In Episode 3 of Better Than Before, leveraging COVID-19 for a sustainable Caribbean, Professor Winston Moore addresses COVID-19 recovery, green jobs, economic developments and the just transition of the workforce in the Caribbean.
Professor Moore is a Professor of Economics and a Deputy Principal at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. His recent research examines the issues surrounding the green economy, private sector developments, as well as the economic impacts of climate change on tourism.
Building back a better Caribbean after the pandemic is about making sure that investments and recovery are aligned with sustainable development. Professor Moore believes that sustainable development is all about ensuring growth and opportunities, while still minimizing the impact on the environment.
Some of the efforts he believes Caribbean nations should take to be more resilient include embedding the green concept in everything we do, utilizing technology in agriculture to improve food security, and improving health information networks.
Professor Moore dives into the concept of green growth and what it really means. He explains how this can benefit the Caribbean, especially in the post COVID-19 era. He also describes how different technologies are used in Barbados to benefit both the environment and the economy. He also explains what the just transition of the workforce means.
There are three types of investments that Professor Moore recommends to support the just transition: green investments, investments in people, and research and development.
To wrap up, he highlights his biggest takeaways from the pandemic, and the recommendation he has for the region to maximize the benefits of post-COVID recovery measures.
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The Better Than Before series is supported under the “Amplifying local voices for a just and resilient COVID-19 recovery” project, which is being implemented by CANARI in collaboration with Panos Caribbean, with funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Better Than Before is hosted by Derval Barzey, edited and produced by Breadfruit Media, with artwork by Carey Digital.