President Granger to be the keynote speaker at CAPAM 2018 conference

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 15, 2018

President David Granger will be the keynote speaker at the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2018 Biennial Conference on 22-24 October in Georgetown, Guyana.

CAPAM is an Associated Organisation of the Commonwealth.

The conference will seek to examine how governments deal with the duality of advancing economies while simultaneously ensuring the sustainability of their environments.

This year’s CAPAM conference is being held under the theme: Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance, which falls in line with President David Granger’s push towards a ‘green’ development trajectory.

The forum will explore means through which the public sector can reduce its carbon footprint, while still contributing to the country’s development through the sustainable management of the country’s natural resources.

Gay Hamilton, CEO of CAPAM said: “CAPAM believes that Guyana is the most suitable country for the hosting of its biennial conference since it not only possesses a strong history of conservation and a green heartland but has an economy to grow, which is an expectation of its citizens.”

President Granger has said the green agenda that Guyana is pursuing is “a pathway not only to economic prosperity but also to social wellbeing. It is more than the contribution of our forest to carbon storage; it is more than the avoidance of deforestation; it is more than the introduction of renewable energy sources… It is about protecting our health; the health of our people and our children; it is about protecting our patrimony.”

The CAPAM conference provides a space for government leaders within the Commonwealth to share knowledge and network in order to improve governance. Guyana is expected to host approximately 350 international delegates on October 22-24, 2018.

As a tangential component to the conference, Guyana will also host the CAPAM’s International Innovation Awards, an award ceremony highlighting pioneering ideas from global participants in the public sector.

 

By: Nateshia Isaacs

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