It’s not unusual for Caribbean citizens or firms to expect that renewing a passport or registering a new vehicle will require them to spend a full day at a government office. That is, for those fortunate enough to complete their transactions in a single visit. On average, Caribbean citizens spent over 4 hours to complete their last government transaction. And this does not … [Read more...] about Wait No More: Improving Government Services in the Caribbean
Innovation & Change
Not many years ago, EBS, the state-owned electric utility in Suriname, used to operate the power system in a manual way. If more energy from the grid was needed, the system operator called the power plant to increase the generation. In the case of a failure in a transmission line, an emergency plan was activated to adjust the system and recover the grid stability. With … [Read more...] about Suriname’s electricity company transitions to a digital and intelligent utility
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, companies have begun to harness new and emerging technologies to reach higher levels of efficiency of production and consumption, expand into new markets, and compete for a global consumer base. These changes are causing huge shifts in the existing skill requirements for workers; and the demand for higher cognitive, technological, … [Read more...] about Supporting technology adoption through Sector Skills Councils
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (#WDoR) is commemorated on the third Sunday in November. In the years since the day was first observed after being initiated by the UK’s RoadPeace Founder more than two decades ago, the number of countries formally recognizing the 3rd Sunday in November has increased, but so too has the number of crash victims who have lost … [Read more...] about Road traffic deaths disproportionately affecting developing countries: Could technology help with speed enforcement?
The IX Annual Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group-Caribbean Civil Society Meeting, held November 12, 2019 in Barbados, was convened under the theme “Citizen Engagement for Transparency”. IDB Vice President for Countries (VPC), Alexandre Meira da Rosa spoke at the event on the level of trust and transparency in Latin America and the Caribbean and its role in improving … [Read more...] about Trust and Transparency: Key Ingredients for Citizens’ Well-being