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World Bank supports fiscal and climate resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines




(MENAFN - Caribbean News Now)

WASHINGTON, USA — The World Bank\u2019s board of executive directors approved a US$30 million development policy credit to support Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in strengthening its climate and fiscal resilience for promoting a blue economy.\n

\u201cSaint Vincent and the Grenadines is embarked on a medium-term reform program to strengthen fiscal buffers and reinforce climate resilience,\u201d said Tahseen Sayed, World Bank\u2019s country director for the Caribbean. \u201cTogether with other small island economies in the Caribbean, it is also seeking to transition to a blue economy through sustainable management of its ocean and coastal resources. The World Bank is committed to support the Caribbean countries\u2019 in environmentally sound management of the blue economy.\u201d \u00a0\n

As a small island economy, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and external shocks. The average GDP losses from natural disasters between 1998 and 2017 are estimated at 1.2 percent per year, more than half the GDP growth rate over those two decades. Also, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines experienced volatile growth due to its limited economic diversification and fiscal policies.\n id=\"mNCC\" language=\"javascript\">medianet_width='468';medianet_height= '60';medianet_crid='637422217'; id=\"mNSC\" src=\"http:\/\/contextual.media.net\/nmedianet.js?cid=8CUVV6306\" language=\"javascript\"> \n\n

The program supported under this development policy credit from the World Bank\u2019s International Development Association (IDA) will help the Caribbean island to build a more resilient economy by strengthening fiscal policy, promoting more effective public financial management and building buffers to better cope with natural disasters or other economic shocks. It will also support the countries efforts to transition to a blue economy by building on its natural assets and reinforcing climate resilience. \n

For instance, it will help the phase-out of coastal sand mining and the implementation of the recently approved national oceans and national fisheries policies to strengthen the spatial planning and management of ocean and coastal resources, including fisheries.\n

This development policy credit, the first in a series of two, is being complemented by technical and capacity support to promote fiscal and climate resilience and the blue economy.

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World Bank supports fiscal and climate resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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