Richard Branson, global business leader and founder of the Virgin Group, is to participate in the 7th Annual Caribbean Governor's Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) which opened yesterday and continues today at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
Branson and former president of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, are participating in the high-level meeting to provide insight on how the Caribbean can take advantage of the opportunities for accelerating growth, building resilience to natural disasters, developing policies to improve productivity, and creating vibrant sustainable economies through the digital and technological revolutions.
The Government of Jamaica is hosting the meeting of the Caribbean governors — the finance and planning ministers of the IDBs Caribbean member states. Governors will focus on digital innovation to improve lives under the theme '#JumpCaribbean'.
The Caribbean Governor's Meeting aims to help the Caribbean embrace, strategically, the reality of the digital revolution. Importantly, the IDB wants the region to tap into technology and apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment, and advance development.
IDB governors are expected from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago as well as IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, other senior officials of the IDB, and D. William Warren Smith, the president of the Caribbean Development Bank.
Therese Turner-Jones, general manager for the IDB's Caribbean Country Department, noted via a recent news release that, “At the upcoming meeting, the Caribbean has the opportunity to seize the moment, to ignite the changes needed to create a better and brighter future. As the leading development partner in the region, the IDB looks forward to fresh ideas and innovative perspectives that take full advantage of the digital and technological revolution. This is key to improving lives of the people of the region.”
The meeting will include a series of bilateral and plenary sessions and is intended to prepare the Caribbean governors and the IDB's management for substantive deliberations on the future direction of the institution, which deliberations are anticipated at the IDB's annual general meeting to be held in Mendoza, Argentina, on March 22-25.