Are Jamaicans being treated fairly when they carry out simple public services? And should the quality of these services be improved? The Simplifying Lives survey takes a look at the experience of Jamaicans when interacting with state agencies as they, for example, renew their drivers’ permits or enroll their children in school. This survey will help Jamaicans to understand what … [Read more...] about Simplifying Lives 2018: the citizen satisfaction survey launches
Governance and Regulatory Policy Reforms
Until December 20th, 2018 the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be surveying citizen satisfaction in Jamaica as part of the regional Simplifying Lives survey. The survey is available here and can be taken by anyone in Jamaica who has accessed any of the services outlined below, in the last year. If you meet these requirements we want to know about your experience. You … [Read more...] about Simplifying Lives Survey 2018: Jamaica deadline extended
By Benjamin Roseth Think of the last time you needed to conduct some official business with your government. Maybe it was to get a copy of a birth certificate, pay taxes, or sign up for a social benefit. How was your experience? Good, bad or ugly? If it was the latter – you are not alone. Millions of citizens region-wide are suffering from inefficient, paper-based and … [Read more...] about Can we cut red tape with digital scissors?
The May 24, 2018 General Elections in Barbados were historic in many respects. For the first time, the Parliament of Barbados was allowed to automatically dissolve on March 6, 2018, without the setting of a date for elections. It was the first time in the history of Barbados that a political party won all of the parliamentary seats in the House of Assembly. This emphatic … [Read more...] about ‘Daunting, but doable’ – Barbados takes a path towards sustainable economic growth
In recent years the significant loss of correspondent banking relationships (CBRs) in the Caribbean, commonly referred to as de-risking; and its impact on both the regional financial system and, on the economies of several territories has been broadly discussed. Additionally, several authors have validly identified an array of motivating factors which have driven some of the … [Read more...] about Correspondent Banking Relationships (CBR) Withdrawals