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CDEMA to improve disaster response with new procurement procedures

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of disaster management funds.

Recognising their fiduciary responsibility to donors, and regional and international development partners, and the need to improve financial management practices, CDEMA’s Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) in 2015 conducted a baseline assessment of its operations, and a number of recommendations for improving the Unit’s procurement system emerged.  Updating the existing procurement manual to address gaps related to procurement and contract management was among the suggestions.


CDB launches project to improve disaster risk management and climate resilience in Ile-à-Vache, Haiti

On Friday March 3, 2018, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Haiti launched a project to improve climate resilience and disaster risk management on Ile-à-Vache, an island off the country’s southern peninsula. The Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Project is being funded through a CDB grant of USD5.5 million (mn),  which includes a contribution of USD 896,000, from resources provided to CDB under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-CDB-Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM Countries.


Local government reform project launches in Guyana, aims to support economic and social transformation

The recent discovery of significant offshore oil reserves, plans to stimulate development in the hinterland, encourage eco-tourism, and maximize green energy potential have firmly placed Guyana on a path to economic and social transformation.

To ensure that current and future generations benefit from these changes, stakeholders, with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), have launched a project, which aims to increase the ability of local governments to effectively and efficiently manage resources, handle their communities’ affairs, and reduce heavy reliance on central government for funding.


Belize, with support from CDB, closer to attaining SDG 6

The Government of Belize, with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is continuing to make strides towards achieving Goal 6 of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

An additional 2,500 Belizeans are enjoying easier access to a safe supply of water, following the completion of two water projects in the villages of Maskall and San Victor in February.  The projects are delivering 70,000 gallons of clean water to residents and in the process, significantly reducing incidences of water-, food- and vector-borne, and communicable diseases, and improving the quality of life for villagers.


CDB and FAO strengthen partnership with new agreement

CDB and FAO sign an agreement to strengthen their partnership

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Monday signed an agreement to strengthen their partnership to help countries in the Region achieve key development goals in agriculture.


CDB to establish first country office in Haiti this year

The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will establish its first country office in the Republic of Haiti later this year. Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Antonio Rodrigue and the Bank’s Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett, signed the Agreement on February 27, 2018


Trinidad and Tobago moves to improve public sector productivity with CDB training

Creating a more efficient and effective public sector is key to Trinidad and Tobago’s national development plan, and to achieve this, its Government has partnered with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to roll out the Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management (PPAM/PCM) Training Programme.

Civil servants from various Ministries throughout the twin-island republic, including Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries, are participating in face-to-face sessions, which commenced on February 26 at the Ministry of Works and Transport head office in Port of Spain.


Helping musicians in the Caribbean Region cash in on global multi-billion dollar industry

Streaming services, with some up to 140 million users worldwide, have revolutionised the business of music.  Yet despite the earning potential these services present for industry practitioners – writers, publishers, performers and producers—the Caribbean Region has been slow to cash in.

Aiming to better help music industry professionals take advantage of this boom, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in July 2016, commissioned a feasibility study and action plan for the digitalisation of Caribbean music, to enhance understanding of its effect on the music industry.


Stakeholders meet to develop Regional Strategic Plan for the water sector

Water specialists from across the Region have been meeting in Barbados to continue work on the development of a regional strategic plan for the water sector. The plan will propose possible solutions for the challenges facing the industry in the Caribbean, and will be presented at the 8th World Water Forum to be held in Brasilia, Brazil in March. The development of a strategic plan for the water sector in the Caribbean Region project is being supported by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). Despite several initiatives, many countries in the Region still struggle to provide potable water at an affordable rate, while covering operating costs. L. O’Reilly Lewis, Division Chief, Economic Infrastructure Department, CDB, said that some of the problems facing the water sector included issues posed by climate change, inadequate governance arrangements, and lack of financing and investment. “Pipes and water treatment plants alone will not solve our water challenges. The […]