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May 10, 2022

C.D.B.’s Annual Meeting to Address Climate and Resilience Issues Across the Region

Dr. Hyginus Gene Leon

At the top of the agenda for this year’s meeting are climate change and sustainability. Dr. Hyginus Leon, President of the Caribbean Development Bank, explained the importance of measurement in informing the banks’ development strategies. Here is what he had to say.


Dr. Hyginus Gene Leon, President, Caribbean Development Bank

“The idea is that when we grow we move forward, we do that in a complete and holistic way, so that the development is not lopsided. I think we only need to think back a little to how we came up with words like inclusive. Because, we are growing, but now we found out we had left some people behind. We are now talking climate, why, because, we grew and we left mother earth behind. And, we are talking about sustainability, because we grew but the growth was a sugar high, not able to sustain itself. So, it is these things that keep us, as it were, focused on, it has to be holistic, sustainable, inclusive, so that when we advance, we advance together, we advance as a whole. So, the idea of focusing this year on the first of the three pillars, the measure better to target better, I think is just what you say in the T.C.I., you measure twice. I think I have a friend who says you need to measure twice and cut once. Let us do it right in the first place. That is the better way to understand this. But, in principle, you cannot target, you cannot look to achieve, if you haven’t got measurement. The better that measurement, the better you are able to target and focus your mind in a better space.”

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