CDB urged to transform and evolve for the Caribbean

Friday, April 12, 2019

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Camille Robinson-Regis, says the regional institution must continue to evolve even on the completion of its ongoing transformation in order to respond effectively to the changing needs of the region.

Robinson-Regis, who is Trinidad and Tobago's minister of planning and development, made the statement while addressing staff during her official visit to the bank on Wednesday.

“I would like to be certain that the bank remains dynamic and relevant. I know that you have in your arsenal a transformation that you're going to be following through with. But I wouldn't like it to just be a transformation that gets to a point and then stops. It must be something that is continuing to evolve,” she stated.

Her visit comes ahead of the 49th Annual Meeting of CDB's Board of Governors which Trinidad and Tobago is hosting in June, for the fifth time.

While at the bank, the chairman also met with CDB President Dr Warren Smith and the senior management team.

She emphasised the long-standing and deep-rooted relationship between the CDB and her country, which is a founding member of the bank and one of its largest shareholders.

“Trinidad and Tobago has a very long history with the bank and because of our history, we are very proud of the work that the bank does … when the bank was getting [started], Trinidad and Tobago — because of our position — played a very pivotal role in ensuring that the bank was well respected as it began its work,” said Robinson-Regis.

In his remarks, Smith also highlighted the pivotal role which Trinidad and Tobago played in the bank's formative years.

“…. Trinidad and Tobago helped to finance the early work of our institution; and so we feel a very strong sense of respect for and indebtedness to that shareholder country,” he said.

Robinson-Regis pointed to the bank's connectedness to the region as a key strength. She traced her own deep connection to the CDB to her father, Charles Robinson, who was a staff member when William G Demas was CDB president.

“The bank... is one of those institutions like UWI… that means something special to the people of the region… even though we have relationships with other development institutions, CDB is the bank that really reflects us most closely and knows what we need,” she added.

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