IDB approved a US$6.75 million loan to Caribe Hospitality Jamaica in December 2012 to construct and operate a 129 room Marriott Courtyard Hotel in New Kingston Jamaica. In addition to providing loan funds, IDB saw the opportunity to provide technical assistance to enhance the development impact of the project. IDB then conducted a Shared Value Appraisal, in partnership … [Read more...] about Growing Jamaica’s Hotel Industry while Training At-Risk Youths
After a couple years of marriage, it seems that the first two questions out of everyone’s mouth is some variation of “so… when are you going to start a family?” and “do you think you’ll settle down in Washington DC?” After carefully delivering non-committal responses, my mind almost always drifts (perhaps to escape further questioning) to two major thoughts: (a) if I were to … [Read more...] about Creative and Cultural Blind Spots
Will Trinidad & Tobago’s energy services suppliers outlast the country’s energy supply? This was one of the questions posed to the participants of the Joint Dialogue on the Trinidad & Tobago Private Sector Assessment Report (PSAR) by Dr. Carlos Elias, author of the PSAR, in Port of Spain, February 19. The Joint Dialogue was hosted by the Ministry of Planning … [Read more...] about Will Trinidad & Tobago’s energy services suppliers outlast the country’s energy supply?
No, I’m not talking about the smooth and delicious Guyanese rum – though the taste is legendary. At the time of early Spanish voyages to the West Indies, many adventurers believed in a mythical figure, El Dorado, the golden man, whose kingdom was believed to be so well-endowed with gold as the great Inca and Mayan civilizations in Mexico and Peru. Discovery – or more … [Read more...] about The New Legend of El Dorado
ICT in education is gaining prominence in the Caribbean with the one device per child or family concepts. But what really is ICT in education? Is it the provision of a technology device without educational content? Or is it a technology-integrated method for teaching and learning? Suriname’s government is taking the latter definition quite seriously. … [Read more...] about Rewiring primary education in Suriname