CDB president meets with PM Holness, reaffirms commitment to Jamaica

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President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Gene Leon (bottom row, left) met virtually yesterday with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness (upper row, centre). Dr Leon reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to Jamaica and his intention to collaborate more closely with the government to support the country’s development agenda. Dr Leon was joined by CDB executives: Director of Economics, Ian Durant, (lower row, centre) and Advisor to the President, Dorla Humes (lower row, right). The Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke (upper row, right) and Financial Secretary, Darlene Morrison were also in attendance.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr Gene Leon, has reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to Jamaica and his intention to collaborate more closely with stakeholders to support the country’s development agenda.

Dr Leon, who took office in May, had his first official meeting with the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, yesterday.

“Jamaica is one of the bank’s largest shareholders and we are committed to working with the Government and the people in a way that makes a difference for the country and strengthens the region as a whole,” the CDB president said at the virtual meeting.

CDB’s work programme for Jamaica is focused on strengthening project implementation capacity; improving productivity and competitiveness; increasing access to tertiary education and vocational training; and enhancing social development. The bank is currently financing major projects in several parishes which will improve agricultural production.

During yesterday’s discussions, areas cited for future enhanced collaboration include increased technical support for project implementation, dealing with the impacts of climate change, and promoting digital transformation.

Prime minister Holness said: “The Caribbean Development Bank continues to be a significant development partner. We are confident that under Dr Leon’s leadership that partnership will be strengthened. We look forward to further engagement on urgent developmental priorities to chart a course for a strong and fast recovery from the pandemic.”

Dr Leon was joined by CDB executives: vice-president (operations), Isaac Solomon, director of economics, Ian Durant, and advisor to the president, Dorla Humes. Minister of finance and the public service, Dr Nigel Clarke and financial secretary, Darlene Morrison were also among those in attendance.

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