By Kevon Browne
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris spoke about his Administration’s success in handling the COVID-19 global pandemic, as well as the Government’s overall strategy to increase the country’s resilience during and post-COVID-19 at the Virtual International Concordia Annual Summit on Tuesday (September 22).
With Harris was the Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, Les Khan and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Andrew Skerritt.
One of the themes for the five- day International Concordia Annual Summit 2020, which started on Sunday (September 20), is COVID Response & Recovery within the Concordia Action Alliance Forum.
The Concordia Action Alliance Forum will engage thought leaders around how to best create partnerships addressing ongoing disaster and pandemic preparedness, the response, and resiliency. This critical mass of thought leaders will create a blueprint for recovery through meaningful partnerships and innovation and will be the flagship forum for private sector coordination and collaboration during UNGA week.
According to the Concordia site, the world as it was known is changing, and now more than ever before, the global connection is essential to address today’s concerns of an uncertain future. The 10th Annual five-day Summit provides a non-partisan platform for world leaders to share their vision in an open, transparent, and inclusive forum.
The Concordia brings together current and former heads of state, C-suite and nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Concordia Summit has featured other prominent personalities, presenters, and speakers, such as Joe Biden, Tony Blair, Elaine Chao, Christine Lagarde, and Ivanka Trump.
According to the Summits itinerary, the themes for the entire five-day Summit is:
U.S. Elections & Civic Engagement:
The 2020 U.S. presidential election right around the corner and civic movements confronting police brutality and racial equity has been gaining momentum in the midst of a global pandemic. It is of importance that cross-sector leadership convene to discuss what they surmise is at stake and how the world will be affected by the outcome of November’s election.
Global Finance & Trade:
The global economy is on a roller coaster ride due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These discussions hope to address the ways in which the world will have to adapt to new realities and evaluate the role of cross-sector partnerships to help level the international economic playing field.
Equality, Equity & Human Rights:
The ongoing civil rights protests around the killing of George Floyd and countless other black lives have focused a public spotlight on racial injustice and inequality. Concordia will gather thought leaders to discuss how unity can be established and human rights advanced in the U.S. and on a global scale, making space for tough conversations that can appear uncomfortable to some, to address core issues such as systemic racism, implicit biases, gender inequality, and what we can all be doing to lead the way to a more just and equal world.
Sports, Arts & Education: Levers of Growth and Diplomacy:
Sporting events have become drivers of economic and social growth, and provide a key platform for cross-sector partnerships to engage youth and the wider population in a positive and transformational manner. Stakeholders from the sports industry will discuss how sports are agents of change, as well as the shifting nature of both professional and collegiate sports in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Technology & Workforce Development:
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly underscored the importance of technology and connectivity in today’s world. Conversations around the future of technology and the world’s digital transformation, to deploy technology for growth, success, and inclusivity will be discussed.