Despite Covid-19, they predicted GDP growth for the Caribbean

Forecasts for 2022 are up to 7.8 percent, however, ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Barcena warned that employment and real household income will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the short and medium term, which will lead to a reduction in employment and real family incomes. living standards of the population. for several years.

The day before, while presenting a document on recovery after Covid-19 in the region, in the context of the 20th meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Commission, which took place around this capital; Barcena highlighted the triple crisis affecting these countries.

He said that the negative effects of climatic phenomena harming the region, along with Covid-19 and the global crisis, are causing increasing economic and financial distress.

said Barcena, who addressed the urgent need to define a vulnerability index that would allow a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of problems in the region.

“In order to build a new future, the Caribbean needs to enhance food security, promote economic diversification, strengthen disaster management, improve social protection, and strengthen health infrastructure,” said ECLAC Executive Secretary.

He added that the pandemic can make the crisis an opportunity to align policies in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leaving no one behind, and is the right path to cooperation and multilateralism for regional development, finance and debt relief. compressed.

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