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Newly elected President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Gene Leon (right) commenced his first official visit to Jamaica with a meeting with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke on Tuesday (August 12) at the Ministry of Finance in Kingston. Dr Leon is on the island to meet until Sunday, August 15, 2021, to meet with government officials, as well as members of the development finance community and the business industry. (Photo courtesy of CDB)

CDB president makes first official visit to Jamaica

Newly elected President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Gene Leon (right) commenced his first official visit to Jamaica with a meeting with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke on Tuesday (August 12) at the Ministry of Finance in Kingston. Dr Leon is on the island to meet until Sunday, August 15, 2021, to meet with government officials, as well as members of the development finance community and the business industry. (Photo courtesy of CDB)

Dr Gene Leon, in his new post as president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is now leading a delegation from the institution on his first official visit to Jamaica.

During his stay, Dr Leon will meet with government officials, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, as well as members of the development finance community and the business industry.

“The CDB is seeking to engage in continuous dialogue with our borrowing member countries and this visit is an opportunity to strengthen the partnerships with our stakeholders in Jamaica to ensure we continue to provide effective assistance and also to explore new and innovative ways of expanding our support for the benefit of the entire country,” he explained. 

President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Gene Leon, (second right) and CDB Vice-President — Operations Isaac Solomon (right), met with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke and the Financial Secretary Darlene Morrison yesterday at the Ministry of Finance in Kingston. Dr Leon is on his first official visit to Jamaica where he is meeting with government officials as well as members of the development finance community and the business industry. He will be on the island until Sunday, August 15, 2021. (Photo courtesy of CDB)

Included in the team from the CDB are: Vice-President — Operations Isaac Solomon, Director of Economics, and Presidential Advisor Dorla Humes. The team’s engagements commenced on Tuesday with a meeting with the Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public ServiceDr Nigel Clarke, who is also CDB Governor for Jamaica, at the ministry’s office in Kingston. Joining Dr Clarke was Financial Secretary Darlene Morrison.

In welcoming the delegation, Dr Clarke noted, “I think there is great scope for working more closely with the CDB particularly as it relates to the bank’s advisory role and the provision of technical support, and I look forward to greater collaboration in the very near future.”