During our meeting in October on Caribbean 2030 – new thinking for a new generation III, the Caribbean2030 Leaders’ Network was born. This group will build an entrepreneurial spirit of collaboration across the region.
Self-dubbed as a ‘do tank’, the group, now 70 strong, leverages individual passions and uses their networks and platforms to instigate positive change in the region.
This dynamic Network has met over three meetings in 2015 and 2016 and includes forward-thinking politicians, innovators, entrepreneurs, education leaders, communications specialists, diaspora members and more.
Caribbean 2030 – new thinking for a new generation (June 2015)
Ryan Hoppie, Julian Miller and Jadia JnPierre
Caribbean 2030 – new thinking for a new generation II: innovation and entrepreneurship (held in Jamaica, February 2016)
Participants during informal discussions
Caribbean 2030 – new thinking for a new generation III: Caribbean sustainability – green growth and good governance (October 2016)
Participants taking part in a session at the event in October 2016
Over the meetings the group identified a vision for the region:
Creating a Caribbean that is peaceful, self-sufficient, globally competitive and resilient – promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Network have now identified two particular areas they will focus on:
- Open data – to help build a culture of openness, transparency and good governance.
- Green growth – to support the transition to a more sustainable economy.
The group has developed a series of strategies and targets to achieve tangible results over the coming year. As a network they are working actively across the region on these issues, and also supporting members’ initiatives, advocating for change, sharing ideas, data and making introductions through their broad network.
The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) will act as the Network’s secretariat in the future, having been heavily involved in the project as our lead regional partner throughout. Dr Damien King, Co-Executive Director of the Kingston based CaPRI, said he is “happy with how the process with the Caribbean2030 Leaders Network is proceeding and [is] optimistic about achieving meaningful outcomes”.
The third meeting of the network in the Caribbean 2030 series was coordinated by us in October 2016 with the support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and CaPRI.
As each participant left, they outlined the actions that they will follow up in the coming months to achieve the goals set out by the network as a whole. We look forward to seeing their ideas and contributions take shape in the future.