A national discussion on preparing ourselves to embrace our international airport is expected to get started here on Thursday April 19th 2012, when the International Airport Development Company, IADC hosts a town hall meeting at Frenches House.
With the expected completion and subsequent operation of the airport, several things will have to be in place if Vincentians generally are to maximize the opportunities that are likely to come with the operation of the airport.
It is expected that specific sectors including, business, tourism, agriculture, fisheries etc will be impacted, therefore persons in these areas need to be particularly aware of what they must be doing now to take advantage of the economic opportunities that will arise.
Thursday’s town hall meeting will hear addresses from, CEO of the IADC, Dr. Rudy Matthias, Minister of Agriculture, lands and Fisheries, Hon. Saboto Caesar, Director of the Tourism Authority, Glen Beache, President of the SVG Hotel and Tourism Association, Kim Halbich, Chairman of WINFA, Renwick Rose, Chief Fisheries Officer, Raymond Ryan, Marketing Manager at Invest SVG Tonya Fraser and a representative from the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Presentations would be of ten minutes duration with questions and general discussion to follow. This of course would be preceded by a video update on the project.
Persons in the various sectors in and around Kingstown are being invited to attend the meeting. Two other similar town hall meetings are also being planned for the Leeward and Windward sides of the island in the near future.
Thursday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7pm.