Antigua & Barbuda Growth Forum Chapter launches

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration, in collaboration with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Caribbean Development Bank will be launching the Antigua & Barbuda Chapter of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) at the Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort today.

The CGF is a new regional platform for dialogue to foster higher levels of equitable, sustainable, economic growth with opportunities for all countries in the region.

The purpose of this initiative is to bring key players together to address the barriers to private sector development and to identify immediate and short-term interventions to create jobs and promote economic growth

One hundred and fifty participants from a cross-section of the private sector, the public sector and civil society will be invited to the forum.

Regional and international development agencies such as the ECCB, IMF and World Bank will also be attending.

Participants will discuss key factors relating to logistics and connectivity, investment climate and skills and productivity that have the greatest potential to contribute to economic growth in Antigua and Barbuda.

This collaborative effort is expected to expose synergies and identify opportunities for partnerships among the participants.

The Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) is an initiative to identify policies and initiatives aimed at inducing growth and creating jobs in the Caribbean region through analytics work, knowledge exchange and inclusive dialogue.

Three priority areas – skills & productivity; investment climate; logistics and connectivity – were selected to be the main focus of research and dialogue over the next year.