Saturday 19 October, 2019

Holness to deliver keynote address at IMF climate change conference

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is set to deliver the feature address at a one-day high-level conference on building resilience to disasters and climate change in the Caribbean on Monday, November 26.

The announcement was made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Among Caribbean leaders, Holness has emerged as a leading voice on climate change. He has consistently made the case that regional countries need help in minimising and mitigating the effects of climate change on their tourism-dependent economies.

According to the IMF, the upcoming conference is a follow up to the 2017 high-level forum “Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience.” It will be held at the IMF headquarters in Washington D.C. and will bring together key stakeholders, including senior policymakers, multilateral development partners, and the private sector.

The IMF said delegates will “explore incentives to shift the focus of policies towards building resilience and innovative disaster risk financing policies and instruments that would help in the region”. It advised that the one-day conference is structured mostly to thematic sessions that will be closed to the media, to allow for candid exchanges. Another multi-lateral, the Inter-American Development Bank, is co-hosting the high-level conference.

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