Antigua and Barbuda heaps praises on the organisers of the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States

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Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. EP Chet Greene has heaped praise on the organisers of the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) and has assured them of Cabinet’s full support in ensuring that the historic gathering in Antigua and Barbuda is a major success.

Minister Greene, who is the Lead Minister on the Conference, was at the time receiving an exhaustive and comprehensive briefing from the multi-sectoral team that is now fully engaged in making all the necessary preparations for the conference during a meeting last week at the American University of Antigua (AUA), the conference venue for SIDS4.

He expressed confidence in the Secretariat team and the various agencies and departments across the government service who are being tasked with various responsibilities in ensuring that Antigua and Barbuda delivers on a successful outcome for all Small Island Developing States.

The conference will be crucial in devising practical and ambitious solutions to the major challenges, including climate change and the debt burden, that stand in the way of achieving the desired goal of sustainable development for all SIDS.

The Conference will bring the political leadership of island nations from across the globe as well as major international figures, development partners and senior officials and experts from the United Nations to Antigua and Barbuda for the May 27 – 30 meeting under the theme Charting a Course Toward Resilient Prosperity.

During last week’s meeting, which was also attended by Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Walton Webson, committee leaders presented reports that detailed progress in their respective areas and identified shortfalls or gaps where they may need additional support.

Minister Greene was fully briefed on several key matters including accommodation for visiting delegates and participants, the ongoing preparations of the main conference facility, traffic and security, health and safety provisions and other key areas that hinged on the overall logistical requirements for a conference of this standard and nature.

Minister Greene will be reporting back to Cabinet at its next meeting this week with very specific details about preparations to ensure that it remains on target with its commitment to fully mobilise resources in support of the conference.

Also joining the Minister at the meeting were his Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Ambassador Anthony Liverpool and Head of Protocol Ms. Karen Cabrall. The meeting was chaired by the National Coordinator of the Conference Ms. Sheila Roseau.

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