PM Signs US$285M IDB Credit Facility For Post Disaster Shock


Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (left), along with President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, sign a US$285-million contingency credit facility on November 26 in Washington DC.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has signed a US$285-million contingency credit facility with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that will provide the country with immediate financing during the emergency recovery phase after a disaster.

The agreement was signed on Monday, November 26, during a brief meeting with IDB officials in Washington DC, where the Prime Minister is attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters, from November 26 to 28.

The loan is intended to buffer the financial shock of a disaster on Jamaica’s fiscal balance, thereby increasing the nation’s financial stability and efficiency as well as its disaster preparedness and response, A JIS release said.

The contingent financing, funded from the IDB’s Ordinary Capital, has a maturity period of 25 years, a grace period of 5.5 years, and an interest rate based on the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). This is a benchmark rate that indicates how much it costs banks to borrow from each other. The executing agency will be the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

Meanwhile, speaking at the IMF Conference on Monday, Prime Minister Holness said governments in the Caribbean must continue to acknowledge the importance of including disaster risk management in fiscal policy frameworks, to efficiently and financially safeguard future development.

Franklin McKnight

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