KINGSTOWN, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – March 19, 2019 – The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, will on March 20-21 host a workshop on “Resilient Urban Development of the Modern City and Kingstown” this as government moves ahead with plans to make Arnos Vale the next city in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The workshop will focus on two key areas: (a) the revitalization of Kingstown and (b) the development of Arnos Vale as a “modern city”. Specific topics will include design of urban spaces, development of business and financial models to fund urban investments, optimization of transportation systems, and management of disaster and climate risks.  This strategy workshop aligns with the ongoing Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project which aims to improve quality of life for Vincentians, increase resilience and catalyze inclusive economic growth. 

The objectives of the workshop are: to contribute to technical and financial strategies for resilient urban development in Arnos Vale and Kingstown and to receive inputs from stakeholders to guide a list of priority actions and implementation in the short-term.

The workshop is being held in collaboration with the World Bank Group, with funding from the European Union/African Caribbean Pacific (EU/ACP)– – Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program and will take place at the NIS Conference Room. Participants will include representatives from public and private sector entities, academia and civil society. The aim of the workshop is to develop a technical and financial strategy for resilient urban development in Kingstown and Arnos Vale.

Facilitators will be drawn from key national stakeholders, regional planners and international experts from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Engineering and Architecture consulting firm – IDOM, and the World Bank Group.

The Workshop is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am at the NIS Conference Room. fffffff

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