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Canada and the Caribbean Development Bank

2024 Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank

Canada will host the 54th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in Ottawa, Ontario, from June 17 to 20, 2024. The meeting will be held at the historic Château Laurier.

Canada will welcome more than 300 invitees from all over the world. The theme of the 4-day event is “Partnerships for Resilient Prosperity”.

This annual meeting is an opportunity for Canada to continue to strengthen its ties with the Caribbean region, foster linkages between CDB member countries and celebrate our partnership.

Canada has hosted the annual meeting twice before, in Halifax (2008) and Toronto (1997).

Canada has a long-standing relationship with the Caribbean Development Bank. We look forward to welcoming the CDB’s members, management, staff, delegates and all other participants.

The Caribbean Development Bank

Established in 1969 and based in Barbados, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is a multilateral development bank that lends primarily to the developing countries of the Caribbean.

The CDB provides loans, guarantees, technical assistance, and policy advice to borrowing member countries, towards the goal of systematic reduction of poverty through social and economic development. The Bank further assists Caribbean nations and enterprises in promoting economic cooperation and integration in the Caribbean region. It is the second largest provider of development finance in the Caribbean region after the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Bank has a membership of 28 countries and territories comprising 19 Borrowing Member Countries, four regional non-borrowing members, and five non-regional non-borrowing members.

Canada and Caribbean Development Bank

Canada is a founding member of the CDB and is the Bank's largest non-regional shareholder alongside the United Kingdom (each hold 9.31% of total shares). Canada is also the largest contributor to the CDB's Special Development Fund (SDF), which provides low-interest loans and grants to support the poorest and most vulnerable Caribbean countries. The SDF is the Bank's principal pool of concessional resources, and includes the Basic Needs Trust Fund, a CDB flagship program for poverty reduction.

The CDB's focus on building environmental, social and economic resilience makes it a key multilateral partner for Canada in its efforts to help the region build broad based economic growth and reduce poverty.

Canada's Minister of International Development sits on the CDB Board of Governors, the highest decision-making body of the Bank. Canada also sits on the CDB Board of Directors, which meets four times a year and reports to the Board of Governors.

Achievements

The CDB's development indicators and targets are identified in a multi-year corporate results framework. The results framework is used to measure and monitor progress key objectives in the Bank's strategic plan. Results are reported annually through its Development Effectiveness Review.

Canada monitors the results of the CDB to ensure it is delivering on its mandate to reduce poverty in the region, and reports annually on the performance of international financial institutions, including the CDB, in its report to Parliament on Canada's international assistance.

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