Governor announces speakers for 5th Governor’s Symposium

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HARBOUR VIEW –  On Monday, June 20, the Governor of St. Maarten Eugene B. Holiday, announced the speakers for the 2016 Governor’s Symposium with the theme: “Securing National Development.”

Deputy Division Chief, Caribbean Division I and Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dr. M. Arnold McIntyre is scheduled to provide the keynote address at the Symposium. McIntyre recently concluded his official working visit (mission) to St. 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 Fenna Arnell, Tadzio Bervoets, and Candia Joseph. Each will highlight aspects of national development from their own perspective and discipline. The youth under the guidance of 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 Marcia Illidge, the 5th Governor’s Symposium aims to inform those present and through them the broader St. 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 nation’s national development.”

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

For more information on the Governor’s Symposium: http://www.kabgsxm.com.