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Sagicor invests in regional education
Dodridge Miller, president and chief executive officer of Sagicor Group, says the company is committed to the advancement of science education in the Caribbean and its partnership with the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) is testimony to that. He said the CSF in partnership with the Caribbean Examination Council CXC) and Sagicor was doing its part to harness the minds of the Caribbean, toward the common goal of sustainable development through science and technology.
Miller said this was being achieved through several avenues such as the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge and the Spice programmes, both of which target the region’s youths.
In the feature address at the CSF Conference in Guyana earlier this month at which the company was honoured, Miller said the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge worked to link young people with suitably qualified and experienced mentors and achievers in a level of engagement that can deliver potentially economically viable projects that can assist with long term development of the region.
“If ever there was a time in our history when the Caribbean needed to harness the minds of its leaders and its citizens towards a common goal of development, now is the time. The Caribbean is facing a multitude of challenges many of which are of external origins, some of which are of our own making, but all of which threaten to destroy the economic and social fabric of our societies,” he said.
“The CSF is providing both the catalyst and the opportunity for us to engage our societies through our youth and to harness our minds towards a common goal of sustainable development for our region. We must take advantage of the opportunities that this engagement will present to build a Caribbean society that is just socially aware and economically prosperous for all of our citizens.” Miller said Sagicor, which has operations in 22 countries, most of them in the Caribbean, was truly at the centre of West Indian culture and well-being.
He said Guyanese nationals working in Barbados and T&T, nationals from T&T contributing to the economic and social development of Barbados and Jamaica and citizens of the Eastern Caribbean States working to improve the lives of other regionally, were sharing experiences, while transferring knowledge. Such engagements represent the essence of Caribbean integration said Miller. He said Sagicor is not alone in this effort and many regional efforts go unnoticed.
“Through a partnership between the CSF, CXC and the insurance giant, a foundation has been established for sustainable development and we hope to build on this in the coming year. The role of CXC is critical to the development of the region.
“Sagicor, the financial institution has the distinct pleasure to represent, share a common vision of sustainable regional development with the CSF and CXC. Sagicor’s vision is to contribute to the development of the communities in which we operate. We achieve this not only through the many products and services that we provide; through our ongoing investments into the productive sectors or our regional economies, but by contributing directly to the communities in the areas of health, education and sports,” Miller said.
“We sincerely believe that by targeting these areas of our communities we are contributing to the building of a healthy, educated, sustainable society. In this regard, our partnership with CSF and CXC is entirely consistent with our vision for the region.”
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