NEW CDB PRESIDENT PAYS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO GUYANA
President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, has just completed his first official visit to a borrowing member country of the Bank. Dr. Smith led a CDB mission to Georgetown, Guyana, from May 4-5, 2011, during his first week in office. He assumed the CDB presidency on May 1.
Dr. Smith met with the President of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, and with Minister of Finance, Dr. The Hon. Ashni Singh. He told his Guyanese hosts that it was a happy coincidence that the first official visit of his presidency was to Guyana, since that country maintained its commitment to CDB, even when it was experiencing the most difficult economic conditions. He said that Guyana is on the cusp of exciting economic developments, and that CDB wishes to be a serious partner with Guyana in charting the way forward for the country.
Dr. Singh assured Dr. Smith of Guyana’s full and unqualified support in carrying out his vision for the Bank. During his visit, the CDB President had the opportunity to tour a CDB-financed Technical and Vocational Education Training project under implementation in Leonora, West Bank Demerara.
CDB delegation headed by Dr. Smith included Director of Projects, Mrs. Tessa Williams-Robertson; Chief, Social Sector Division, Mrs. Yvonne Moses Grant; Officer-in-Charge, Economic Infrastructure Division, Mr. Andrew Dupigny, and Information Officer, Dr. Sharon Marshall.
The delegation reviewed the portfolio of CDB-financed projects in Guyana with officials of the Ministry of Finance and the relevant sector ministries.