Limya Eltayeb, Resident Representative (RR) for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Multi-Country Office (MCO) has wrapped up a 3-day visit to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). She presented her letter of credence to the Premier, Dr. the Hon. Natalio D. Wheatley on Wednesday 11 January as she continues to strengthen relationships in the region. This high-level mission also served to discuss with local counterparts what are their challenges, priorities, and identify areas of support and reiterate the UNDPs commitment to the Government and citizens of the BVI.
The meetings highlighted the importance of institutional structures, capacity, policy implementation and data collection and analysis. Discussions also focused on continuing work on developing the Blue and Green economies, growing MSMEs economic contributions, climate change adaptation, digital transformation and enhancing social inclusion policies. The necessity for innovative thinking around financing for development was also explored.
The visit concluded with areas of mutually agreed support and developing targeted projects and programmes. The UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean MCO remains committed to working in partnership with the Government of BVI to advance their sustainable development agenda through building resilient communities, empowering people and protecting the most vulnerable.
It is vital that efforts continue to reinforce the need for regional resilience, building forward better build and bolstering livelihoods for traditionally vulnerable groups. With the vision of “Blue Economy for Green Islands”, UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, in partnership with governments and stakeholders, remains dedicated to the advancement of inclusive and sustainable development throughout the region, and ensuring no one is left behind.