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World Bank VP encourages public-private partnerships

World Bank Vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Familiar World Bank Vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Familiar
Montego Bay, Jamaica Oct. 24, 2014 - World Bank  vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Familiar, has encouraged Caribbean governments to create more partnerships with the private sector and to "leverage young talents" as ways to stimulate economic growth.

Speaking at a High Level Caribbean Forum in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Familiar praised Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago for putting in place reforms to improve the business climate, but said that more needs to be done to fill in the infrastructure gap, reduce the high cost of electricity and ease dependence on oil.

Familiar pointed out that "The private sector can play an important role in financing infrastructure through Public Private Partnership. At the same time such projects need to be carefully designed and structured from a financial point of view so that they are well suited for an environment of rising interest rates and increased volatility."

The World Bank executive also encouraged Caribbean governments to focus more on young people, pointing out that "By leveraging young talents, Jamaica and other Caribbean countries are positioning themselves to become technology hubs."

The High Level Caribbean Forum, which ended on Friday, brought together prime ministers, finance ministers, central bank governors and other high-ranking officials from Caribbean countries, as well as senior officials from the IMF, Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and the private sector.

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