BELMOPAN, BELIZE — In an effort to further enhance professional development and ultimately improve lives across the Caribbean, particularly in Belize, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has undertaken a skills training series that is set to run until December 2021.
Through the Professional Development Series initiative, which began in August, the IDB hopes “to continue to deliver efficiency and service excellence in all its operations”.
Speaking to the progress of the training series, IDB Country Representative for Belize Ramiro López-Ghio said, “To support the achievement of the goals set out under the bank’s strategic vision for the region, ‘Vision 2025 — Reinvesting in the Americas’, which shapes our strategic intervention with Belize, the IDB Group has committed to strengthen its financial response capacity and its value proposition.
“This requires a greater degree of adaptability to design projects; agility in project monitoring and management; and absorptive capacity to lead or manage change.
“This is specifically what this capacity-building initiative, the Professional Development Series, is designed to do.”
Such a training program is in line with recent recommendations made by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which urged regional governments to expand continued training programs that promote formal employment in an effort to bolster economic growth.
Dr. Joseph Ismael Khan, a project management professional and certified project consultant who holds a doctorate degree in management, is facilitating the training.
In a statement expressing its gratitude to the IDB for “continuous support that assists in fostering the economic growth of Belize”, the government lauded the Professional Development Series as a “capacity-building initiative [that] will help strengthen the skills of public officers”.
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Dr. Osmond Martinez was reported as wholeheartedly supporting the training programme, “as these areas are potentially transformative in improving how the government manages the planning and execution of projects”.
According to the government’s statement, “This training that is taking place in a collaborative manner with staff of the IDB Country Office in Belize will provide further opportunities for shared learning between the bank staff and staff from the Project Execution Units of the government.”
It added, “The knowledge gained will not only apply to IDB-financed endeavors but also to other critical and high-priority initiatives being executed or planned for Belize.”