May 12, 2021

Regional conference in Curacao focuses on breaking barriers for Caribbean management consultants

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By Youri Kemp from Caribbean News Now associate editor

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) held its tenth anniversary annual conference last week April 18-20 in Curacao, hosted by the CICMC-Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Interim Chapter.

This year’s conference theme, “Breaking Barriers: Managing your Practice, Improving your Product, Partnering for Success”, set the tone for the three-day event that focused on a grand vision for the economic and social development of the Caribbean, sharing insight on the pressing issues of consultants in the region such as collaborating to increase business competitiveness, intellectual property protection, branding, and skills gaps in local markets.

In the keynote address, prime minister of Curacao, Eugene Rhuggenaath, spoke of his vision for one Caribbean, highlighting the need for collaborative efforts to move the region forward while emphasizing that “…communities should take intentional steps towards the social and economic development of citizens.”

In addition to Rhuggenaath delivering the keynote address, other speakers included policymakers and CIMC members from around the region, including: executive director Reema Nasser, International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI); general manager Therese Turner-Jones, Inter-American Development Bank – Caribbean Country Department; executive director, Sylvia Dohnert PhD, Compete Caribbean; and governor John Rolle, Central Bank of The Bahamas.

At the close of the conference, CICMC president, Donald Demeritte, thanked delegates and speakers for a successful event, noting the organisation’s mission to bring professional consultants together and leverage their collective strength.

“This conference represented a defining moment for the CICMC and the information and vision articulated by the speakers really demonstrated the depth and breadth of talent across the Caribbean,” said Demeritte.

Demerritte went on to add, “We believe that through a shared vision for progress and collaboration with our regional and global partners, the future we are building is a bright one full of Caribbean expertise.”

The next CIMC conference is scheduled to be held in Barbados in May, 2019.

IMAGE :CICMC President Donald Demeritte (center) and conference delegates

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