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CDB begins training programme for Caribbean countries

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it has embarked on a training initiative to help regional governments more effectively manage policies, programmes and projects.

The region's premier financial institution said an estimated 450 people from the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands have signed on to participate in the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Training Programme.

“As countries work towards achieving their development targets, they will need even stronger institutions with the capacity to implement transformative programmes and projects, supported by smart policies,” said Darran Newman, the CDB acting division chief, Technical Cooperation Division, CDB.

“This programme responds to that need. It delves into topics related to public administration, including the process of formulating public policy, the decision-making structures and allocation of public resources, and the transparency and efficiency in the provision of public service.

“Based on the response so far, we are confident that this capacity-building initiative can have a game-changing impact in institutions across the region,” she added.

The CDB said that each country's programme begins with a pre-training visit by members of its training unit.

It said that programme participants are already enrolled in online courses that cover topics such as project management; procurement; public policy; and monitoring and evaluation and that during the coming months, participants will begin attending face-to-face modules that will cover all areas of PPAM and PCM.

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