Government & IDB Sign Tourism Industry Loan

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Government has signed a US$20 million loan with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a National Tourism Program, which is expected to give Barbados’ tourism industry a necessary fillip. Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, and Chief of Operations at the IDB, Francisco Javier Urra, signed the document last Friday, at Government Headquarters. The Program, which will be implemented over a …

Ministry Mourns Passing Of Late Economist

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Permanent Secretary in the Economic Affairs Division, Seibert Frederick, has described the late economist Charlie Skeete as always being “quite willing to offer advice and to propose recommendations to policymakers”. Mr. Frederick made the comments, while expressing condolences to Mr. Skeete’s family as they mourn his passing. Mr. Skeete, who was a former Senior Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank …

IDB Mission In Barbados This Week

Melissa Rollock Ministry News

Government’s Skills for the Future Programme (SFTF) will come under scrutiny when officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) attend an Administrative Mission from Monday, December 4 to Friday, December 8, to assess its progress. The mission, which is being executed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, is held to review the status of various components of …

B’dos Strengthening Ties With IDB Group

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Barbados is improving and strengthening its excellent relationship with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, who is also Barbados’ Governor of the IDB Group (IDBG), recently met with four Directors of the IDBG Board at Government Headquarters. Mr. Sinckler said during the courtesy call that he was “very pleased” to have the Directors …

Gov’t Signs US $34 Million IDB Loan

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a US $34 million loan agreement to finance a project to use cleaner fuels and renewable energy in Barbados. Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, and IDB Representative, Juan Carlos De La Hoz Viñas, signed the document on Wednesday at Government Headquarters. Mr. Sinckler said the programme would be …

Maintenance Of Schools A Concern

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

The issue of maintenance at schools has always been of concern to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harcourt Husbands. Senator Husbands revealed this today while addressing the opening of the Inter-American Development Bank’s XI School Infrastructure Regional Workshop on Learning in 21st Century Schools, at Accra Beach Hotel. While congratulating the IDB on …

IDB Workshop On School Maintenance

Joy-Ann Gill Ministry News

A regional workshop being held here at the Accra Beach Hotel in association with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is placing emphasis on the management of school maintenance across Latin America and the Caribbean. Dubbed Learning in 21st Century Schools, the XI School Infrastructure Regional Workshop has its origins in a 2011 dialogue in Chile. According to Senior Education Specialist …

250 Families To Benefit From Project

Deirdre Gittens Top Stories

A US$10 million dollar IDB funded project will benefit two hundred and fifty poverty-stricken Barbadian families. The project, entitled, Strengthening Human and Social Development in Barbados, aims to contribute towards the reduction of extreme poverty and unemployment across the island. During the launch of the initiative last Friday, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett, explained that the programme consists of three components: …

Social Care Ministry To Launch Project

Deirdre Gittens Ministry News

The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development is preparing to launch a new project which aims to reduce extreme poverty and unemployment in Barbados. Entitled Strengthening Human and Social Development, the project, which is being funded by a US$10 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), seeks to reduce inter-generational poverty in Barbados over a specified five year period. …

‘A Ganar’ Building Skills For The Future

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

By successfully completing the A Ganar program, Barbadian students are showing, more and more, their ability to develop skills and qualities required in the workplace. Education Lead Specialist with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg, underlined this recently in her address to over 250 students from secondary and post-secondary institutions, present at the A Ganar graduation ceremony, at …