Celebrating, sharing and learning: Leadership in Action for Public Sector Policy Leaders

A Caribbean Development Bank conference held on 24th and 25th July marked the momentous end of the delivery of the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management Training (PCM) programme in 19 Borrowing Member Countries. In attendance was the University of Wolverhampton’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Geoff Layer and CIDT’s Professor Philip Dearden (Project Director), Ella Haruna (Project Manager), Des Mahony (Trainer) and Daniela Baur (Project Coordinator).

Prof. Layer’s input on ‘Working with citizens to meet the policy and practical challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals focused on a “whole-of-university” approach to deepen university engagement with the 2030 international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He celebrated programme achievements and posed key questions around programme sustainability.

The conference ‘Leadership in Action for Public Sector Policy Leaders’ brought together Caribbean public sector leaders to share lessons and policy challenges faced in the region. The one hundred delegates included representatives from the programme countries, Government of Barbados officials, CDB and development partner staff.

Opening remarks from Minister from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment the Honourable Marsha Caddle (above) stressed the gravity of regional challenges characterised by: “under-investment in social issues and social capital, under-investment in institutions, under-investment in infrastructure” with a “zero growth environment”.

The PPAM/PCM training programme delivered by CIDT and Dods training aimed to contribute to addressing the region’s public sector challenges, specifically project implementation gaps and capacity short-falls, by improving the management, monitoring and implementation of policies, programmes and projects across the Caribbean region.

The two day conference offered an opportunity to reflect and explore the challenges and opportunities that will be encountered in the run up to meeting the SDGs and how to date the public sector leaders in the Caribbean have worked to create change and transformation in policy and within their organisations.

Ian Durant (above), Deputy Director of Economics, CDB gave an overview of the regional economic situation, highlighting the economic reliance on tourism, the reliance of standard of living on high import content; and the need to develop competitive and diverse export-led economic growth to increase GDP growth from 4-5 % to 7%.

Key to achieving sustained regional growth is the ability to compete in the global arena and the associated need to digitalise regional systems and procedures, institutional challenges highlighted by PPAM and PCM programme consultations.

Devon Rowe (above), Executive Director of CARICAD commented on leadership challenges in the context of transformation and change. One third of the public sector personnel are approaching retirement only increasing the importance transferring of succession planning and leadership development – Rowe noted that leadership for a harmonised public sector across the region is contingent on personnel at every level.

Key speakers included Monica le Bennett, (CDB), Darran Newman (CDB), Ian Durrant (CDB), Devon Rowe (CARICAD), Trudy Waterman (CLP) Peter Gough (Government of Cayman Islands), Ruby Brown (MIND), and Dods programme associates Juanita Thorington-Powlett, Carlys Cadogan, Tara Lisa Persaud and Katie Driver

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