PM off to Panama
The Office of the Prime Minister today announced plans by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to visit Panama on Tuesday, as leader of a delegation to the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) VII in Panama City to be held between Wednesday and Friday. Persad-Bissessar returns Friday.
According to the statement from the Office of the Prime Minister -
"The Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) is part of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) which will be held in Panama, the 2013 Chair Pro Tempore of the RIAC. The ACF is the Western Hemisphere’s preeminent event for government and business leaders to discuss innovative methods to achieve economic competitiveness and promote innovation in the Americas.
It distinguishes itself from other international gatherings by promoting novel approaches to economic competitiveness and enabling private and public sector representatives to take advantage of creative opportunities to explore new business models and expand their businesses.
ACF brings together more than 1,000 leaders from the 34 nations in the Americas, including Heads of State, Cabinet members, business executives, trade delegates, academics and representatives from the region’s public and private competitiveness councils, non-governmental and international organizations. The ACF provides a platform for dialogue on ways to enhance the region’s ability to compete more successfully in the current economic context. The theme for the 2013 Forum is “Infrastructure and Technology Shaping Countries Today”.
By letter dated May 1, 2013, the President of the Republic of Panama, His Excellency Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal, as Chair Pro Tempore of RIAC 2013, extended an invitation to the Honourable Prime Minister to be a special guest at the Forum.
During the period of the Forum, a number of plenary sessions will be held which will include the following:
· Regional Overview of Infrastructure and Logistic which will focus on the achievements, the challenges and areas of opportunity.
· Macroeconomic Challenges which will focus on creative methods to invest in the infrastructure of the future while maintaining macroeconomic stability.
· The Challenge of the Region as it relates to Education which will focus on infrastructure for education.
· Global Perspective on Infrastructure Policy.
Trinidad and Tobago will host the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum in 2014, the attendance of the Prime Minister at the forum in Panama will facilitate the transition ceremony as Chair Pro Tempore of RIAC 2014.
Additionally, Mrs Persad-Bissessar will lead the delegation that is travelling to Panama for the Signing of the Partial Scope Trade Agreement between Trinidad & Tobago and Panama.
The Prime Minister and the Panamanian President will witness the signing at 9 am on Thursday. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Dookeran and Ambassador Mervyn Assam will be in attendance".