The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Board of Governors’ Annual Meeting is held annually in May, in one of the Bank’s 29 member countries. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institution’s Governors’ and sector leaders. Representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, central banks, private banks and media etc. also attend.

This year’s meeting is taking place in Turks and Caicos Islands on May 24 to 25.

Meeting Theme

This year’s Meeting will embrace the theme of integration, trade and economic growth. It is a theme that is built on a platform of transforming the Caribbean economies to meet the challenges of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The global community is already marking the first anniversary of the launch of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. It is a stark reminder about the passage of time; and the critical importance of Caribbean countries moving resolutely to meet their commitments under the Agenda. Caribbean policy-makers remain concerned about growth rates that are still too low and the prospects still too uncertain.

The Annual Meeting’s theme will acknowledge the centrality of growth and growth–related considerations in discussions about the future of the Caribbean and the imperatives for long-term development. Given the small size of Caribbean economies, this calls for a re-examination of the economic and other arguments for co-operation between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. This is important to ensure that the Members exploit their synergies and maximise the benefits of the regional agreement, while moving closer to the goal of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.

Participation in the Annual Meeting

Participation at the Annual Meeting is by invitation. The list of special guests from each member country of CDB, including private sector organisations, banks, and associations, is prepared according to internal procedures established for that purpose and must be approved by the respective country authorities. The list for each country is updated yearly to include requests received after the previous Annual Meeting, up to the time it is submitted to the Board of Directors. Requests received after that are submitted to the Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary on an individual basis.

There is no cost of registration.