The World Bank said on Monday, Dec. 16 that its Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$20 million credit to support Grenada’s transition to a resilient blue economy.
The Washington-based financial institution said the “Second Fiscal Resilience and Blue Growth Development Policy Credit” fosters reforms to support fiscal sustainability, strengthen marine and coastal management, and build climate resilience.
This operation, the second in a programmatic series of two IDA credits, deepens support for Grenada’s policy and institutional measures to maintain fiscal discipline and diversify the economy towards a blue growth model that is based on sustainable and well-governed use of ocean resources,” the bank said in a statement.
IDA, or International Development Association, is the concessional financing arm of the World Bank.
It said the operation includes fiscal reform measures, such as building fiscal buffers, improving public expenditure management, instituting customs and excise reforms, and improving transparency of public enterprises.”
Tahseen Sayed, World Bank Director for the Caribbean, said: “Fiscal sustainability and strengthening environmental management are critical for building cross-cutting resilience in Grenada.
“Protecting and preserving the rich marine and ocean resources is essential for the country’s successful transition to a blue economy and for boosting coastal tourism, which contributes 24 percent to the country’s GDP,” she added. “The World Bank is committed to expanding its support for the Caribbean’s transition to a sustainable blue economy.”
The World Bank said the operation also supports the Grenada Government’s measures for better environment and natural resource management, including integrated coastal zone management and inclusion of environmental sustainability requirements in public procurement.
“A major policy measure is the ban of Styrofoam food containers, and the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags and disposable utensils,” the bank said. “Plastic pollution represents one of the Caribbean’s main environmental challenges that is polluting watersheds, coastal areas, the ocean, and poses a threat to ocean biodiversity and tourism development.”