Governor announces Speakers for the 5th Governor’s Symposium

Today, the Governor of Sint Maarten, His Excellency drs. E.B. Holiday, announced the speakers for the 2016 Governor’s Symposium with as theme Securing National development.

Dr. M. Arnold McIntyre, the Deputy Division Chief, Caribbean Division I and Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is scheduled to provide the keynote address at the Symposium. Mr. McIntyre recently concluded his official working visit (‘mission’) to Sint Maarten as part of the regular consultations under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. In addition to the keynote address, the program for the 2016 Governor’s Symposium includes featured regional speaker Dr. Ryan Peterson and national speakers Ms. Fenna Arnell, Mr. Tadzio Bervoets, and Mrs. Candia Joseph. Each will highlight aspects of national development from their own perspective and discipline. The youth under the guidance of Ms. Nicole Maccow, will highlight the theme from an education and youth perspective.

With the diversity of speakers, as well as a round table conference moderated by Ms. Marcia Illidge, the 5th Governor’s Symposium aims to inform those present and through them the broader Sint Maarten community about the actions required for securing national development. The Governor hopes that the selected speakers will cause the guests “to reexamine how decisions and actions by government, by civil society, by the private sector and by the media have shaped and continue to influence the national development of our country” and by doing such inspire attendees “to identify opportunities and act to secure our nations national development”.

This year’s Symposium will be held on Friday June 24th, 2016 at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa and is by invitation only.

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