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Ceyla Pazarbasioglu said: “When the pandemic struck, many emerging and developing economies were already vulnerable due to record-high debt levels and much weaker growth. Combined with structural bottlenecks, this will amplify the long-term damage of deep recessions associated with the pandemic,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

Ayhan Kose said: “Oil-exporting emerging and developing economies entered the current crisis with eroded fiscal positions after having drawn on them to weather the 2014-16 oil price drop. In addition to the unprecedented public health crisis, these economies are now experiencing sharp economic downturns as their export revenues nosedive,” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

James Fletcher remarked: “The current crisis has demonstrated just how fragile our development agendas are. In 10 Caribbean countries, tourism accounts for more than 25% of the national GDP, while in Eastern Caribbean states, this figure ranges from 30% to over 80%. Tourism is the sector that has been hit the hardest, and it will be one of the slowest ones to recover, which will impact government revenues, employment and families” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

James Fletcher noted: “Our tourism industry must be more sustainable. We must ensure that it leads to social equity” “In my opinion, the most important task is strengthening the relationship between tourism and agriculture” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

Vinícius Pinheiro explained: “Occupational safety and health must be considered as a fundamental investment to protect workers and their families and to ensure the continuity of companies,” “It is one of the keys to reactivating production with decent work and for reconciling the objectives of containing the pandemic and economic recovery” External link

thevoiceslu Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

Michelle Bachelet said: “The voices calling for an end to the killings of unarmed African Americans need to be heard. The voices calling for an end to police violence need to be heard. And the voices calling for an end to the endemic and structural racism that blights US society need to be heard,” “At all times, but especially during a crisis, a country needs its leaders to condemn racism unequivocally; for them to reflect on what has driven people to boiling point; to listen and learn, and to take actions that truly tackle inequalities,” External link

caribbeannewsglobal Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Michelle Bachelet said: “What has been happening is an unprecedented assault on journalists. In some cases, they have been attacked or even arrested while on air. It is all the more shocking given that freedom of expression and of the media are fundamental principles in the US, central to the country’s identity,” “I call on the authorities at all levels to ensure the message is clearly understood – reporters must be able to do their important work free from attacks or repression” External link

caribbeannewsglobal Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Michelle Bachelet said: “There can be no doubt as to what or who is ‘behind’ these protests. We have seen thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters, of diverse backgrounds, taking to the streets to demand their rights and to call for change. Many police officers, as well as National Guard troops, have also responded peacefully to those gathered on the streets,” External link

caribbeannewsglobal Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Michelle Bachelet said: “In addition, there must be a profound examination of a wide range of issues, including socio-economic factors and deep-seated discrimination. To move forward, communities must be able to participate in shaping decisions that affect them and be able to air their grievances,” External link

caribbeannewsglobal Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Luis Almagro writes: “In these difficult times, member states must be the main protagonists and actors in the democratic process. The Inter-American Democratic Charter recognizes them as the main actors in promoting and defending democracy as an essential system for social, political and economic development, which implies respect for others, the defense of the rules of the game, non-discrimination, the peaceful resolution of conflicts and the non-arbitrary exercise of authority,” External link

caribbeannewsglobal Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Michael Sullivan said: “Trying to predict the future is folly,” External link

caribbeannewsglobal Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:17:00 AM CEST

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