When the Caribbean Development Bank was established in the 1969, its mandate was advancing the economic growth and development of its Borrowing Member Countries and advocating for economic cooperation and integration with particular attention to the less developed. Under the visionary leadership of Sir Arthur Lewis, the Bank set out on an evolutionary path to not only accelerate the economic development of Caribbean states but also improve the living standards of the region’s people.
Now, more than half a century later, the institution has transformed in response to the varying needs of its clients. Countries who, have now been impacted by economic events and adjustments, natural disasters and not one but two global pandemics. For our President’s Chat we are joined by Past President, Professor Dr. Compton Bourne who served the Bank from 2001 - 2011 (who joins virtually), and incumbent Dr Gene Leon in a ground-breaking event. We will examine, in a meaningful way the individual eras represented and the unique circumstances faced by each as well as how lessons from the past can help us face the future.