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The First Accountability Workshop of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Chapter reported successfully on progresses in the implementation of the CGF Action Plan, during the period September 1, 2013 until May 31, 2014. The event was chaired by Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, The Rt. Hon. Denzil Douglas and was attended by more than 50 representatives from private sector associations, media and public sector. Mrs Janet Harris, Alternate ED for the Caribbean at the World Bank, also attended the event. Sir Dwight Venner, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and Wayne Mitchell, IMF Representative for the ECCU countries, provided opening remarks. This Accountability Workshop is the fifth in the region and follows: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The results in the implementation of the Action Plan are encouraging: Out of the 29 priorities that are included in the agreed action plan, 38% are in progress, 14% are completed and 27% are delayed (while 21% of the activities have no milestones to report during this period).
St. Vincent and The Grenadines implemented its first CGF Accountability Workshop of the SVG National Chapter, reporting candidly on progresses and delays in the implementation of the CGF National Action Plan that was agreed upon by all stakeholders last year during a public event. Implementation of CGF reforms started in September 2013 and the report took stock of progresses until March 30, 2014. A second Accountability Workshop is expected to take place in October 2014 to review the first year into implementation. This is the fourth country realizing an Accountability Workshop using the CGF methodology.
The Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) provided St. Lucia with a unique opportunity to bring all stakeholders—public and private sectors, civil society, youth and academia—together in one space and place to discuss issues of commonality. As a result, potential sources of funding for stagnant projects and reforms were unearthed.
The first accountability workshop of the CGF Jamaica Chapter was held on February 20, 2014 as part of the National Competitiveness Council Business Environment Reform Roundtable. During the event, the CGF Secretariat reported on the implementation progress of the actions plans.
The first CGF Accountability Workshop was held on Tuesday, December 3rd, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic before an engaged audience of more than 200 persons including high ministerial and governmental officials, private sector representatives, academia and civil society organizations.
Click below to view videos from the Regional CGF Workshop 2013 held in Nassau, Bahamas from June 24-25. At the end of the workshop, representatives of the countries engaged in the CGF initiative, agreed on a joint Communique which reaffirmed their commitment to work together to reinvigorate economic growth, job creation, shared prosperity, improved investment climate, enhanced logistics and connectivity, better skills for jobs and to make regional integration serve the needs of the people.