Logistics and Connectivity the Focus of 16th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture

‘Rethinking Caribbean Logistics: Driving Forces; New Paradigms,’ is the topic of this year’s 16th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture to be delivered by President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor the Honourable Gordon Shirley on May 19 in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The lecture, named in honour of the second President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is held during the week of the Bank’s Annual Meeting. This year’s 45th Annual Meeting is hosted by St. Kitts and Nevis with the lecture taking place at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Basseterre.

Keynote speaker, Professor Shirley is a distinguished educator and diplomat. He is Chairman of Jamaica’s National Task Force, leading the charge in coordinating critical infrastructural and labour factors for the Logistics Hub initiative. The initiative’s aim is to make Jamaica a port of reference in a Region with one of the highest levels of commercial traffic in the world.

Professor Shirley has also worked with several national and private organisations and is a former Ambassador to the United States of America; Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the OAS; and Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

CDB’s 45th Annual Meeting takes place on May 20 and 21, 2015 under the theme, ‘Facilitating Growth: Transforming Regional Logistics Infrastructure and Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship.’ The meeting brings together representatives of the Bank’s 27 member countries to review CDB’s performance and impact and priority issues for the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries.

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CAPTION: Keynote speaker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor the Honourable Gordon Shirley