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World Bank report outlines two industries for more jobs in the Caribbean

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The World Bank has pinpointed two areas for job growth in 12 Caribbean countries. (Photo by Sora Shimazaki on Pexels)

Caribbean region ‘not living up to its potential’ in the digital and green economies, says World Bank

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS — With the call for greater economic diversification still ringing loud in most countries in the region, the World Bank has released a diagnostic report in which it singled out two key areas for development to create jobs in the Caribbean.

Caribbean countries could benefit from developing the digital economy and renewable energy sectors, the World Bank says.

In its regional private sector diagnostic (RPSD), “Promoting private sector-led growth to foster recovery and resilience in the Caribbean,” the World Bank undertook studies in 12 regional countries that it said have similar cultures, languages, geographies and economic and development challenges.

The countries, referred to in the report as “the CARI-12 states,” include: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Further, the World Bank said these countries can benefit from advancements in the digital economy and renewable energy.

It noted that it came to this conclusion after assessing which sectors could:

“On the basis of these criteria, building the foundations for the digital economy was selected for deeper assessment, followed by transitioning to renewable energy,” the World Bank said.

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    Digital services and renewable energy can work together

    The World Bank’s RPSD noted that developments in both of these sectors can work well together to boost their efficacy and the number of jobs created.

    It noted, “The digital economy can open major growth opportunities, but digital development in the CARI-12 is falling short of its enormous potential, despite its progress during the pandemic.”

    The digital economy and renewable energy sectors can work together to maximize job opportunities. (Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels)

    Additionally, as for renewable energy, it said, “The CARI-12’s vast renewable energy potential is currently overshadowed by the states’ heavy dependence on expensive fossil fuels.”

    However, addressing both of these points, the World Bank noted: “Leveraging digital services could be transformational in the region, repositioning the region in newer and more complex services, increasing the productivity of traditional sectors and enhancing the quality and inclusiveness of public services.

    “Transitioning to renewable energy could generate green growth, jobs and diversified income, while also mitigating the region’s dependence on imported heavy fuels and reducing costs for key sectors such as tourism…

    “Moreover, digital services and renewable energy are mutually reinforcing.

    “Lower electricity costs and higher energy stability can provide more fertile ground for the digital economy, while climate-smart grid technologies require well-developed and affordable digital networks.”

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