Central Bank governors from across the Caribbean are to discuss how the region navigates out of the COVID-19 crisis.
A forum, dubbed “COVID and Economic Policy: Protecting Jobs, Businesses, and the Economy” has been organised for Thursday, June 25th.
The live-streamed audience-participation event will feature Timothy Antoine governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank; Dr Richard Byles of Bank of Jamaica; Dr Gobind Ganga of Bank of Guyana, and Central Bank of Barbados Governor Cleviston Haynes.
“COVID-19 has been a truly disruptive event,” said Governor Haynes, the host of the event.
“Even as we continue to deal with the public health issues, we have to address the economic impact, which affects us all. We’re being faced with major unemployment, curfews and shutdowns that have brought business activity to a halt, and increased Government spending on healthcare.”
The Central Bank of Barbados governor explained: “In this forum, we want to discuss the way forward for jobs, businesses and the overall economy. I am truly delighted that my regional counterparts are sharing the platform with me for these critical discussions.”
The June 25th forum will be live-streamed with Mr Haynes pointing out that the event will not just be for policymakers and academics.
“We want to hear from our citizens, their issues and their ideas. We encourage Caribbean people from Georgetown in Guyana to Kingston, Jamaica to join us.”
“This crisis has affected us all,” he stated. “The discussion about how we recover from it has to include us all. We are inviting Caribbean people from all walks of life to not only tune in, but also to participate.”
The upcoming forum is the first of several online Caribbean Economic Forums the Central Bank of Barbados will be hosting this year, will be moderated by veteran Caribbean journalist, Julian Rogers.
During the 90-minute event which starts at 8pm, the panellists will also take questions from viewers across the region via telephone, email, social media, and WhatsApp.