Private Sector Forum


Jennifer Jeffs, Senior Vice President, Canadian International Council and CIGI Deputy Executive Director and Senior Fellow

The opening sessions of the private sector forum are stressing the need for public-private partnerships as key to creating the long-term sustainable investment opportunities needed to attract the FDI that will promote growth. These partnerships will be more effective and have greater impact if they can manage in a systematic rather than piecemeal manner.

The challenge of creating and managing public-private initiatives is an area where fresh and innovative ideas are needed to create models sufficiently flexible to be applied to diverse areas, from healthcare to cottage industries to energy.

Joe Clark, who signed Canada into the OAS 20 years ago stressed that the current economic crisis offers an opportunity to re-examine traditional political and economic assumptions as much as pervasive social ones, stressing the issue of trust. The countries of the hemisphere would be well served to act upon the strong trust engendered by NGOs to create circumstances that enable them to do their good work. One immediately thinks of security and the rule of law, areas where Canada has much to contribute.

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6 Responses to Private Sector Forum

  1. Kris says:

    I am curious to hear how Joe Clarks’ comments have been received by other attendees at the conference, specifically individuals from some of the Carribbean communities in attendance.

    Thank you.

  2. Matt says:

    Wow! Great site, its pretty cool watching the the updates as they happen through Twitter. I notice that there was a Youth Forum on the morning agenda. What conclusions were reached there?

  3. Joe Clark is much loved in the Caribbean for his interest in development and democracy and his participation on numerous non-profit boards – such as CIGI’s and FOCAL’s – and their working groups on economic development and governance and social progress. We Canadians in the audience were proud to have him there and his comments resonated strongly with the theme of the day – public-private partnerships.

  4. Andy says:

    Joe Clark is a man of tremendous integrity and has a vision that is appealing to everyone who has any ethics at all. The current american ethic is GREED,GREED,GREED. Any public/private venture will degenerate into a demand for another handout from the american taxpayers.Having said that. Keep up the good work. Any attempt to improve the situation is worth the effort.

  5. Jay says:

    I once met Joe Clarke in a 4th year politics class at McGill that I got to sit in on. He was one of the most reasonable and well measured politicians I’ve ever seen. I came late so I had to sit in the front row, so he thought I must have a been a keener so he kept asking me questions. I don’t even go to that school, or any school and I dont know anything about politics…i was just killing time waiting for my girlfriend. Akward!

  6. acanceenafell says:

    I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…

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