H.E. Ms. Marsha K. A. Caddle

H.E. Ms. Marsha K. A. Caddle

Marsha Caddle is a Barbadian economist and public policy strategist who now serves as Barbados’ Minister of Industry, Innovation, Science and Technology.

A former Minister for Economic Affairs and Investment in Barbados from 2018-2022, she helped lead Barbados’ 2018 economic recovery programme, which saw the country’s depleted foreign reserves increase eightfold by the end of the term, and its debt and arrears fall by a third following an international and domestic debt restructuring. She was ministerial negotiator on climate finance for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in 2021, introducing in the Glasgow Climate Pact the use of redistributed Special Drawing Rights for scaled up finance in climate vulnerable nations. She also led the first reform of physical planning and land use policy in over 50 years.

Her areas of work are climate & development finance and sustainable development; data and national statistics; poverty, inequality and human development; public investment, growth and competitiveness; and physical planning. She has led the Governance practice at the Caribbean Development Bank, managed the Poverty Reduction programme with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Economic Security and Rights programme of the then United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Caribbean Offices.

She is a pioneer economist in applying gender and macroeconomic policy frameworks to public finance in the Caribbean, and is a member of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) and the International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics (GEM-IWG). Her work experience in economic policy and human development spans over 20 countries. She has written and spoken extensively on matters of equality and economic and climate justice.

In 2022, she founded The Bold Centre, a think-and-do tank that helps address global issues of just transition for developing populations, such as climate and technology.

Hon. Marsha Caddle M.P. is an elected Member of Parliament in the Barbados House of Assembly.

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    The Barbados Parliament
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    Minister of Industry, Innovation, Science and Technology

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