Dear Caribbean SIDS 2012 Conference Participants:
All of us on the program committee and local organizing committee are very happy to host the Second International Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development of Caribbean Small Island Developing States. The theme of this year’s conference is tri-fold: Planet, People, and Profit, with the intent to cover a large segment of the interrelated topics of concern to Caribbean SIDS.
The theme Planet is intended to promote discussion on ecology-related topics and we have a presentations scheduled on such topics as better utilization of scant resources, climate change and its consequences, risk assessments, and disaster response.
The topics under the theme People include literature and culture, the treatment of the young and the elderly, the movement of peoples across the Caribbean, and several presentations on education.
The last theme, alliteratively named Profit, deals more accurately with governance—how the public and private sectors of societies within the Caribbean can work together to promote policies that foster greater development and more effective solutions to ongoing problems—in short, how all the Caribbean region and its peoples can profit from better management. Topics include investigations into the link between corruption and development, economic performance of Caribbean SIDS, government policy on health care, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a call for a Caribbean sovereignty.
We look forward to personally greeting and meeting conference presenters and attendees and to a wonderful three days of knowledge exchange, vibrant discourse, and a positive direction forward.
Mark A. Hawkins