The Annual IDB Group-Caribbean Civil Society Meeting “Citizen Engagement for Transparency,” will host representatives and experts from Barbados, Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Surinam, Guyana, and Jamaica. This will be the scenario for an active exchange of perspectives on the role of citizen engagement in fostering transparency and open governments.
The expansion of new information technologies and the region’s recent accelerated economic growth has transformed the role of citizen participation in the Caribbean. New ways of driving government and private sector transparency agendas are emerging.
Participants of this high-level dialogue will have the opportunity to share and learn about the governments’ latest strategic advancements at the intersection between citizen engagement, collaborative public policy development, and open government initiatives in the Caribbean.
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Bridgetown, Barbados will be the location for the IX Annual IDB Group-Caribbean Civil Society Meeting on November 12th.
Check in this section everything you need to know before traveling.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados. As the biggest city in the country, it has 110,000 inhabitants (in 2014). Founded in 1628, it was proclaimed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Hotel – Event location
Hilton Barbados Resort
Needham’s Point St Michael
Barbados International Airport
The Grantley Adams International Airport (also known as the Seawell Airport) is located in Seawell, 16 km (10 miles) east from Bridgetown, where the event will take place.
Admission and participation costs
1- This event is open to civil society representatives from Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, and Surinam.
2- This event is free from registration costs.
Bridgetown is a hot city, due to its geographic location and warm weather year-round. In November, temperatures range from 24°C to 30 °C, with presence of rain during approximately 14 days of the month.
Language and Interpretation Services
English is the official language of Barbados and the most commonly spoken in Bridgetown. Bajan is a second language spoken by the locals.
All sessions that will take place at this event will be held in English. Interpretation services to the Spanish language will not be available.
The Barbadian Dollar is the official currency for Barbados.
The IX Annual Caribbean Forum is a green event. Most information will be shared via screens on-site. We encourage all participants to print as little material as possible. During registration, participants will receive an information kit.
The official time in Barbados is UTC-4. To check the exact local time, visit this link.
Participants are solely responsible for their personal belongings, equipment and devices.
We recommend taking all necessary precautions to protect them and ensure your personal safety. For example, keep documents and valuables in your hotel room’s safe box, and avoid leaving cameras or similar items in plain sight. Only use transportation services that are properly identified or recommended.
Travel and Health Insurance
Participants are responsible for obtaining medical and/or travel insurance covering theft or personal accidents.
We strongly suggest getting travel insurance. The IDB is not responsible for medical and/or travel insurance covering theft or accidents before, during, or after the event.
The average duration of a taxi ride from the airport to the Hilton Barbados Resort is 25 minutes, and costs around US$20.00. Transportation to/from the airport and to activities not included in the event is responsibility of each participant.
We recommend using taxis from the official companies operating at the airport or hotel services.
We recommend wearing business-casual attire during the event. Remember that temperature inside conference rooms may vary.
Depending on their citizenship, attendees may require a visa to enter the country. However, most Latin American countries have visa waiver agreements. For a list of passports requiring a visa, visit this website.
For further enquiries, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1246 535-4100.
To obtain more information online, click here. Although the visa application processing time usually takes about two weeks, it might take longer than expected. We strongly suggest filing your visa application as soon as possible. The IDB is not responsible and does not cover visa-related expenses.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers from yellow fever-affected countries. For further information, visit this link.
Photo & Video Disclaimer
There will be photographic coverage and video recordings at the event. By entering its premises, you consent to the future use of this material by the IDB Group, and waive all rights you may have in connection with these products.
During this event, the topic of citizen participation’s capacity to boost transparency in the region, will be approached from different perspectives:
– Constructive contributions to public policy design.
– Access to information to achieve open governments.
– Citizen monitoring of public expenditure.
– Transparency in the extractive sector.
– Open government and gender perspectives.
More information coming soon.
Academics, international experts, IDB Group’s sector specialists, and field practitioners.