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Senior government officials call for greater autonomy and gender equality across the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
Senior government officials call for greater autonomy and gender equality across the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- High-level government officials and senior international gender experts are calling for more to be done to ensure the economic and social autonomy of Caribbean women. Within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the opportunities...

ECLAC team trains Belize public finance managers

July 22, 2016
ECLAC team trains Belize public finance managers BELMOPAN, Belize -- Twenty government officials from Belize benefitted from a one week workshop to build capacity in conducting public expenditure reviews (PERs), focusing on applications for education, health, agriculture and social protection. PERs are intended to align expenditures...

Turks and Caicos has one of the fastest growing populations in the Caribbean

July 21, 2016
Turks and Caicos has one of the fastest growing populations in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The population of the Turks and Caicos Islands could reach 55,498 people by the year 2027 – compared with 32,199 in 2012 – according to the medium projection in a joint report on Wednesday today by the Economic Commission for Latin America and...

Dominica is CARICOM forerunner in renewable energy use, latest ECLAC report reveals

July 21, 2016
Dominica is CARICOM forerunner in renewable energy use, latest ECLAC report reveals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- With renewables accounting for 28 percent of electricity generation, Dominica is the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member that consumes the largest proportion of its energy from renewable sources according to a newly released Economic Commission...

Caribbean summit embraces proposal for debt relief

June 11, 2016
Caribbean summit embraces proposal for debt relief HAVANA, Cuba -- The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) fully supported the debt relief initiative presented by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which, among other measures, proposes the creation of a resilience fund as part of a strategy...

ECLAC convenes regional policy dialogue and training workshop in Trinidad

May 17, 2016
ECLAC convenes regional policy dialogue and training workshop in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- High level decision makers make ready to seize the many opportunities to be gained through initiatives in renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean, as ECLAC convenes a regional policy dialogue and training workshop, with the support of...

Commentary: Progressive structural change with a 2030 horizon

May 16, 2016
Commentary: Progressive structural change with a 2030 horizon The world today is undergoing a change of era. The unprecedented rise in global inequality, the increasingly severe effects of climate change and the ambivalent role played by the technological revolution, which multiplies capacities and threatens employment, are signs revealing that the...

ECLAC to enhance member states' ability to forecast public expenditure

May 14, 2016
ECLAC to enhance member states' ability to forecast public expenditure PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senior policy makers from the ministries of finance, education, health and agriculture in three Caribbean states recently received a comprehensive introduction to the ECLAC Development Account project, “Strengthening the technical capacity of public...

ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts

April 23, 2016
ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has made a call for the creation of a Caribbean Resilience Fund as part of a debt alleviation strategy based on a climate change swap proposal. “The swap will involve the use of pledged...

Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis

April 16, 2016
Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A proposal to address the Caribbean’s high debt burden and strategies to achieve sustainable development in the region will be the focus of discussions when two important meetings of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)...

Policymakers meet in Trinidad to discuss attainment of SDGs for the Caribbean

April 6, 2016
Policymakers meet in Trinidad to discuss attainment of SDGs for the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was due to be the main focus of discussion at a meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Tuesday. Policymakers, representatives from...

New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis

April 5, 2016
New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are jointly hosting a regional capacity building workshop in Kingston, Jamaica from 4-15 April 2016.

ECLAC supports St Lucia's drive towards renewable energy

March 15, 2016
ECLAC supports St Lucia's drive towards renewable energy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean is actively supporting the government of Saint Lucia as the country transitions from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Senior policymakers to meet in St Kitts to discuss Caribbean debt relief

March 10, 2016
Senior policymakers to meet in St Kitts to discuss Caribbean debt relief BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Caribbean office will convene the fourth meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable (CDR) in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, on April 21, 2016.

New partnership to strengthen disaster assessment in the Caribbean

February 17, 2016
New partnership to strengthen disaster assessment in the Caribbean PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is partnering with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in its effort to strengthen the ability of countries across Latin America and the Caribbean...

Caribbean experiences build Latin American expertise

February 8, 2016
Caribbean experiences build Latin American expertise LIMA, Peru -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has applied its experience in the Caribbean towards building the disaster assessment capacity in Peru’s National Center for Estimation, Prevention and...

Latin American and Caribbean economies will grow just 0.2pct in 2016 in complex global scenario

December 18, 2015
Latin American and Caribbean economies will grow just 0.2pct in 2016 in complex global scenario SANTIAGO, Chile -- Latin American and Caribbean economies will contract -0.4% on average in 2015 and will grow just 0.2% next year, affected by a complex external scenario, according to new projections unveiled on Thursday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief

December 9, 2015
ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief PARIS, France -- The possibilities for integrating the twin imperatives of pursuing climate resilience and debt reduction with a proposal for debt for climate adaptation swaps, was due to be considered at a side event held during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21).

Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action

December 8, 2015
Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action At the 21 Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, the governments of the world face the challenge of reaching an agreement to limit global temperature rise to below...

Caribbean experience helps strengthen Peruvian disaster capacity

October 30, 2015
Caribbean experience helps strengthen Peruvian disaster capacity LIMA, Peru -- Peru is among the countries of Latin America that is most vulnerable to natural disasters. The establishment of the National Center for Disaster Assessment, Prevention and Risk Reduction (CENEPRED) is among the most significant efforts undertaken in recent times by the Peruvian government...

Guyana airlift increases as additional airlines enter the market

October 26, 2015
Guyana airlift increases as additional airlines enter the market GEORGETOWN, Guyana-- A decade ago, Guyana was only served by a few airlines. Today that number has more than doubled, and airlines have also increased their frequency on existing routes in recent weeks. Moreover, more international carriers are set to enter the Guyana market in the near future.

ECLAC Caribbean talks to Trinidad students about disasters

October 13, 2015
ECLAC Caribbean talks to Trinidad students about disasters PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- For the first time ever, students from Trinidad have received first-hand information on disaster assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional office in Port of Spain. A team from the ECLAC Port of Spain office visited the...

Trinidad and Tobago agencies receive training in disaster assessment

October 10, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago agencies receive training in disaster assessment PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In an effort to increase technical cooperation with its host country, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean recently co-organized with the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Latin America and the Caribbean are not an economic entity

October 10, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Latin America and the Caribbean are not an economic entity Is it helpful to describe Latin America and the Caribbean as if it were a single entity? What does this do to the way the Caribbean is perceived? In recent years the expression Latin America and the Caribbean, or LAC for short, has become a catch-all, used increasingly to view trends in nations that are...

St Lucia hosts ECLAC workshop on access rights in environmental matters

August 26, 2015
St Lucia hosts ECLAC workshop on access rights in environmental matters CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Caribbean countries met on August 24-25 in Saint Lucia to identify opportunities for collective action on the path towards the full implementation of access rights to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters, enshrined...

ECLAC disaster assessment package targets policy makers and children in Costa Rica

August 1, 2015
ECLAC disaster assessment package targets policy makers and children in Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Policy makers and children in Costa Rica will soon be better prepared to prevent and deal with disasters, as ECLAC Caribbean brings its disaster assessment package to the country. Officials from ECLAC Caribbean will visit Costa Rica from 3-5 August, at the invitation of the...

Economic 'slowdown' predicted for Latin America and Caribbean in 2015

July 30, 2015
Economic 'slowdown' predicted for Latin America and Caribbean in 2015 SANTIAGO, Chile -- Panama will lead Latin America and the Caribbean countries in economic growth that will average 0.5 percent in 2015, according to United Nations projections released on Wednesday, which note that, to reverse the region’s economic slowdown, more investments are needed...

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