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News Release No. 6/08-BG – Canada to host CDB Annual Meeting

  April 17, 2008 No. 6/08-BG   NEWS RELEASE   CANADA TO HOST CDB ANNUAL MEETING   The Government of Canada will host the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) next month. The meeting will be held in the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 28 and 29 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.  The Governors’ meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the Bank’s Board of Directors (Monday, May 26), and by the Annual Meeting of Contributors to CDB’s Special Development Fund (Tuesday, May 27), the concessionary window from which grants, as well as loans on more favourable terms than from the Bank’s ordinary operations, are made to CDB’s borrowing members. In the evening of the 27th, the William G. Demas Memorial Lecture, which honours the memory of CDB’s second President, William Gilbert Demas, will also be held prior to the Governors’ meeting.  These activities will take place at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in […]


7th March, 2008

March 7, 2008No. 4/08-BD  CDB to Finance Project Cycle Training for Haitian Public Sector Officials  The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved financing equivalent to USD1.8 million to finance a training programme for public sector officials in Haiti. The approval was granted at a meeting of the Bank’s Board of Directors on March 5, 2008.This funding will be used to engage the services of a consultant to design and prepare training courses in Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis, and in Project Management; as well as to develop a set of training manuals to enable training on an ongoing basis. It will also finance the participation of 12 Haitian public service officials in a training-of-trainers course in Project Management. A generalised shortage of qualified public servants and the limited technical expertise available at all levels of the public service is compromising the overall efficiency of the operations of the Haitian Government. The intervention by CDB is part of an effort to address this deficiency. CDB also intends to strengthen the institutional […]


News Release No. 3/0g-G – CDB’s Poverty Reduction Programme to be Reviewed

January 25, 2008 No. 3/08 – G CDB’s Poverty Reduction Programme to be Reviewed The Social Sector Division of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will be hosting a Regional Meeting of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) programme, which is often referred to as CDB’s Flagship Poverty Reduction Programme. The Meeting is entitled “Programme Performance: Mid-Term Evaluation and Annual Programme Performance Review 2007” and will be held from January 28 to 31, 2008, at the CDB Conference Centre, Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados. Approximately 30 senior officials from the ten BNTF recipient countries are expected to attend. BNTF has as its mission to provide resources to poor communities to improve access to basic public services, enhance employability and reduce socio-economic vulnerability. Findings and recommendations of the draft BNTF Mid-Term Evaluation report will be discussed. Countries will also present their Annual Project Performance Reports 2007 and identify strategies for further augmenting performance of the programme. The upcoming Meeting is part of the BNTF Workshop Series convened by CDB to bring programme stakeholders […]


News Release No 1/08-G – CDB to host discussions in St. Vincent on domestic violence

January 15, 2008No. 1/08 – G NEWS RELEASE   CDB to Host Discussion In St. Vincent  on Domestic ViolenceThe issue of domestic violence will be the focus of a discussion to be hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday, January 23. A recent news report from the independent media institution, PANOS, identified the need to reduce domestic violence as a pervasive one throughout the Caribbean. It stated that “More than a decade after many English-speaking Caribbean courts were granted the power to issue restraining orders to victims of domestic violence, and other laws have been crafted to reduce the phenomenon, the murder and disability rate attributed to domestic violence is still a troubling problem.”Unmasking Domestic Violence: Building Equality, Peace and Development is the title of the CDB-sponsored programme, which is part of the Bank’s public outreach series entitled a Special CDB Discussion Forum. Dr. Diane Douglas, a prominent clinical psychologist from Trinidad and Tobago, will be the keynote speaker. She is currently an […]


Professor Clive Thomas to Deliver Sixth William G. Demas Memorial Lecture

Professor Clive Thomas, Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Guyana, will deliver the Sixth William G. Demas Memorial Lecture. The title of Prof. Thomas’ address will be The Development Glass: Half Empty or Half Full – Perspectives on Caribbean Development. The lecture is scheduled for May 17, 2005, at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. Prof. Thomas has had a distinguished career as a University Professor and Researcher. He has held Visiting Professorships in Africa (University of Dar-es-Salaam), Canada (Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Norman Patterson School of International Relations), USA (Leonard O’Connor Professor, Colgate University), and the West Indies (George Beckford Professor in Caribbean Economy). He is the author/co-author of 15 books/research monographs and over 140 academic articles and contributions to books. He has presented invited papers to a similar number of academic conferences, symposia, and seminars. Having served as a member of numerous Boards, Committees, and Expert Groups dealing with development issues, Prof. Thomas is well qualified to address the […]