CARICOM Caribbean Leadership Development Project

Top Government Officials in the Caribbean Community CARICOM will gather here next week for a Caribbean Leadership Development Program.

The Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP), funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will convene the second module for Cohort Three in its Leadership Development Programme.

Permanent Secretaries and Officers of equivalent rank from nine CARICOM Countries will attend the sessions, which will be held at the Sunset Shores Beach Hotel from July 21st to 25th

An official Opening Ceremony will be held at the Official Residence of Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, on Monday beginning at 7pm.

An address will also be made by Mr. Daniel Joly, Counsellor and Head, Development Cooperation at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

As part of each module, the Leadership Development Program, participants will 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. Vincent and the Grenadines, the participants will be examining the International Airport Development Company Limited, the Central Water and Sewerage Authority, the National Emergency Management Organisation, and the St. Vincent Electric Company.

These field visits will provide opportunities for the participants to explore the significant shifts that have occurred in the life of these organisations and the role of leadership in supporting those shifts

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 is scheduled to take place in Barbados, in September. There will also be a study tour to Canada in October, before the programme culminates with a leadership symposium to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in December.

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.