The celebrations spanned two days, beginning with a welcome ceremony for the guest speaker, Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, on Wednesday, November 12, and the graduation exercise on Thursday, November 13.
Grantley Stephenson, president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), has assured delegates attending the 44th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition of the CSA that the association remains committed to its mission to execute training initiatives to safeguard the future of the shipping industry in the region.
Stephenson was speaking during the opening of the conference now underway in the Dominican Republic. The conference is being hosted by the CSA in partnership with the Dominican Republic Shipping Association at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana.
“The Caribbean Shipping Association must continue to help to define and clarify the changing world in which its members’ businesses operate and prepare the next generation of Caribbean shipping executives in the way that we have been prepared to lead,” Stephenson said, adding that “the present members are heirs to those visionaries who set the stage for one of the most successful attempts at collaboration in this region.”
The CSA president added, “for that reason, we are grateful for the increased levels of assistance provided by members of the Association toward the training programmes that we have initiated during my presidency. For example, our Training Trust Fund received contributions amounting to US$52,500.00 based on an appeal made at our AGM in Panama last year.”