Pandemic Saga Continues: IDB’s Caribbean Scenarios

August 12, 2020
Marla examines how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the broader Caribbean economy and long-term development issues of the region as she welcomes Henry Mooney, IDB’s Research Economic Advisor and David Rosenblatt, IDB’s Regional Economic Advisor. Their discussion centers on IDB’s most recent Caribbean quarterly economic bulletin giving us a detailed look at tourism and […]

Suriname’s Great Reset? Q&A with Fitch Ratings

July 28, 2020
Find out the policy priorities that would help Suriname’s economy recover stability. Following 3 ratings actions in July on Suriname, Marla interviews Fitch Director, America’s Sovereign Ratings Kelli Bissett-Tom to get her views on the key areas that need to be addressed in order to strengthen investor confidence and place the economy on a more […]

St. Lucia in a Post-COVID World: Interview with PM Allen Chastanet

July 16, 2020
Marla Dukharan speaks with St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet about the current and future plans for St Lucia as it moves forward during COVID-19. PM Chastanet outlines his progressive actions aimed at dealing with the pandemic in real time while simultaneously moving the economy and people of St. Lucia in a positive direction towards […]

COVID Impacts on Caribbean Credit Ratings: Where Have All the Tourists Gone?

July 6, 2020
Moody’s recently published GDP growth scenarios for Caribbean-rated sovereigns citing a lack of economic diversification and fiscal space as key vulnerabilities to a sustained drop in tourism. Marla interviews Moody’s VP and Senior Analyst David Rogovic to get deeper insights into what this means for the Caribbean. Moody’s assessment is available at https://bit.ly/moodys-tourism-2020

Lives and Livelihoods – The IDB COVID-19 Caribbean Survey

June 1, 2020
Startling results from the IDB’s COVID-19 survey show how quickly vulnerability has increased in the Caribbean. From nearly 12,500 surveys the IDB looks at job losses, business impacts and hunger & changes in diet in the first 6 weeks of the Great Lockdown in the Caribbean. Read the survey at https://blogs.iadb.org/caribbean-dev-trends/en/covid-19-the-caribbean-crisis/ The video features Laura […]

Same Caribbean, Different Disaster: Climate Change and COVID-19

May 5, 2020
COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis; but climate change brings us challenges that we do know how to build resilience for. Ahead of the next Atlantic Hurricane season, the IDB discusses with Marla the economics of climate change, how to minimize impacts when disasters hit, why climate-adaptive infrastructure is cheaper in the long-run, and the impacts […]

Caribbean Economic Scenarios Under COVID-19: Quantifying the Impact

May 1, 2020
How will COVID-19 impact tourism, remittances and GDP in the Caribbean? Marla Dukharan interviews Maria Alejandra Zegarra and Henry Mooney of the IDB to gain insight into the potential economic scenarios under COVID-19. This video offers highlights of the IDB’s economic scenarios from their quarterly report, which can be downloaded at https://flagships.iadb.org/en/caribbean-region-quarterly-bulletin-2020-q1

Caribbean Economic Outlook: COVID-19 Update April 2020

April 24, 2020
Based on new estimates from the IMF and countries around the region, Marla walks us through global and regional GDP growth scenarios for 2020 taking into account the impacts of COVID-19. This April 2020 update to her Caribbean Economic Outlook 2020 also reviews the region’s GDP growth in 2009 during the Global Financial Crisis as […]

#AskMarla Episode 1: COVID-19, Outlook Trinidad & Tobago

April 24, 2020
Marla Responds to your questions on the Caribbean that help you plan and make better decisions. This week, our audience’s questions centered on COVID-19 impacts for the Caribbean and the economic outlook for Trinidad & Tobago. #AskMarla by submitting your questions using the form here: https://marladukharan.typeform.com/to/NCdy1j

COVID-19 Caribbean Economic Impact

April 24, 2020
The socio-economic effects of COVID-19’s sudden-stop represent the most significant shock we have experienced in about 100 years. In this session, Marla reviews her outlook on: • What the COVID-19 crisis means for the Caribbean • Economic impacts for tourism producers vs commodity producers • Remittances, tourism & travel and energy exports Download the full […]


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