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Regional unemployment expected to rise again in 2017

May 12, 2017
Regional unemployment expected to rise again in 2017 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The average rate of urban unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean will rise again in 2017 to 9.2%, in a year characterized by modest economic growth that will not be sufficient to counteract the labour market’s weak conditions, according to a new report.

ECLAC assists Cayman Islands with new national energy policy

May 4, 2017
ECLAC assists Cayman Islands with new national energy policy GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has played a significant role in the formulation of a new National Energy Policy (NEP) recently completed by the government of the Cayman Islands.

ECLAC report considers use of blockchain technology to combat de-risking

May 2, 2017
ECLAC report considers use of blockchain technology to combat de-risking PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A newly published report prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has found that recent developments in the field of financial technology (FinTech), namely blockchain...

Trinidad to host digital financial services workshop

April 27, 2017
Trinidad to host digital financial services workshop PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On 27-28 April 2017, a digital financial services (DFS) workshop will be convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to update policy makers in the Caribbean about the latest trends in financial technology. The workshop is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America...

Commentary: Multilateralism is a key element in promoting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

April 25, 2017
Commentary: Multilateralism is a key element in promoting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development The end of last year and the start of the current one were marked by major changes and enormous uncertainties, although there were also some notable advances and great opportunities, both at the global level and for Latin America and the Caribbean. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...

ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

April 18, 2017
ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience significant disabilities. With populations ageing and an increasing number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases...

ECLAC lays out framework for building a competitive Caribbean economy

March 31, 2017
ECLAC lays out framework for building a competitive Caribbean economy SANTIAGO, Chile -- In order to build a competitive economy, Caribbean countries must engage in economic restructuring and diversification practices in several areas, including agriculture, transportation and telecommunications. This, according to the latest policy brief from the Economic Commission...

ECLAC hosts disaster seminar and training in Barbados

March 14, 2017
ECLAC hosts disaster seminar and training in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean takes its disaster assessment expertise to Barbados from 14-16 March 2017, for a seminar that will benefit representatives of national...

Commentary: Labour Market: The key to women's equality in the Caribbean and Latin America

March 8, 2017
Commentary: Labour Market: The key to women's equality in the Caribbean and Latin America Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the last four decades and without interruption, states have met to debate and commit politically to eradicating gender discrimination and inequality and moving toward guaranteeing the full exercise of women’s...

ECLAC promotes integrated national development planning in the Caribbean

February 14, 2017
ECLAC promotes integrated national development planning in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is promoting integrated development planning as a key element of national strategy towards achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Caribbean. This will be the...

Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad

January 28, 2017
Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week convened a four-day training course in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to improve the ability of policymakers from eight Caribbean countries...

Caribbean SIDS receive support in building capacity to produce SDG indicators

December 7, 2016
Caribbean SIDS receive support in building capacity to produce SDG indicators PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Countries in the sub-region are set to meet to identify a set of core indicators, from among the global indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that the Caribbean would regard as essential to produce.  This meeting, which is taking place in Port of Spain...

Letter: Response to article on tax havens and the 2030 agenda of ECLAC

November 29, 2016
Letter: Response to article on tax havens and the 2030 agenda of ECLAC You published an article by Alicia Bárcena, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which contains the most ignorant and one sided critique on the global financial system that I have ever seen. Her article contains 14 references...

Commentary: Tax havens and funding the 2030 agenda

November 22, 2016
Commentary: Tax havens and funding the 2030 agenda Putting an end to tax evasion, tax avoidance and illicit flows of capital is a key element in mobilizing the financial resources needed to progress toward the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In that context, the international challenge of dealing with tax havens...

ECLAC delivers 'strong answer' to budgeting process needs of Caribbean public administrations

October 4, 2016
ECLAC delivers 'strong answer' to budgeting process needs of Caribbean public administrations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has provided a “strong answer” to what senior public officials across the Caribbean have been searching for in order to improve the budgeting process of public administrations.

Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation The latest good tidings confirm that we are living through a change of era in Latin America. The building of peace will be the great force behind and the opportunity for progressive structural change, with equality, which will embrace as its own the goals of sustainable development.

Following Hurricane Earl, ECLAC sets the groundwork for disaster assessment in Belize

September 14, 2016
Following Hurricane Earl, ECLAC sets the groundwork for disaster assessment in Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A team lead by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean carried out a mission to hurricane-struck Belize, to provide support to the government in its effort to undertake comprehensive...

Improved budgeting process on the horizon in St Kitts-Nevis, as ECLAC wraps-up training

August 10, 2016
Improved budgeting process on the horizon in St Kitts-Nevis, as ECLAC wraps-up training BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A recent training workshop facilitated by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean has “opened the eyes” of the ministry of finance of St Kitts and Nevis on how budgeting can be done...

Caribbean growth rate to contract this year, says new ECLAC report

July 28, 2016
Caribbean growth rate to contract this year, says new ECLAC report SANTIAGO, Chile -- Latin American and Caribbean countries will show a -0.8% contraction in their growth rate in 2016, marking a steeper decline than in 2015 (-0.5%) and with very heterogeneous behaviour among countries and subregions, according to a new report released on Wednesday...

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...

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