The pandemic has compounded the existing vulnerabilities of island nations, and has limited their fiscal ability to respond to the impacts of climate change, as well as the ongoing public health emergency. The Caribbean needs all the support it can get to ensure a sustainable recovery.
At a time when Caribbean infrastructure revitalization is critical, the Caribbean property and casualty insurance industry has become more selective than ever before in what they choose to underwrite. How can leaders secure insurance for their most important projects?
Without widespread immunisation and vaccine passports, it is hard to see how the the viability of Caribbean tourism could be restored, let alone the high intensity contact necessary to provide visitor services.
Despite warnings from clinicians, Barbados held on to a too-short quarantine and test protocol when its borders opened last summer. Now, a new surge in COVID cases and deaths begs retrospective policy questions.
President Biden has many difficult problems to address but has said that he wants to pursue a collegiate strategy with partners around the world. By any measure, a unilateral policy that has failed for over 60 years, and which has demonstrably not helped the Cuban people, requires urgent review.
While the Biden-Harris administration may reverse some of the US’ transactional and divisive foreign policy pursuits, the Caribbean needs to work together if it intends to realize more significant gains with the new administration which, no doubt, will be preoccupied with its domestic crises.