IDB’s Third Annual Retreat of Caribbean Civil Society Groups set for Bridgetown

The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Third Annual Retreat of Caribbean Civil Society Organisations (ConSOC) will be held in Bridgetown on May 30 and 31 at the Hilton Barbados Hotel

(PERSONAL FILE IMAGE) Chris Sinckler, M.P. Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of Barbados represents the host country for the seminar

(PERSONAL FILE IMAGE) Chris Sinckler, M.P. Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of Barbados represents the host country for the seminar

The retreat seeks to provide an opportunity for the IDB and Caribbean civil society, represented through the ConSOC mechanism, to discuss developmental challenges, share experiences and explore options for further collaboration in the IDB’s relationship with civil society organisations in the Caribbean. Moreover, the gathering will give ConSOC from the different Caribbean countries the opportunity to network and explore potential synergies.

The ConSOC is a forum for exchanging information, strengthening dialogue, and facilitating ongoing consultations between the IDB and the civil society organisations that are pertinent to the IDB’s work in the 26 countries where it operates. Through ConSOC, the IDB seeks to obtain comments and suggestions from Caribbean civil society organisations regarding the IDB’s initiatives, in order to improve its effectiveness in the social and economic development of borrowing countries.

Over 80 delegates from Caribbean countries from Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and Haiti are expected to attend the by-invitation-only event. The meeting will be inaugurated by Chris Sinckler, M.P. Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of Barbados, and Roberto Vellutini, Vice President of Countries for the IDB. Topics of discussion will include Economic perspective and Opportunities in Microenterprises, Gender, Water Security and Services in the Caribbean, among others.

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