Heads of government and their representatives attending the 21st Century Government Summit in Antigua endorsed and expressed their commitment to establishing 21st century governance in their respective countries.

The government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration, hosted a summit to present to regional heads of government the principles of 21st century governance, the goal of which is to accelerate government and public service transformation and thereby strengthen economic competitiveness and promote sustainable development.

A three-day symposium, designed to prepare public sector practitioners for the work that has to be done to establish 21st century governments, followed the summit from January 17-19.

Delivering the feature address, and calling on his regional counterparts to take up the mantle to lead the transformation process, Grenada’s prime minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, stated, “As leaders, we must lead the process. That is our responsibility. We must use our power to make the paradigm shift to break from our traditional mindset, practices and methods of engaging our citizens. We must embrace information and communication technologies to transform and make the relationship with our government and citizens more effective and efficient.”

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