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

April 24, 2017, 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 analyze 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. Panellists from the public and private sectors will discuss policy initiatives that could substantially strengthen regional growth performance over the medium to long term.
Panellists include Dr. Timothy Antoine, Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank; Nigel Baptiste, Managing Director of Republic Bank, Trinidad and Tobago; Jennifer Dotson-Isaacs, President, Caribbean Congress of Labour; the Honourable Gillmore Andre Hoefdraad, Minister of Finance, Government of Suriname; and Dr. Justin Ram.
Findings from the second study, “Tourism Industry Reform, Strategies for Enhanced Economic Impact”, will be presented during a seminar on May 25. Panellists will explore policy measures that could enhance resilience and increase the growth and development impact of tourism.
Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Government of Jamaica; Stacy Cox, Executive Director, Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association; Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Tourism Organisation; and Dr. Amos Peters, Economist, CDB will participate in the panel.
Both events will be live streamed on CDB’s YouTube channel, and the studies will be available for download on after each seminar. 


The Ministry of Home Affairs was advised of an incident which occurred at Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday, Monday April, 24th 2017 involving a female officer and a prisoner. The incident was reported to the police and the matter is currently being investigated. 
The officer involved has been given a leave of absence from work and has been offered medical assistance and counseling. 
The prisoner is receiving medical attention at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales. 
A full press statement will be released once the investigation has been completed but the Ministry is unable to provide any further comment at this time as the incident remains an ongoing police matter. 

Visit of Dr. Esther De Gourville and Dr. Gustavo Mery, PAHO/WHO, 24th – 28th April 2017

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes the visit of Dr. Esther Mary De Gourville, Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization Representative for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands and Dr. Gustavo Andres Mery, PAHO/WHO Health Systems Advisor to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, 24th –  28th April 2017.
The primary objectives of the five-day visit are to:
1. Hold a courtesy visit with the Governor, His Excellency, Dr. John Freeman
2. Hold a courtesy visit with the Premier, Honorable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
3. Hold a briefing with the new Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services on PAHO’s Governance and Budgetary Structure. 
4. Hold discussions with senior officials of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services on continuing collaboration between PAHO and the Ministry.
Topics of discussion include promotion of universal health coverage, enactment of health in all polices, and strengthening of primary health care including NCDs, mental health services, and services for the elderly and those with disabilities. 
PAHO has a long and illustrious history of providing technical assistance and guidance to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region and promoting cooperation between countries to advance their health goals.
We are grateful for their continued support and look forward to a productive week.