IDB urges Caribbean economies to invest in infrastructure to secure post-COVID growth


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has just released its latest Quarterly Bulletin, which you can download at this link. The analysis for Jamaica can be found at pages 58 – 63. The IDB notes: “The shock to Jamaica’s economic output in 2020 is likely to be the largest on record,” but adds: “The Government of … More IDB urges Caribbean economies to invest in infrastructure to secure post-COVID growth

ICYMI in Jamaica: September 29, 2020 – The Law and Order Edition


Well, the past week has been – I would say, chaotic. We point fingers at the Americans and the British madly partying during the pandemic, but we have had some shameful incidents ourselves. What has gone wrong? COVID-19 protocols are being flouted uptown, downtown and in rural areas. Gang violence seems to be on the … More ICYMI in Jamaica: September 29, 2020 – The Law and Order Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News


Jamaicans are election-weary and COVID-weary. With the first one out of the way (what a relief, really), we still have the second to contend with. September is generally considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and this year we have already had two brushes with Laura and Nana, but expect more rumblings from west … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News

Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?


Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?

At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19


This is such good news. I am sharing with you all, because it cannot come soon enough. Telemedicine has been talked about for long enough in Jamaica – now at last here is the opportunity provided by this pandemic to protect vulnerable groups – who should not be leaving home, and who don’t wish to … More At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge


Our tourism sector has not yet emerged from the doldrums. In Jamaica, while battling COVID-19 with what appear to be depleting resources, we “opened up” to tourism on June 15. Now, close to one month later, we seem to be just feeling our way. Nevertheless, our ever-upbeat Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told us a few … More Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Sector: The IDB’s Innovation Challenge

IDB Champions Caribbean’s Transition to Resilient Renewable Energy at CREF 2019


The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) is taking place in Miami this week. The Inter-American Development Bank is a major sponsor and will host sessions on the Blue Economy and on electric vehicles. I am not completely “sold” on the Blue Economy; I think the Caribbean may have already missed the boat, and where exactly … More IDB Champions Caribbean’s Transition to Resilient Renewable Energy at CREF 2019

Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit in Montego Bay on October 1


Debt is a big word for the Caribbean. So is crisis. Sometimes the two words go together. An important meeting – the Caribbean’s first debt summit – will take place this week in Montego Bay. Please see the press release below: Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit set for Montego Bay October 1 Kingston, Jamaica, September 23, 2019. … More Inaugural Caribbean Debt Summit in Montego Bay on October 1

Good Green News 2: National Meteorological Officers Undergo Climate Product and Climate Services Training


Our meteorological officers are now in training at the University of the West Indies – learning how to better gather and track climate change data. And data is critical to ensure that our policymakers make decisions in a range of areas that are impacted by climate change – decisions that are firmly based on science … More Good Green News 2: National Meteorological Officers Undergo Climate Product and Climate Services Training

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018