Press Release – San Pedro Town Council – May 31, 2011 – On Saturday 4th June a group of 12 emerging (future) leaders will arrive in Belize on AA 2103 to commence a Study Tour of Belize from June 4 – 8, 2011. The members of this group have been selected from several countries, including Canada, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.

During their visit they will be travelling to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Xunantunich, Spanish Lookout, Marie Sharp Fine Foods, Citrus Products of Belize, Belize Natural Energy and Belize Sugar Industry; they will also be addressed by a representative of the Banana Industry. These visits will serve as an opportunity for dialogue and for participants to be exposed to the diverse challenges faced by leaders in Belize. They will report on their experience in plenary sessions in Barbados at the end of the conference.

This is part of a unique experience and initiative entitled the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD) which brings together 120 future leaders from Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean to participate in a two week, leadership development conference from May 28 to June 11, 2011 under the Theme: “Growth Through Connection – Enabling Sustainable Progress”. The CCELD opened in Ottawa, Canada on May 28 where they participated in discussions on the challenges facing leaders and engaged in two days of presentations, discussion and networking.

While this group is visiting with us here in Belize, five (5) Belizeans will be participating in other Study Tours in various Caribbean territories. The countries involved in this initiative include the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The Local Planning Committee takes this opportunity to thank all our sponsors/partners, without whose support the Belize Tour would not have been possible. These include: Social Security Board, Belize Electricity Limited, Belize Natural Energy Ltd., Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd., The Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, Belize Defense Force, Atlantic Bank, Mirage Belize, National Trade Union Congress of Belize (BNTU), Bowen & Bowen, Belize Telemedia Ltd., House of Culture, The Mayors of: Belize City, San Pedro, San Ignacio & Santa Elena, Dangriga, and Belmopan.

Special appreciation is also expressed to all the companies and enterprises that opened their facilities to host the group of emerging leaders during the Belize Tour.