DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, talks technology and climate change resilience at IDB enclave

Deputy Prime Minister, K. Peter Turnquest (front) at the IDB enclave. (Photos courtesy of BIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest, in his capacity as one of the Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), attending the second day of the 7th Annual Consultation Meetings with Caribbean Governors of the Bank, participated in a panel discussion led by Sir Richard Branson and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno.

The discussions centered on climate change developments and how technology can impact climate resilience as countries contemplate rebuilding and infrastructure planning in a more sustainable way.

In the afternoon, Turnquest participated in a second panel discussion led by the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of the Republic of Estonia, on the importance of embracing the digital revolution and the benefits technological advancements can have on developing states including the ease of doing business and reducing high and low level corruption.

Turnquest earlier in the day held bilateral discussions with Former President Ilves where they discussed Estonia’s e-Governance model, available technology, implementation challenges and technical resources available to assist The Bahamas move forward with its plan to digitize its governance infrastructure, particularly those functions affecting efficient service delivery to the public.