Antigua’s PM commits salary to bolster hosting of SIDS conference

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne has pledged to donate his next salary to contribute to Antigua and Barbuda’s hosting of the Fourth International Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference later this year.

Browne made the pledge on Friday during a round table meant to mobilise resources required to host the event in May.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Browne’s pledge of around US$5,000 is designed to motivate others to donate towards hosting the five-day conference.

Approximately 5,000 participants are expected to visit Antigua to partake in the conference.

“The 4th Conference on SIDS marks the conclusion of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway, 2014-2024) and launches a new 10-year vision (2024-2034 agenda) to guide sustainable development in SIDS. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda as the host of the 4th Conference on SIDS aims to coordinate SIDS consultations leading to the development of the Outcome Document that includes the next 10-year Agenda,” OPM said.

“The new 10-year agenda will aim to provide technical support in setting Baselines to Review key achievements of the SAMOA Pathway, gap analysis, lessons learned from a SIDS perspective and facilitate an Institutional review of country-level implementation of the SAMOA Pathway.”

OPM added hosting the conference “is a significant undertaking” and “requires strong and unwavering commitment from all stakeholders and partners.”

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