Ratings
Moody’s: AA1/Stable
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S&P: AA+/Stable
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Fitch: AA+/Negative
Location

Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados, West Indies

Year established
1969

OVERVIEW

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is a regional financial institution established by an Agreement signed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1969. CDB intends to be the leading catalyst for development resources in the Region, working in an efficient, responsive and collaborative manner with our Borrowing Member Countries and other development partners, towards the systematic reduction of poverty in their countries through sustainable development.

PRESIDENT

Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon

Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon is the sixth President of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the regional development finance institution based in Barbados. He was elected at a Special Meeting of the CDB Board of Governors held on January 19, 2021 for a five-year term, and assumed office on May 4, 2021. He is an alumnus of University of Southampton and has over 30 years of experience in economic development and has directed macroeconomic and financial policy support to government authorities in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia and the Caribbean. He is supported by a strong management team.

President Dr. Leon in black suit with white shirt and patterned lilac tie

Management Team

Yvette Lemonias Seale
Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary
Daniel Best
Director, Projects Department
Isaac Solomon
Vice-President (Operations)
Diana Wilson Patrick
General Counsel
Malcolm Buamah
Chief Risk Officer
Ian Durant
Director, Department of Economics
Earl Estrado
Director of Finance and Information and Technology Solutions
Phillip Brown
Director of Human Resources and Administration

MEMBERSHIP

CDB has a total of 28 member countries, including 19 regional borrowing members, 4 regional non-borrowing members, and 5 non-regional, non-borrowing members.

Regional Borrowing Shareholders
Anguilla
0.16%
Antigua and Barbuda
0.77%
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
5.10%
Barbados
3.24%
Belize
0.77%
British Virgin Islands*
* classified as a single member
0.19%
Cayman Islands*
* classified as a single member
0.19%
Commonwealth of Dominica
0.77%
Grenada
0.66%
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
3.72%
Republic of Haiti
0.78%
Jamaica
17.31%
Montserrat*
* classified as a single member
0.19%
St. Kitts and Nevis
0.77%
Saint Lucia
0.77%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
0.77%
Suriname
1.49%
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
17.31%
Turks and Caicos Islands*
* classified as a single member
0.19%
Regional Non-Borrowing Shareholders
Mexico
2.79%
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
2.79%
Colombia
2.79%
Brazil
1.12%
Non-Regional Non-Borrowing Shareholders
Canada
9.31%
People's Republic of China
5.58%
Germany
5.58%
Italy
5.58%
United Kingdom
9.31%

Operations

CDB’s main goals are to promote sustainable economic development and to reduce poverty. Its primary financial objective is to earn adequate operational income to maintain financial strength and to sustain its developmental activities. The operations of the Bank are divided into two categories, ordinary operations and special operations.

Ordinary Operations

Ordinary operations are financed from the Bank’s Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR) which comprises share capital, borrowings raised in the capital markets, lines of credit from commercial and other multilateral institutions and internally generated equity.

Special Operations

Special operations are financed from the Special Funds Resources (SFR), comprising the Special Development Fund (SDF) and Other Special Funds (OSF).

SECTORS

CDB provides loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to Members to help them achieve their development goals. This is supported through investments in economic and social infrastructure; education and training; agriculture and rural development; private sector development; water and sanitation; environmental management; climate resilience; energy efficiency and renewable energy; and disaster risk management.

FINANCIAL POSITION

ANNUAL REPORTS

The Annual Report of the Board of Directors to the Board of Governors reviews CDB’s operations, programmes and initiatives, human resources management, external relations and partnerships, and financial management, and includes the financial statements and reports of the independent auditors and appendices. The Report also reviews economic developments in the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries and Regional sector performance.

VIEW REPORTS
Financials

All figures are as of December 31, 2019 unless otherwise specified.

Capital
Capable Capital
$1,375.10 mn
Paid-In Capital
$388.50 mn
Total Subscribed Capital
$1,763.60 mn
Assets
Net Loan Portfolio
$1,249.30 mn
Total Assets
$2,095.50 mn
Outstanding Borrowings
$1,103.20 mn
Total Equity
$933.6 mn
Liquidity

CDB’s strong liquidity position reflected in compliance with its monitoring threshold at net 3 years funding requirement or 40% of undisbursed commitments, whichever is greater.  CDB has been in compliance with these thresholds in keeping with Management’s decision to maintain high liquidity levels.
 

Funding
  • Lines of credit from multilateral institutions
  • Market borrowings
  • Equity from shareholders
  • Retained earnings
  • Contribution from shareholders to Special Funds
  • Contingency funding from highly rated international banks

Capital Markets & Borrowings

The Bank completes its requirements based on its liquidity needs.

Our Funding Strategy
  • To offer investors a diversified product mix
  • To borrow resources at rates below those which BMCs can access with their balance sheets
  • To approximate the term of borrowings to that of its loans
Bonds

Bonds are issued when liquidity is needed.

Overall Treasury Portfolio Distribution by Region

ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT

CDB has a dedicated independent Office of Risk Management function, responsible for managing the entire enterprise risk management position of the Bank. The function is led by a Chief Risk Officer reporting directly to the President and Board of Directors.

EXPOSURE MANAGEMENT

CDB actively manages its exposure through active credit surveillance, application of limit controls and monitoring of exposures.

LOAN PORTFOLIO COMPOSITION

CDB maintains its efforts to diversify its portfolio by targeting highly rated BMCs for new business growth, while also reducing exposure to challenged credits via the target review and cancelling of aged, undisbursed balances. 

An overview of the loan portfolio as of December 31, 2019 is represented in the graph below. 

Anguilla
5%
Antigua and Barbuda
9%
Bahamas
4%
Barbados
15%
Belize
10%
British Virgin Islands
7%
Cayman Islands
0%
Dominica
2%
Grenada
3%
Guyana
2%
Jamaica
11%
Regional
1%
St. Kitts and Nevis
2%
St. Lucia
5%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
9%
Suriname
7%
Trinidad and Tobago
2%
Turks and Caicos Islands
0%
PILLAR III RISK DISCLOSURE

CDB has undertaken to discharge our enhanced risk disclosure reporting obligations by ensuring our risk positions and developments are captured in our annual reports and website on a regular basis.

Governance

CDB has strengthened its governance significantly with improvements in its Internal Audit capacity; expansion of the role of its Board Assurance Oversight Committee to include risk, independent investigations and compliance; approved a Strategic Framework for Integrity, Compliance and Accountability and established an independent office in that regard.

Sector Snapshot

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

CDB has been scaling up support to accelerate the implementation of projects and programmes to improve access to clean and affordable energy across the Caribbean.

Climate Action

CDB has been working to improve environment and social safeguard issues, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience in its BMCs.

Education

CDB’s investments in education focus on sustainable outcomes through quality and education systems enhancement.

Partnerships

CDB, in collaboration with development partners, has been working to accelerate Regional development. Recent programme and project partnerships include the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund; European Investment Bank Climate Action Line of Credit; and the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund.

Rating agency reports

The major rating agencies Moody’s and S&P have assigned a ‘Aa1/Stable’ & ‘AA+/Negative’ rating respectively to CDB’s OCR, the bank’s primary operations. 

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