High-level agriculture teams from Guyana, Suriname and Jamaica are to meet today with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to seek new ways to improve on relations, the bank says.
IDB, in a statement yesterday, noted that it is funding several agricultural projects in the Caribbean and while Guyana and Jamaica have established the Civil Society Consulting Groups (ConSOC), Suriname is still to do so.
Today’s forum will see Guyana and Jamaica, along with the civil society representatives from Suriname, updated and fully briefed in relation to the status and implementation of key IDB-funded projects in the agricultural sector.
The visiting teams along with their Guyanese counterparts will be meeting with the project executing units of the Ministry of Agriculture today at Duke Lodge, Kingston, IDB said.
“The meeting will allow for the visiting delegations and the local ConSOC to get firsthand experience into the working relationship that exists between civil society and the projects being implemented by the IDB. The teams will meet with the Agriculture Sector Development Units (ASDU), which will present them with project updates on two projects…”
These include the Agriculture Export Diversification Programme (AEDP) and the Agriculture Support Services Programme (ASSP).
According to the IDB, the meetings are in line with the bank’s policy commitment to engage civil society and increase the opportunities for dialogue in development projects.
“The main objective of the exchange visit is to build partnerships for development and to give firsthand experience of the way civil society in Guyana is working with the IDB.”
“This is the first meeting of its kind between IDB’s Civil Society Consulting Groups (ConSOC) in the Caribbean and the event is expected to strengthen relations with the IDB and regional civil society partners on development issues. While Guyana and Jamaica have already established their Civil Society Consulting Groups (ConSOCs) the Surinamese delegation will seek to learn from Guyana and Jamaica’s experiences with a view of establishing their own ConSOC.”
The three-day civil society exchange visit started on Wednesday in Georgetown.
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