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Top public sector leaders to meet in St. Kitts next week

The overall purpose of the programme is to support public service leaders in developing their capacity to contribute more effectively to regional integration, economic growth and gender-sensitive public sector reform. In this regard, this second cohort of the LDP comprises twenty-four Permanent Secretaries/CEOs/Directors and officers of comparable rank from the Region.

The Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP), is funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and executed by the Canada School of Public Service. Next week’s event will therefore see the launch of the second module for Cohort 2 in its Leadership Development Programme (LDP) and will be held from November 25th – 29th, 2013.

The upcoming module follows the launch of the new cohort at the Cave Hill School of Business/University of the West Indies in Barbados.

During the Opening Ceremony, which will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on November 25th, at 8:30 am, Prime Minister Douglas will speak on the topic: The Role of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships in Transforming the Economy of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Other featured speakers include Mrs. Louise Clément, Minister Counsellor (Development) and Canada’s Director to the Caribbean Development Bank, DFATD, Ms. Colleen Rossiter, CLP’s Project Director and Ms. Joan H. Underwood, CLP’s Regional Project Manager.

This second cohort of the LDP comprises twenty-four Permanent Secretaries/CEOs/Directors and officers of comparable rank from the Region. In keeping with CLP’s commitment to promote regional integration, these senior public leaders will travel to a different participating country for each module of the LDP. The countries participating in the Project are; Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

As part of each week-long module, the LDP participants go on field trips in order to examine areas of leadership and public sector management that are working extremely well in the Region. In the case of St. Kitts and Nevis, the participants will be examining four initiatives, namely: the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm at Sir Gilles, the Brimstone Hill Fortress, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) and the St Christopher Air, Sea and Ports Authority (SCASPA) Solar Farm.

By participating in this Leadership Development Programme, participants are expected to advance regional integration and economic development by bringing practical learning to the workplace and developing a network of trusted colleagues during and beyond the programme.

The third module of the LDP will take place in Belize in January. There will also be a study tour to Canada in February 2014, before the programme culminates with a leadership symposium to be held in Saint Lucia in April. Subsequent cohorts of the LDP will target the next two levels of public service officers (both technical and administrative) in the chain of command within Central Governments and key regional institutions.






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