Caribbean Growth Forum – Belize Meeting
February 29-March 02, 2016Belize City

The meeting will bring together key partners of the Caribbean Growth Forum from 14 Caribbean nations to take stock on key lessons learned and next steps for countries to renew their commitments to sustainable growth.

Nearly four years on, over 2,500 government, private sector, civil society leaders from 15 Caribbean countries have participated in this public private dialogue and are working together to spur growth in the region  – implementing over 100 reforms to boost skills, productivity and the overall business climate.

The meeting will provide answers on how to create result based roadmaps to shape national reforms and help track the implementation of actions linked to these reforms.

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16:00-18:00     Registration

18:00-20:00     Cocktail reception


8:30-9:30         Final discussion and approval of the Communique launching Phase 2 of the CGF

Closed door session with Government Focal Points

9.30-10:30       Opening and reading of the Belize communique

Press event hosted by the Government of Belize with CGF participants

Opening Remarks and Declaration by Hon. Tracy Panton, Minister of State - Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade & Commerce, Government of Belize

                        Keynote by Hon. Winston DaCosta Jordan, Minister of Finance, Government of Guyana

Remarks by CGF Secretariat: Ms. Sophie Sirtaine, Country Director for the Caribbean, World Bank Group; Mr. Ian Durant, Deputy Director, Economics Department, Caribbean Development Bank President; Mr. Jose Manuel Ruiz on behalf of Ms. Cassandra Rogers, Country Representative Belize, Inter-American Development Bank  

10:30-11:00     Coffee Break

11:00-12:45     Reform Implementation: From the CGF Dashboards to Enhanced Roadmaps

Mr. Steve Utterwulghe, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank

12:45-14:00     Lunch, “Perspectives from the Civil Society”


14:00-15:30     Reform Implementation: From Planning to action – The Rapid Results Initiative


                        Ms. Hirut M’Cleod, Leadership Development Specialist, World Bank        

15:30-16:30     Knowledge Dissemination and Creation

Ms. Cecile Niang, Program Leader, World Bank; Mr. Ian Durant, Deputy Director, Economics Department, Caribbean Development Bank; Mr. Jose Jorge Saavedra, Lead Operations Specialist, Caribbean Department, Interamerican Development Bank

A working coffee break will be offered during the session

16:30-17:30     CGF Communications Framework and Stakeholder Engagement

                       Ms. Christelle Chapoy, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank

17:30-17:45     Closing of Proceedings



9:15-9:30         Welcome Remarks

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Workshop

9:30-10:00       Lessons learned from building healthy entrepreneurship ecosystems

Mr. Steven Koltai, Managing Director, Koltai&Co

10:00-10:45     Mapping priority reforms to strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems in the Caribbean: Group exercise

                        Ms. Sophia Muradyan, Program Officer, World Bank

A working coffee break will be offered during the session

10:45-11:30     Mapping priority reforms to strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems in the Caribbean: Presentation by each group & discussion

11:30-11:45     Discussion Summary and Wrap-up

11:45-12:00     Perspective on entrepreneurship development and innovation in the Caribbean

                        Ms. Cecile Fruman, Senior Director of Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank

12:00-12:15     Closing of Technical Meetings

12:30-17:30     Agribusiness field visit in the Cayo district

                        A packed lunch will be offered to participants

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