(BROOKLYN, New York): Barbados’s Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, recently traveled to the United States to attend the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/ World Bank conference on Building Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change in the Caribbean.

Mottley, who was recently in Trinidad and Tobago delivering the annual dinner and awards presentation of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club was one of the lead speakers in the session entitled: Taking Stock of Efforts to Build Resilience, which focused on why countries in the Caribbean invest so little in building resilience.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was the featured speaker at the one-day conference which addressed financial solutions for disaster risk management and Prime Minister Mottley was part of the panel discussion on: The Way Forward.

The conference’s aim was to bring together key stakeholders, including senior policymakers, donors, and multilateral development partners, to explore options for supporting countries in their efforts to build resilience and to create innovative disaster risk financing policies. The conference also explored options and innovative financial protection solutions for Caribbean countries, the scope for regional solutions, obstacles to their implementation and appropriate remedial measures.

Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes and Economic Advisor to the government of Barbados, Dr. Kevin Greenidge, also attended the high-level conference.

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