Archive for February 2016

Uncertain Times, Uncertain Jobs or Both?

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by Kiesha Farnum

 

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I recently braved lows of -10°C and highs of -1°C to visit the IDB’s headquarters in Washington, DC, for the Jobs in Uncertain Times- Facing up to the Slowdown, Technological Change and Precarious Work a conference.  The conference clearly conveyed the fact that the world of work is rapidly changing.

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Reimagining the Waiting Room TV

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By Florencia López-Boo

 

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When seated in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, sometimes we’re left scratching our heads at the receptionist’s choice of programming for the lone TV left to drone on the entire day. As a captive audience, patients have no choice but to watch the soap opera or other show that they normally wouldn’t tune in to.

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Is A Work-Life Balance Possible in Today’s Hyper-Competitive Economy?

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by Janette Archer-Headley

 

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The phrase Work Life Balance (WLB) has been touted in organizations to highlight the various benefits offered within the workplace to balance a staff member’s professional and personal life. These include benefits such as paid paternity and maternity leaves, flexible working arrangements (FWA), and, more importantly, family-friendly environments to support a work-family culture.

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I survived boot camp / strengthened the PPP muscle

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by Adriana La Valley

 

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I just wrapped up my third and last boot camp on PPPs (Public-Private Partnership) in Kingston, Jamaica last week.  I was not alone; we did it together with more than 45 Caribbean public officials. The first was held in Barbados last September and the second was in Trinidad and Tobago last November.

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UWI Economics Students Get Tips from the IDB Barbados Country Office on Working as Economists

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by Roje Layne, Rakya Phillips, Sheldon Shepherd, Rashada Lopez, Hacina Watson-Hinds, Celicia Maughn and Liane Aird

 

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The Barbados Country Office of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is hosting an internship competition for economic students of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWI). The pilot project seeks to engage young adults, exposing them to the work of the IDB for Barbados, as well as challenging them to develop their communications skills by researching and writing on local economic issues for public dissemination.  The eventual winner will receive a three-month internship at the IDB’s Country Office in Bridgetown.

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Why Is Project Procurement Still So Difficult? Part II

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by Magda Theodate

 

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Part II of II

In this continuing coverage of the challenges of effective project procurement implementation in the Caribbean, additional modern solutions to unleash the potential for success in project procurement are considered:

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Why Is Project Procurement Still So Difficult? Part I

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by Magda Theodate

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In December 2013, the IDB conducted a multi-country procurement operational efficiency analysis to identify factors that cause project implementation delays. The study revealed key issues affecting project execution, and despite the IDB’s excellent work since to strengthen and adopt national procurement systems, the subject is worth revisiting.

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Zika Virus and the Economic and Human Reproductive Health Implications for the Caribbean

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by  Mark D. Wenner

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Negative economic impacts expected if link to brain damage is proven. Best hope is that scientists find no link.

 

The Zika virus has arrived in the Western Hemisphere and spawned a degree of alarm not previously witnessed with previous outbreaks involving mosquito borne viral infections like dengue and chikungunya.  The reason for the increased fear is the apparent link between the Zika virus and microcephaly; a birth defect in newborns characterized by abnormally small head sizes and impaired brain functions.

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Carnival Tabanca is an affliction and the Carnival Gateway is your cure

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by Kavita Terri-Ann Maharaj

 

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Two Trinis walk into a Metro station late at night, one male, one female wearing nothing but what can only be referred to as tightie whities, hospital shoes, fish headpieces and some sort of wing contraption. What sounds like the beginning of a joke is a true story of two people from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) who wished to experience Brazilian carnival. Yet the journey to the start of the samba parades in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambradrome began even before my husband and I (yes, we were the Trinis in the story) reached Rio; it began when we booked and paid for our costumes online, marvelling at the ease with which we were able to access the Rio experience. Now, with the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Gateway Portal, you too can have a good story to tell without having to go as far away as Rio. Welcome to Carnival in T&T.

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The Thin Blue Line of a Long Horizon: How much should Trinidad and Tobago Tax Policies Encourage Oil and Gas Investment?

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by Valerie Mercer Blackman, formerly an economist at the IDB 

 

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The economic literature of ‘investment under uncertainty’ has been used in many different contexts: investment of manufacturing firms, in financial instruments, etc. But perhaps the best application of the theoretical model is related to oil and gas investment[1].  A recent paper, IDB-WP-661, brings these lessons to Trinidad and Tobago, discussing the dos and don’ts of taxation of oil and gas. As it turns out, oil companies crave fiscal stability. In other words, they prefer to have the same tax rates and the same regime over a long horizon or period of time, rather than a lower initial tax rate but uncertainty as to whether it will be changed by the government. Not unlike the decisions individuals make on long-term personal investments such as mortgages.

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