Antiguan to head regional CIDA-funded project

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua: Antiguan Joan Underwood has been named Regional Project Manager with the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP).

Underwood takes up the three-year position later this month. She will be stationed in Barbados in the offices of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD).

The CLP is a seven-year, Cdn$20 million, CIDA-funded project that aims to develop a sustainable, regional public sector leadership development program for 12 participating Caribbean countries ­ Jamaica, Belize, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and Antigua & Barbuda.

As the regional project manager, Underwood will report directly to the CLP director at the Canada School of Public Service which is the project’s executing agency.

Prime Minister Dr. Baldwin Spencer, commenting on Underwood’s appointment, said: “That a national of Antigua & Barbuda has been selected from a competitive field to head this ambitious project is not only a singular honour for our country, but an endorsement of Ambassador Underwood’s outstanding abilities and qualifications.

“As nationals and residents would know, Ambassador Underwood has earned a reputation for excellence in several professional fields, including the sciences, corporate administration, tertiary-level studies and human-resource management; and unqualified respect as a diplomat in the service of the nation. She has been instrumental in securing for our people a number of scholarships in Mexico; was pivotal to critical negotiations and diplomatic relationships with our Latin American partners, particularly with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; and was essential to our pioneering efforts to establish the use of alternative energy here at home.”

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