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Regional Leadership Development Programme to be held in Belize

January 15 2016 - by The Caribbean Leadership Project

The Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP), funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and executed by the Canada School of Public Service, will convene the third module for Cohort 5 in its Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from January 18th – 22nd, 2016. The upcoming module will be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina in Belize and follows two previous modules which were held in Barbados and Antigua & Barbuda, respectively.                                                       

The overall purpose of this LDP is to support public service leaders in developing their capacity to contribute more effectively to regional integration, economic growth and gender-sensitive public sector reform. In this regard, this fifth cohort of the LDP comprises twenty-four Deputy Permanent Secretaries/Deputy CEOs/Directors and officers of comparable rank from the Region. In keeping with the CLP’s commitment to promote regional integration, these senior public leaders will travel to a different participating country for each module of the LDP. The countries participating in the Project are; Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

The theme for this workshop is Leading through Others. Against this background, participants will go on field trips in Belize on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 to explore the challenges, successes and other contributing factors which have led to the formation of effective partnerships between: 

  • The Government and the stakeholders represented on The Economic Development Council
  • RESTORE Belize, UNICEF, the National Institute of Culture and History in the form of The Pandemonium Steel Pan Band
  • BELTRAIDE, University of Belize, The Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Development Finance Corporation in the form of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC)
  • Government and CARE-Belize in the form of The Inspiration Centre 

It is worthy to note that several Belizean public service officials have benefited from the LDP including; 

  • Audrey Wallace, CEO, Office of the Prime Minister
  • David Leacock, CEO, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
  • Tracy Panton, Minister of State, Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade & Commerce
  • Colin Young, CEO, Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities
  • Judith Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation
  • Lliani Arthurs, Director, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Department of Human Services
  • Marydelene Vasquez, Director, RESTORE Belize, Office of the Prime Minster 

One other senior official – namely Mrs. Michelle Longsworth, Director of the Central Information Technology Office in the Ministry of Finance - is currently enrolled in the current cohort.  

By participating in this LDP, 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 fourth module of the LDP will be held in St. Vincent & the Grenadines in February. 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. 

For further information about the Caribbean Leadership Project and the Leadership Development Programme, please visit our website