(ZIZ News) — The 45th annual meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank’s [CDB] Board of Governors will get underway next week and the local organising committee is finalising preparations to guarantee a successful meeting.
On Tuesday, Theodore Browne: Coordinator of the local organising committee, backed by Volville Forsythe, Assistant Bank Secretary; and Angela Parris, Manager of CDB’s Information Unit, hosted a press briefing at the Customs Conference Room at Bird Rock.
Browne said his committee, which was set up in September 2014, is ensuring that St. Kitts and Nevis is promoted as a premier tourist destination so that visitors will return even after the Board of Governors Meeting.
“There are a number of activities outside of the annual meeting, such as the accompanying persons programme which Allister Williams is the point person behind that and his committee has planned a number of activities for the Accompanying Persons Programme such as shopping around town, the Scenic Railway tour, and also a tour to Brimstone Hill etcetera, so we giving the accompanying persons a sample of the Kittitian and Nevisian hospitality. There’s also a tour planned to the sister island of Nevis on Friday 22nd May,” he noted.
Other members of the local organising committee are Deputy Conference Coordinator, Ingrid Browne; Amenities and Events Coordinator, Allister Williams; Security Coordinator, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ian Queeley; Geran Williams, Transportation Coordinator; Stanley Franks Jr., Logistics Coordinator; Grell Browne and Lisa Pistana, Communication Coordinators; Information Technology Coordinator, Eartha Chiverton; Nadrine Daniel, Secretary; Ashmaine Allers, Financial Officer; Press Secretary Clecton Phillip and William Phillip.
Forsythe gave an overview of the itinerary, noting that although the Board of Governors Meeting is set for May 20th and 21st, activities will run from 18th May to 22nd May.
The meeting will feature two sessions with the first scheduled for May 20th. It will address “Making Regional Air Transport Work Better for the Caribbean.”
“That seminar will be chaired by the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves,” Forsythe stated.
“We do have several other distinguished members that are panelists: people who have been in the industry. We have Mr. David Evans: Chief Executive Officer of LIAT; Mr. Ian Bertrand who is the Former Chief Executive Officer of the then BWIA; Mr. Narry William Singh, the Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority,” he explained.
On Tuesday, the CDB Information Manager Angela Parris, who has been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in organising the Vybzing Youth Initiative, addressed the gathering on the progress made to date.
As part of the pre meeting activities, 33 young people from St. Kitts and Nevis will participate in the Vybzing Youth Forum from May 13th to 15th at the Ocean Terrace Inn.