Dominica: Irving McIntyre attends Caribbean Forum on population, development

Dr Irving McIntyre- Minister of Finance represented Dominica in the Caribbean Forum on population and development. The forum was held in Antigua for two days from September 4 to September 5, 2023.

Dominica: Irving McIntyre attends Caribbean Forum on population, development
Dominica: Irving McIntyre attends Caribbean Forum on population, development

Roseau, Dominica: Dr Irving McIntyre- Minister of Finance represented Dominica in the Caribbean Forum on population and development. The forum was held in Antigua for two days from September 4 to September 5, 2023.

It was jointly organized by ECLAC, UNFPA and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda under the theme- “Accelerating implementation of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development in the Caribbean.”

The forum shed light on the ways of improving and promoting action in emerging issues such as climate change and sustainable developmental goals. It has also discussed the key population issues affecting the subregion, through a review of progress in the implementation of the Montevideo Consensus, the regional agenda for population, ten years on from its adoption.

The forum has also outlined the best practices and agree on actions to accelerate implementation of the consensus.

Dr McIntyre said Dominica need for human capital to fuel their productive sectors such as Agriculture and tourism are of utmost importance, as well as their major capital project to include the International Airport , Marina , Athletic track , Geothermal plant and transmission lines to name a few.

During the forum, the finance minister also highlighted that the issue of Brain Drain and migration of the professionals should be given utmost importance. He also emphasized that there should be productive investment in building the human capital and capacity.

The forum has also focused on the significance of the diaspora in the economic development and growth. Dr McIntyre sad that these matters should not overlooked and much emphasis is being placed on nurturing a healthy relationship for further engagement and involvement in the process of Nation building.

He said,”Remittances contributed 8% of GDP in 2022. However their Direct investment , innovation and entrepreneurship leading to more jobs is also contributing significantly. Foreign Direct investment from migrant populations mainly Asia (PRC) , Canada ,and Europe has also been increasing in recent times.”

In discussing population, Finance Minister said that they must also address Gender based violence and seek to end the unmet need for family planning , also improving organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

Dominica has been a leader in the region having recently passed five family bills in parliament this year .

Earlier this year, the government also launched our Buildback Better Engender (BBE)programme with assistance from UNFPA. He said that the lack of data remains a major problem for most territories . The knowledge and uses of such data to make comprehensive analysis which can guide policies and legislation is just as important.

It is estimated that $1 invested in sexual and reproductive health can yield $9 in economic development.

“Our Government is fully aware of the correlation between population and development . Our strategic framework for development is guided by two documents NRDS (National Resilience and Development strategy ) and CRRP (Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan )which underscores a Nation aligned with ideals set forth in Agenda 2030,”said Irving McIntyre.