DAY 1: Monday, 22 October 2018

DAY 2: Tuesday, 23 October 2018

DAY 3: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Biennial Programme

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CAPAM 2018 Biennial Conference programme

DAY 1: Monday, 22 October 2018

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.     Opening Ceremony (Salons A & B)


  • Ms Gay Hamilton, CAPAM Chief Executive Officer
  • Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, President of CAPAM, former Chief Secretary to the Government, Malaysia
  • Ms Katalaina Sapolu, Director, Governance and Peace Directorate of the Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Brigadier David Arthur Granger, MSM, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.     Plenary Session (Salons A & B)

1.0 Structuring the Public Service towards being Climate Proactive

“Many public sectors have been organised, intentionally or not, so that their departments operate in silos with specific mandates and priorities. At times, these priorities can be conflicting, resulting in government sectors operating at cross-purposes. Do examples exist of economic growth and/or climate change experts working across sectors? Is research on climate change, environmental risks, sustainable development, alternative practices and transitional economic growth encouraged, made available and consulted? Is legislation/regulation changing at an appropriate pace to address the coordination and implementation of environmental policies across programmes? How are departments working together to ensure the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, as well as conservation and protection of its natural resources within the framework of striving to improve national prosperity? This sub-theme will focus on structuring the public sector so that it is increasingly aware of, and coordinated in, being climate proactive.”


  • Ambassador Mercy Debrah-Karikari, Secretary to the Cabinet, Ghana
  • Mr Mario Cutajar, Principal Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Malta
Moderated by Dr Ivelaw Griffith, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Guyana

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.        Group Photo and Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions

1.1 United Nations Panel on Confronting the Duality of Climate Action and Economic Growth (Salon C)

“Referencing Caribbean countries in particular, the panel will discuss the increasing vulnerability of small island states to the impacts of climate change, natural disasters, and global economic shocks. Within this reality, the bridge between successful climate action and real economic growth grounded in sustainable development principles rests on building resilience, effective risk reduction and adaptation. The UN system has been making significant contributions, and topics covered during the session will include: governance toolkits on managing climate action and economic growth; just transition and greening with jobs; climate change, agriculture and food security; managing climate change and migration, and; gender and climate change.”


  • Ms Eraina Desiree Yaw, National Project Coordinator for the Caribbean, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Mr Guillermo Montt, Senior Economist at the Research Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Dr Vyjayanthi (Vyju) Lopez, Plant Production and Protection Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization’s Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (FAO-SLC)
  • Dr Rahel Steinbach, Programme Specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Action, UN Women
  • Mr Rajeev Issar, Policy Specialist (Disaster and Climate Risk Governance), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Moderated by Ms Mikiko Tanaka, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana

1.2 Inspiring Leaders towards Collaborative Climate Change Governance (Salon D) 

“This session examines the role of public service leadership and highlights the importance of a comprehensive approach that uses mixed sources and engages different institutional actors in climate change governance and policy coordination.  It underscores a renewed focus on custodial stewardship with alignment to long-term goals, competing priorities and international concerns. The presentations address collaborative climate change governance and its associated accountability through practical examples and frameworks as well as discussion on the structure and effectiveness of the public service and various institutional actors.”


  • Dr John-Mary Kauzya, Chief of Public Service Innovation Branch, United Nations (UN)
  • Ms Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, PhD (c) University of Victoria, and CEO of Sirius Strategic Solutions Ltd., Canada
  • Ms Ndibi Schwiers, Director, Department of Environment, Guyana   
Moderated by Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, President of CAPAM, former Chief Secretary to the Government, Malaysia          

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.     Lunch

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.     Concurrent International Innovations Awards Finalist Presentations

IIA 1.3 (Salon C)

  • Bihar Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act 2015, India
  • Innovative Floating Wetlands and Freshwater-Tolerant Mangroves, Singapore
  • SAFER: Sensemaking Analytics for Maritime Event Recognition, Singapore 
Moderated by Ing Dr Nana Ato Arthur, Head of the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS), Ghana

IIA1.4 (Salon D)

  • Unified Agriculture Markets, India 
  • Impact of Hydrographic Services in Mauritius, Mauritius
  • InNEAvation (NEA's Innovation DNA), Singapore 
Moderated by Dr Jeannine Comma, former Chief Executive Officer, Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies (Retired), Barbados

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.     Exhibits and Arts & Crafts

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.     President of Guyana Welcome Reception at the Baridi Benab, State House hosted by Brigadier David A. Granger, MSM, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana  


DAY 2: Tuesday, 23 October 2018

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.     Plenary Session (Salons A & B)

2.0 Managing Climate Priorities within a Global Context

“Climate issues are, of course, global in nature and require a degree of cooperation and understanding among nations for real change to take effect. Many governments are cautious that their efforts at improving the climate will put their country at a competitive disadvantage on the world stage. In addition, some feel that their efforts are wasted without wholesale buy-in and contribution from all countries. Is there now a compelling case and economic imperative to “go green” in government policy? How is that imperative negotiated, enacted and implemented across nations? What are public sectors doing to ensure that their national climate priorities fit within a global context? This sub-theme will focus on public sector efforts to work within an international community to further their climate priorities while maintaining economic competitiveness with other nations.”


  • Dr Douglas Wilbert Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Directorate of Human and Social Development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
  • HE Satyendra Prasad, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations
 Moderated by Dr Ivelaw Griffith, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Guyana

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Concurrent Workshops

2.1 Integrating Risk Management Processes in Decision Making (Salon D) 

“The objective of this session is to highlight information with regards to the impacts of climate change on economic development and how these impacts can be managed. The environment and economic development are interdependent, with economic development being both constrained and enabled by the attributes of each country’s natural resource base, the environment.  On the other hand, economic development initiatives may impact the environment, which in turn may affect the development initiative. In this sense the environment and economic development are a polarity.  Wicked and complex problems cannot be solved and are often replete with polarities that can be leveraged and managed.   The session will explore the use of Polarity Thinking in addressing climate change and economic development.”


  • Ms Diana Ruiz, Science Officer, The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

2.2 Polarity Thinking – Balancing Climate Action and Economic Growth (Salon C) 

“The workshop objectives are to highlight issues associated with climate change impacts on economic development and propose a methodology on how these could best be managed. Interdependent in nature, economic development is both constrained and enabled by the attributes of a country’s natural resource base (the environment). Conversely, economic development initiatives may impact the environment, which in turn may affect the development initiative.  In this sense the environment and economic development relationship is a polarity. Wicked and complex problems cannot be solved and are often replete with polarities that can be leveraged and managed. This workshop will explore the use of Polarity Thinking in addressing climate change and economic development.”


  •  Dr David Lee, Environment Specialist, Caribbean Leadership Project
  •  Dr Lois Parkes, Regional Project Manager, Caribbean Leadership Project 

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Concurrent Workshops

2.3 Facing Up to Climate Change: Strategies for Developing Policies and Engaging Citizens (Salons A & B) 

“Scientists widely agree that climate change is occurring, primarily as a result of human intervention.  There are already considerable and negative impacts and these will likely worsen over the coming decades.  The literature indicates that effective and coordinated policy action is required to deal with climate change.  While many governments have moved climate action up the priority list in recent times, their response remains somewhat limited.  Citizen mobilisation for mitigation and adaptation policies could drive government action yet many citizens do not prioritise climate change issues. So how could citizens be engaged with climate change? What are the successful policy responses and messages that will make climate consciousness normative or trendy?  How does the public service influence public perceptions and engagement on the issue, how does it coordinate and involve other key actors? Delegates will be invited to share their ideas and successes, which will be captured and published as outcomes  from the conference.” 


  • Ms Margaret Saner CBE, Former Chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.     Lunch

1:45 p.m. -     Project Visits: Smart Classroom and Local Tours, or Green Guyana Expo and International Business Summit, National Cricket Stadium

7:00 p.m.     Theatre

Free evening to enjoy dinner and the surroundings.

DAY 3: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.     Plenary Session (Salons A & B)

3.0 Confronting the Duality of Climate Change and Economic Growth

“In an era where renewable energies are touted in some counties as one path to sustainable living, other nations are newly discovering oil, exploring new methods for its extraction, and mining coal in ever-greater quantities. Policy decisions regarding a country’s approach towards climate action and economic growth are ultimately directed at the political level, and it is up to the machinery of government to implement those directives. In most cases, however, the public service is expected to present analysis and evidence to inform policymaking. How do public service professionals reflect an increasingly evident interdependence between environmental sustainability and economic wellbeing? What are the ethical implications? Where have there been successes in influencing this dichotomy? This sub-theme will focus on the public service role in determining a nation’s climate and economic agenda, including its challenges, opportunities and responsibilities.”


  • Professor Suresh Narine, Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry, Trent University, Canada
Moderated by Dr Ivelaw Griffith, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Guyana

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Concurrent Sessions

3.1 Challenges and Roles Associated with Global Climate Action and National Priorities (Salon C)

“How do you induce countries to agree on a collective course of action that may conflict with their national interests? How do you resolve immediate economic demands with the long-term prosperity of the global community? What is the public sector role in achieving such a daunting undertaking? During this session presenters will review implementation challenges associated with international climate agreements, and will stimulate discussion on the public sector role in managing environmental and economic priorities while considering the global, regional and local effects of climate change. Numerous Case studies will be shared to provide tangible examples related to the issues.”


  • Mr Gabriel Juma Okumu, Deputy Director Training and Development, Public Service Commission, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya
  • Mr K.V. Eapen, Secretary of the Departments of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, India
  • Ms Dianna Rajcumar, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Public Security, Guyana
Moderated by Mr Travis Mitchell, Adviser and Head, Economic Policy and Small States Economic, Youth & Sustainable Development Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat 

3.2 Climate Change: Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Proverbial Canary in the Coal Mine (Salon D)

“Small island states are among the parties least responsible for climate change and yet, are reliant on larger states to ensure that action is taken to mitigate its impacts.  Already vulnerable to the effects of climate change, SIDS may face critical loss of adaptive capacity and ecosystems that are essential to their lives and livelihoods.  Rising sea levels, the increasing number and severity of extreme weather events, increasing air and sea surface temperatures, the loss of coral reefs and changing rainfall patterns, threaten many islands.  These threats can easily cripple small economies.  In terms of climate change, SIDS are the canaries in the proverbial coalmine.  How then are they garnering resources, supporting the process, and working towards solutions?”


  • Ms Janelle Christian, Head of Office, Office of Climate Change, Guyana
  • Ms Gabriella Cassola, Deputy Director, Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence, Malta
  • Ms Mary Rodrigues, Chief Advisor, Strategic Reforms, Cayman Islands
Moderated by Mr Devon Rowe, Executive Director, Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD)

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.     Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Plenary (Salons A & B)

3.3 Protected Areas - Strategies as Solutions in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

“Increasingly, protected areas are recognised as a means to sustainability and serve as tools for adapting to climate change. They are no longer merely about the conservation of species and ecosystems, but provide essential ecological, social, and economic services – such as clean water, carbon storage, genetic reservoirs, disaster mitigation, and soil stabilisation.  Such important networks provide resilience to catastrophic events and connections across landscapes that allow plants and animals to move.  Many countries are moving from passive-isolated management of protected areas to active-inclusive and collaborative approaches working across many sectors.”


  • Mrs Denise Fraser, Commissioner, Protected Areas Commission, Guyana
  • Rear Admiral (Rtd) Gary Anthony Rodwell Best, MSS, Former Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Guyana
  • Dr Gilles Seutin, Chief Scientist, Parks Canada
  • Mr David Singh, Vice President & Executive Director, Conservation International Guyana
  • Ms Emma Doyle, MPA Connect Coordinator, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
Moderated by Mr Joseph F. Caruana, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Malta

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.     Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.     Concurrent International Innovations Awards Finalist Presentations

IIA 3.4 (Salon C)

  • Helping Elderly Singaporeans Plan for Retirement in a Digital World (Singapore)
  • Garbage Clinics - Ambikapur Solutions for Garbage-Free Towns (India)
  • Transforming Public Sector Workplace - PaC@Gov (Singapore) 
Moderated by Mr Melbour Phillip, Technical Coordinator, Technical Action Services Unit (TASU), CARICOM Secretariat

IIA 3.5 (Salon D)

  • Implementation of e-Procurement at the Central Water Authority (Mauritius)
  • Unnayan Banka - Reinventing Education Using Technology (India)
  • OneMap (Singapore)
Moderated by Mr Dunstan Maina, Public Administration Adviser, Public Sector Governance Unit, Commonwealth Secretariat 

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.     Break
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.     Closing Session (Salons A & B)

  • Session statement from the 7th Commonwealth Forum of Public Service Ministers 
  • Rapporteur’s report from the CAPAM 2018 Biennial Conference 
  • Closing Remarks by Mr Vincent Alexander, Chairman of the Board, National Accreditation Council, Guyana 

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.     CAPAM Banquet and International Innovations Awards Winner Announcements (Grand Ballroom)

Gathering 7:30 p.m., dinner at 8:00 p.m.