IMF Convenes Caribbean Forum on Sustainable GrowthPress Release No. 13/337
September 12, 2013
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ministry of Finance of The Bahamas will hold a conference on “Building Growth into the Caribbean Sustainability Agenda—a Concerted Approach,” on September 19 and 20, 2013 in Nassau, The Bahamas. The conference is being held in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the World Bank.
“The goal is to discuss how to restore growth in the Caribbean while addressing fiscal and debt sustainability objectives,” said Adrienne Cheasty, Deputy Director in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department.
The event, a follow-up to last year’s high-level conference in Trinidad and Tobago on rethinking policy priorities, will gather finance ministers, central bank governors, and other high-ranking officials from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and, Trinidad and Tobago.
“The conference will bring to the table all of the major stakeholders with a view to developing a shared, comprehensive vision for growth in the region,” Ms. Cheasty said.
The Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of The Bahamas, will open the conference. Delegations from the international financial institutions will be led by Mr. Min Zhu, IMF Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Warren Smith, President of the CDB; Mr. Luis Moreno, President of the IDB; Mr. Jean Philippe Prosper, Vice President of the IFC; and Mr. Hasan Tuluy, Vice President of the World Bank.