After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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Different realities, similar difficultiesDenzil Thorpe, director of Social Security of Jamaica, explained how his country is developing an electronic registry of people with disabilities. “This visit,”... Show More + he said “has been an excellent opportunity to see how things are done in Ecuador to be able to replicate it.”The group leader of Haiti, Guerline Dardignac, said that her country hopes to attain achievements like those of Ecuador. “Currently in Haiti, we have no reliable data, no statistics that would allow us to identify how many people with disabilities there are and where they are. We want to make a registry to be able to develop public policy.”Cristhian Córdova, of the Peruvian National Council for the Integration of People with Disabilities, said: “In the area of disabilities, Ecuador is becoming a true laboratory for Latin America. In Peru, we have launched a pilot program to generate evidence so we can replicate the experience in the rest of the country.”While every country is diff Show Less -
Investment climate, infrastructure, skills key for private sector-led growthKINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, January 17, 2013—Inclusive growth that generates jobs and opportunities for all... Show More + citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was at the center of a high-level national conference hosted today by the country at the Methodist Church Hall. The conference is part of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), a two-year regional platform for dialogue to foster higher levels of economic growth with opportunities for all in the Caribbean.The CGF is a partnership between the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Compete Caribbean, with support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The CGF builds on existing partnerships and involves stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society, as well as the Caribbean Di Show Less -