, President of the Republic of Guyana


Please make every to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the session to facilitate security clearance and the set up of equipment.

Economic development, crime and international relations among key issues for Inter-Sessional

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Economic Development, Crime and Security and International Relations are among the key issues for discussion by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting  in Georgetown Guyana, 16 – 17 February 2017.

CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  briefed the media  during a press Conference at the CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown on Monday.

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