Central Bank of Barbados, UWI and the IMF Hosting Conference to Discuss Caribbean’s Economic Challenges
The International Monetary Fund, the University of the West Indies, and the Central Bank of Barbados are jointly organizing a conference in Bridgetown, Barbados from January 27-28, 2011 to discuss issues related to Caribbean regional economic growth, debt, and their associated policy challenges. The Conference is entitled: Options for the Caribbean After the Global Financial Crisis.
“We want to bring together academics, researchers, and policymakers to share their knowledge and experience on the most important economic and financial issues on the Caribbean,” said Alfred Schipke, chief of the Caribbean 1 division of the IMF, which oversees six countries in the region. “The aim is to help the Caribbean countries seize the opportunities and meet the challenges of high and sustained growth as the global economy recovers from the Great Recession,” he added,
“This conference will be an excellent opportunity to broaden the discussion and for the academic community to influence the formulation of IMF programs,” said Dr. Andrew Downes, director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies of the University of the West Indies in Barbados, and a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for the Western Hemisphere.
In addition to the technical presentations, the conference will feature a Town Hall Meeting on the evening of January 26 at which the “Ask the IMF” programme will be launched, giving Caribbean tertiary students an opportunity to give their perspectives on key economic issues and policy measures, engaging senior IMF officials in the process.