THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) last week held a conference at the Bay Gardens Hotel on “Recent developments and experience sharing in valuation and construction in the Caribbean public and private sector”.
Addressing the conference was Senator Jimmy Henry, Minster in The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives. Also addressing the delegates were representatives from RICS Americas, IPTI as well as Mr. Celsus Baptiste, Coordinator and presenter, and a member of the Institute of Surveyors St. Lucia Inc.
Participants were drawn from the OECS and the Americas, Europe as well as Africa and the Caribbean.
The conference focused on trends and procedures in valuation, assessments, property tax, project management, arbitration and expert witnessing, to name a few. There were other topics covered which saw participants from other OECS islands presenting on development strategies as it relates to land investment and property management.
In addition, the event allowed various companies to showcase their products and services, among them was Harris Paints and Massy United Insurance, both of which were sponsors of the event.
A spokesman for the organizers said overall, the conference was a huge success as many issues were highlighted and dealt with.