In 2005, Sir K. Dwight Venner, late Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) outlined the need to enhance leadership skills of the region’s Public service. In 2007 during an address to CARICOM leaders in Barbados, then Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, stated:
"The Leadership Development Programme will help the Region develop a new generation of leaders…providing them with skills to resolve complex governance, economic and social issues, and advance the values of gender equality, human rights, equity and democracy. The programme will also support more transparent, accountable and effective public sector management."
The Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP) is based in Barbados and has been active in developing the transformational leadership skills of senior public servants in the Caribbean. In 2016, the CLP invited Wayne Jones (Jamaica Civil Service Association), the titular member on the Inter-American Regional Executive Committee and Sandra Massiah, the PSI sub-regional secretary for the Caribbean to serve on its second Action Research Round Table (ARRT).
The focus of this round of research was the "Enabling Environment for Leadership Development and Practice in Caribbean Public Services." During the symposium, the lead research will provide information on the the findings.
Building Leadership Resilience is the focus of the 2-day Symposium. Over 120 senior leaders in public sectors from across the Caribbean, including representatives of key regional and international agencies will participate. The Symposium includes a one-day workshop focused on practical techniques and approaches to increase mental toughness, respond to stressful events and thrive in the face of adversity. On day two, the Symposium will feature enriching discourse on the enabling environment for leadership development; revitalising the Caribbean with Action Learning; leadership bright spots in the Caribbean, and the way forward for leadership development in the sub-region. The Symposium is a critical space for ongoing discussions on the future of public services in the Caribbean and on the various models of public sector transformation and leadership development.
Details on the symposium including the programme are available on the website https://www.caribbeanleadership.org/symposium2018/