Some 120 high calibre, mid-career men and women, selected from government, business and civil society across the Caribbean and Canada, will be in Barbados next June as part of the Caribbean -Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD).

This was announced today by Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as he delivered an address at the launch of the CCELD (Barbados) Inc. at Hilton Barbados.

Noting that past study tours had been restricted to Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, Mr. Stuart said he was pleased that "this nascent Barbados Chapter, clearly demonstrating its leadership muscle, has been able to bring the tour here".??

The Acting Prime Minister explained that the CCELD was designed to provide a forum for networking, interchange of experience, and strengthening of leadership capabilities.

Referring to its guiding theme, ???Growth through Connection – Enabling Sustainable Progress‘, he pointed out that participants would "delve into important strategic areas such as governance, regional cooperation, innovation, the environment, sustainable economic growth and social inclusion".??

Mr. Stuart indicated that due attention and effort should be devoted to developing and strengthening leadership skills, which is key to any organisation.

"I compliment, therefore, the designers of CCELD for establishing clear goals and strategies to train and prepare a wide cross-section of young, mid-level persons, building upon the experience of the noted Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference," he stated.

The Acting Prime Minister expressed confidence that the Barbados Chapter would ensure that as many Barbadians as possible got the opportunity to benefit from the training being offered.

He also expressed Government’s "unequivocal and emphatic support for the programme" and exhorted the private sector to lend its full support as well. ??Mr. Stuart added that he looked forward to CCELD’s contribution towards the development of Barbados’ human resources to "help us grapple with the various challenges ahead of us".

The directors of CCELD (Barbados) Inc. are General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Sir Roy Trotman; Managing Director of Industrial Relations Solutions Ltd., Deighton Marshall; Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Water Authority, Arni Walters; retiree, Peter Marshall; Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Gayle Francis-Vaughn; and Sub-regional Secretary for the Caribbean – Public Services International, Sandra Massiah.??

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