The expansion of new information technologies and the region’s recent accelerated economic growth has transformed the role of citizen participation in the Caribbean. New ways of driving government and private sector transparency agendas are emerging.
Participants of this high-level dialogue will have the opportunity to share and learn about the governments’ latest strategic advancements at the intersection between citizen engagement, collaborative public policy development, and open government initiatives in the Caribbean.
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Bridgetown, Barbados will be the location for the IX Annual IDB Group-Caribbean Civil Society Meeting on November 12th.
Check in this section everything you need to know before traveling.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados. As the biggest city in the country, it has 110,000 inhabitants (in 2014). Founded in 1628, it was proclaimed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Hotel – Event location
Hilton Barbados Resort
Needham’s Point St Michael
Barbados International Airport
The Grantley Adams International Airport (also known as the Seawell Airport) is located in Seawell, 16 km (10 miles) east from Bridgetown, where the event will take place.
Admission and participation costs
1- This event is open to civil society representatives from Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, and Surinam.
2- This event is free from registration costs.
Bridgetown is a hot city, due to its geographic location and warm weather year-round. In November, temperatures range from 24°C to 30 °C, with presence of rain during approximately 14 days of the month.
Language and Interpretation Services
English is the official language of Barbados and the most commonly spoken in Bridgetown. Bajan is a second language spoken by the locals.
All sessions that will take place at this event will be held in English. Interpretation services to the Spanish language will not be available.
The Barbadian Dollar is the official currency for Barbados.
The IX Annual Caribbean Forum is a green event. Most information will be shared via screens on-site. We encourage all participants to print as little material as possible. During registration, participants will receive an information kit.
The official time in Barbados is UTC-4. To check the exact local time, visit this link.
Participants are solely responsible for their personal belongings, equipment and devices.
We recommend taking all necessary precautions to protect them and ensure your personal safety. For example, keep documents and valuables in your hotel room’s safe box, and avoid leaving cameras or similar items in plain sight. Only use transportation services that are properly identified or recommended.
Travel and Health Insurance
Participants are responsible for obtaining medical and/or travel insurance covering theft or personal accidents.
We strongly suggest getting travel insurance. The IDB is not responsible for medical and/or travel insurance covering theft or accidents before, during, or after the event.
The average duration of a taxi ride from the airport to the Hilton Barbados Resort is 25 minutes, and costs around US$20.00. Transportation to/from the airport and to activities not included in the event is responsibility of each participant.
We recommend using taxis from the official companies operating at the airport or hotel services.
We recommend wearing business-casual attire during the event. Remember that temperature inside conference rooms may vary.
Depending on their citizenship, attendees may require a visa to enter the country. However, most Latin American countries have visa waiver agreements. For a list of passports requiring a visa, visit this website.
For further enquiries, send an email to email@example.com or call +1246 535-4100.
To obtain more information online, click here. Although the visa application processing time usually takes about two weeks, it might take longer than expected. We strongly suggest filing your visa application as soon as possible. The IDB is not responsible and does not cover visa-related expenses.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers from yellow fever-affected countries. For further information, visit this link.
Photo & Video Disclaimer
There will be photographic coverage and video recordings at the event. By entering its premises, you consent to the future use of this material by the IDB Group, and waive all rights you may have in connection with these products.
November 12, 2019
Needham Meeting Room
9:15 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 11:45 am
What are the challenges in Caribbean countries regarding freedom of information policies? How to advocate for improvement?
Moderator: Francesco de Simone, Transparency Sector Specialist, IDB
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
How can access to information provide better understanding of public sector functioning? Can access to information help citizens and the private sector follow taxpayer’s money? Can citizens use information to define the budget?
Moderator: Nicolas Dassen, Modernization of State Senior Specialist, IDB
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Moderator: Pablo Bachelet, Communications Principal Specialist, IDB
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Which will be our role towards the future regarding the new schemes of public governance? How are CSOs present in the room planning to build trust as a commodity after it has shifted from CSOs, from Governments and Private Sector to a hashtag?
Moderator: Flavia Milano, Operations & Citizen Participation Sr Specialist, IDB
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Hon. Colin E. Jordan, MP
Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations
Government of Barbados
Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Accounting. He is former Chair of the Schools’ Tourism Education Programme Committee, a programme he pioneered and one for which he is passionate. During his tenure he developed and executed a number of other projects including the booking engine, BookBarbadosNow.com, the book “Island in the Sun: The History of Tourism in Barbados,” establishing the Tourism Working Group, a research group that includes all of the major stakeholders, an annual school’s competition, among others. Colin was most recently Director of Business Development with the Mango Bay Group, a position he held for nine years. He has served on various other boards and committees including the Community Tourism Foundation, the Board of the Barbados Tourism Authority and the National Insurance Board.
Alexandre Meira da Rosa
Vice President for Countries
A Brazilian citizen, was appointed Vice President for Countries in July 2014. Before, managed the IDB’s Infrastructure and Environment Sector. During the last decade before joining the IDB, Mr. Rosa held different positions in Brazil’s Federal Government and served as the main Brazilian officer responsible for the formulation of policies in said institutions. In that capacity, he also headed the Committee on External Financing (COFIEX), the Brazilian government body responsible for the approval and monitoring of execution of all development projects.Mr. Rosa has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, a Master’s degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Graduate Certificate in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
Hon. Miss Marsha K. A. Caddle, B.A., M.Sc.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment
Government of Barbados
Her background in Economics has focused on financing for development, macro-fiscal governance, and inequality and labour. Prior to joining the Cabinet of Barbados, Ms. Caddle worked as Governance Specialist with the Caribbean Development Bank, where she managed the Bank’s Governance and Institutional Development programme, including global and regional financial cooperation, public financial management and statistical systems. She has written and spoken extensively on issues of economic justice, providing advice to governments and international organisations on inclusive growth and equality.
Country Representative for Jamaica and General Manager, Caribbean Country Department Caribbean Group (CCB)
She has been the IDB’s country representative for Jamaica since 2013. In 2017 she was promoted to general manager of IDB’s Country Department Caribbean Group (CCB)with operations in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and her home country, the Bahamas. A trained economist, Mrs. Turner-Jones has over 25 years’ experience in macroeconomics and economic development, with special emphasis on the Caribbean. She served the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in senior posts for over 20 years and a was advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, and is member of the International Women’s Forum.
Trevor Munroe, CD, DPhil (Oxford)
National Integrity Action (NIA)
He has a distinguished record as an academic in civil society advocacy and in public service. He has authored and co-authored a number of books on Caribbean democratic governance. He has two Fulbright Fellowships taken up at Harvard University in the United States and served in Jamaica’s Senate for 10 years, championing legislation for greater transparency, accountability and good governance. He also served on the Executive of the Confederation of Trade Unions and served as consultant to USAID, UKDFID, the UNDP, UNESCO, the OAS, and the Carter Center. He is currently a member of the Council of the “Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica”, served in Jamaica’s National Security Council, and is founding member of the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition
High Commissioner of Canada in Barbados
Government of Canada
Holds a BA Political Science from the University of Geneva, and a MA in International Relations, from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. She joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 1996. At Headquarters, she served as director for the Central America Division (2006 to 2008) and director of programming for the Haiti Division (2014 to 2016). She has also served in the Privy Council Office in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat (2002 to 2005). Abroad, she was posted to the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica, serving as head of the Cooperation Program (2010 to 2014).
Kay Sharon McConney
Minister of Innovation, Science, and Smart Technology
Government of Barbados
This Minister’s mandate is to lead the modernization and transformational agenda of Barbados’ public sector, and to create an enabling environment for a vibrant digital economy and a digitally-intelligent society. In 2017, the University of West Indies honored her with the Vice Chancellor’s award for outstanding contribution to the international advancement of the Caribbean region. Minister McConney is a former high-level diplomat at the United Nations; a former negotiator for the World Trade Organization, and a former Consul-General in Canada. Before taking up her role as Minister, she headed a company that specialized in leading strategic change, and for the last decade she has been an expert resource for various international development initiatives.
Francesco De Simone
Modernization of the State Specialist
Francesco De Simone is the IDB Modernization of the State Specialist based in Kingston, Jamaica. Before joining the IDB Jamaica country office he was Technical Advisor of the Transparency Fund, managed by the State Institutional Capacity Division (ICS). Prior to joining the Transparency Fund, Francesco worked on transparency and anti-corruption issues at the IDB Office of Institutional Integrity, at the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center, based in Norway, at Transparency International, and in the private sector. Francesco got masters at the University ’Orientale in Napoli, Italy, and at George Washington University.
Director, Rule of Law Program
She directs and implements the Carter Center’s programming regarding transparency, good governance, and access to justice, including projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Neuman developed the innovative access to information legislation Implementation Assessment Tool and the Women and the Right of Access to Information project. In February 2018, she convened the conference “Inform Women, Transform Lives,” which culminated with the Atlanta Declaration for the Advancement of Women’s Right of Access to Information. She has been consultant, academic writer, and speaker on the right of access to information, fostering transparency, preventing corruption and feminist open government, as well as access to information legislation, implementation, enforcement, and use.
Executive Director, Communications and Engagement
He has served as Executive Director for Global Witness, overseeing their ground-breaking and award-winning investigative, campaigning and advocacy work uncovering secret deals, corruption and conflict around the world. He helped create the international Publish What You Pay campaign and helped negotiate the intergovernmental Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. He is an expert in illicit financial flows, and helped lead global efforts to end the abuse of anonymous shell companies for money laundering and financial crime and has a Doctorate from the University of Reading on global environmental crime.
Manuel Gonzalez Caballero
Regional Manager for Latin America
Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST)
Manuel leads on the CoST Latin America strategy, identifying opportunities for CoST within the region and providing technical support and advice to the region’s country managers and multi-stakeholder groups. He is a lawyer and has specialised in public contracting, public administration and governance, transparency and anti-corruption policies. Prior to joining CoST, Manuel worked for the Panama National Procurement Office leading the implementation of transparency and open government reforms, including those such as CoST. He helped develop the first Anti-Corruption Risk Map with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime. He has an excellent knowledge of Latin America countries, having studied and worked in Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic and Uruguay.
Modernization of the State Senior Specialist
Expert on Transparency and Accountability at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Julian Ernest Rogers
Barbados-born broadcaster, journalist and media manager with over 50 years of experience in print, television and radio. Rogers is noted for his work in regional television as the host and producer of several programmes including Talk Caribbean with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union. He launched the most successful morning television programme in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1990s. Rogers holds a degree in Communications from the University of West Indies, and works as a media trainer in the Caribbean. He has also served as a consultant and adviser to several regional and international institutions on media development.
At Kaieteur, her primary focus is oil and gas reportage with emphasis on the behaviourial patterns of companies, corruption, and mechanisms countries must implement to get the most for their resources. She was recently awarded by the Guyana Press Association for her outstanding coverage, and also hosts a weekly programme on the Kaieteur Radio station called Guyana’s Oil and Yo which seeks to educate citizens on these issues.
As Executive Editor, Carol is responsible for charting a new course for an integrated newsroom comprising print, digital and radio news. Carol has worked her way through the ranks of the company from 18 years old when she joined as a trainee reporter. She has held various positions in the company including Managing Editor, Sunday Sun Editor, Weekend Nation Editor, Online Editor and News Editor. She studied at City University, where she received her MA in Communications Policy, and holds a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University. She has received a number of professional awards including the Barbados Award and a certificate of Merit Award from Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the United Nations Population Fund Caribbean Award, as well as a number of Nation awards through the years for outstanding work.
Columnist for transparency and accountability
Trinidad & Tobago
A leading expert in the fields of property valuation and project management, he works against corruption in Trinidad and Tobago, demanding more transparency and accountability from its leaders. His work has focused on the CL Financial collapse of 2009 and subsequent government bailout. Also, he has written about white-collar crime, good governance and national development. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Raymond & Pierre Limited and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in January 2011. He has served in various positions on Boards such as the Federation of Black Housing Organizations (FBHO), the Trinidad Building & Loan Association (TBLA), and the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad & Tobago (ISTT).
Communications Principal Specialist
He provides strategic communications advice and training to senior managers and experts at the Inter-American Development Bank, using both traditional media and digital tools to leverage reach, coaxing key messages out of specialists and translating them into engaging content for a broad audience, in English and Spanish. He coordinates with governments, the private sector and academia the production of blogs, events, press releases, talking points, op-eds, presentations and scripts. Also, he helps management navigate communications during reputational crises and conducts media outreach processes. Throughout his career, he has acquired broad experience in digital governments, anti-corruption and crime prevention, migration, trade and integration. One of his regions of expertise is the Caribbean.
Operations & Citizen Participation Sr Specialist
Attorney, LL.M., Juris Doctor. Holds a Masters Degree in Poverty Reduction and Development, and a Public Leadership certification (Harvard University), and a specialization in Environmental Issues from the Cathedra UNESCO. She leads the new IDB Group-Civil Society Engagement Strategy and its Action Plan, is a member of the World Bank Experts Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. She has directed business and Human Rights initiatives in Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America; was Country Representative in Mozambique and consultant in legal and development-related issues in Europe. She has overseen projects on gender inclusion, economic and social rights and contributed and led publications about Corporate Social Responsibility, due diligence, as well as public consultations with civil society, for governments and the private sector.
Executive Director for The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago
Hon. Dale D. Marshall
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
Government of Barbados
He was educated at the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School. He is the holder of a LLB with Honours and a Certificate in Legal Education. He is a member of the Barbados Bar Association and the Computer Law Association Appointed to the Senate in 1999, he has given public service between 1994-1997 as Chairman of the Board of the National Housing Corporation, Chairman of the Urban Development Commission 1997-1999 and Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority 1999-2000.