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 benefits over … [Read more...] about What effects will COVID-19 have on employment in Latin America and the Caribbean?
International Workers' Day comes this year in exceptionally difficult circumstances. This day, usually of vindication and reflection, is wrapped this 2020 in a context that nobody would have been able to anticipate just a few months ago. The global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has drenched the daily lives of millions of people worldwide. And the region, of course, is … [Read more...] about How to Overcome the Hit and Go Beyond: Work After COVID-19
THE SITUATION Most countries worldwide have adopted public health measures to minimize the risk of contagion and spread of COVID-19. For the Caribbean, many of these measures include “stay at home” orders and the closure of entertainment and relaxation venues such as bars and beaches. And while these measures are needed to stop the spread of COVID-19, the quarantines can … [Read more...] about HOME NOT SO SWEET IN TIMES OF COVID19