COVID-19 in Barbados is proving to be a perfect example of what Nassim Nicholas Taleb termed a “black swan”. It is a rare event, with an extreme impact and which, in retrospect, could have been predicted. As discussed in our latest Caribbean Quarterly Report July 2020, the pandemic reached Barbados in March 2020 and has since been putting both lives and livelihoods at stake in … [Read more...] about When Facing a Black Swan, Let’s Work Together
The declaration of COVID- 19 by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic has plunged the world in unchartered waters. It has afflicted over 8 million people in 213 countries, left over 425,000 dead, millions unemployed, overwhelmed hospitals, broken supply chains and deflated critical sectors such as tourism, energy and agriculture. Crisis communications done … [Read more...] about Covid-19: 11 Key Lessons in Crisis Communications
COVID-19 is taking an unprecedented (albeit still unknown) toll on Caribbean region’s economic growth. According to the recently published Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin, the decline in the tourism industry will particularly affect The Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica. Plummeting international commodity prices are having severe consequences in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and … [Read more...] about COVID-19, The Caribbean Crisis
In a prolonged recession from the coronavirus, The Bahamas could see job losses of -26.9% and Jamaica -24.8%. While in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, their jobs could shrink by -16.7%, -14.5% and -10.5% respectively. COVID-19’s impact on the world's labor markets is unprecedented. In the United States, 16.8 million people applied for unemployment … [Read more...] about What effects will COVID-19 have on employment in Latin America and the Caribbean?