Minister Robinson-Regis leads T&T contingent to CDB 2030 meeting in Grenada

May 29, 2018

The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development will lead a six member contingent to the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 48th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors in Grenada from May 30 to 31.  Trinidad and Tobago will be prominent on the agenda which focuses on a number of issues including the environment and climate change, building resilient cities, fighting inequality and poverty as well as air transport and the blue economy.   
The contingent representing Trinidad and Tobago also includes Mrs. Joanne Deoraj, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Development; the Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly and Temporary Alternate Governor for Trinidad and Tobago on the Board of Governors of the CDB; Mrs. Suzette Taylor-Lee Chee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Temporary Alternate Director for Trinidad and Tobago on the Board of Directors of the CDB; Mr. Bobby Andrews Planning Coordinator, Office of the Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly and Mrs. Stacy Mohamed-Roopchand, Planning Officer II Ministry of Planning and Development.  
Minister Robinson-Regis serves as Governor for Trinidad and Tobago on the Board of Governors of the CDB and the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Joanne Deoraj serves as the Director for Trinidad and Tobago.
The 2018 CDB Annual Meeting will embrace the theme “Resilience”. The theme is anchored in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the commitment by the Caribbean Development Bank's borrowing member countries (BMCs) along with other United Nations member countries to pursue 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.  Trinidad and Tobago has already taken the lead with this with the Development of the National Development Strategy, Vision 2030, which is deeply rooted in the global Sustainable Development Goals and focuses on the areas highlighted by the CDB.  
After a devastating 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season in the region, the Bank designed the Meeting to include a forum for discussing “Building Resilient Cities”. The seminar will provide a preview of the Bank’s Urban Sector Policy and discuss solutions to, and progress made in addressing the Region’s urban sector challenges.  Trinidad and Tobago is well ahead of other States in the Region, as the Ministry of Planning and Development through the Town and Country Planning Division is currently working with stakeholders to develop a form based zoning code for Port of Spain, which has been initially approved. 
This year’s CDB meeting will provide the perfect opportunity to present Trinidad and Tobago’s progress to the CDB and the borrowing member countries to share ideas and successes as well as to learn from areas where improvements are necessary.  Minister Robinson-Regis' statement at the meeting can be read at