August 16, 2013

IADC to host third in series of town hall meeting

As the International Airport Development company (IADC) continues construction work on the Argyle international airport, the IADC is also continuing awareness work to ensure that all sectors of the Vincentian society are ready to embrace this new airport.{{more}}

To this end, the IADC will host the third in a series of town hall meetings, geared at stimulating thought and action, as persons are encouraged to be prepared to embrace the international airport.

This upcoming meeting takes place at the Sandy Bay Primary School, on Tuesday, August 20, beginning at 7 p.m., under the theme: “Preparing to embrace our international airport”.

Facilitators include: Dr Rudy Matthias, CEO/chairman of the IADC, who will focus on investment opportunities in and around the airport. Montgomery Daniel, area representative, Minister of Housing and former Minister of Agriculture; he will look at the agricultural industry and how it can benefit from the new airport. Neisha Glasgow from the CED will look at business development and funding; Simeon Bacchus, SVG Standards Bureau – implementing standards in the cottage industry; and Hayden Billingy, formerly of National Parks, now coordinator of the UNDP GEF Small Grants programme, will tackle the issue of beautification and the environment.

Presentations will be followed by questions and general discussion. There will also be cultural performances from the Garifuna Dance Company.

The IADC sees it as essential that people are made aware of what is expected of them and offer some guidance as to how to proceed, so that they are in a better position to take advantage of the opportunities which will come from the operation of an international airport in this country, and is taking the lead in this regard.

Two other town hall meetings have already been held in Kingstown and Stubbs.