UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean COVID-19 Response Programme Update

Jul 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented 
shifts across the globe. Governments of the Caribbean
 have been actively deploying national responses to the
 threat of this deadly virus in the context of already 
challenged fiscal realities, physical infrastructure and 
service delivery systems. As these countries’ economies
 are not sufficiently diversified and rely on tourism, foreign 
direct investment and trade for their growth, the massive
 slow-down in output and imports will amplify the first order effects of the disease in the region. The
 pandemic’s combined impact is therefore likely to not
 only be widespread, affecting virtually all aspects of the 
economies, but to continue well after the population has
 recovered from the physical health symptoms of the
 disease. In the case of most countries in the Eastern Caribbean, the impact of the virus will reinforce existing social and economic vulnerabilities, inequalities and
 risks.

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