1st National Bank continues its long-standing relationship with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College by sponsoring the educational institution’s inaugural Thought Festival dubbed “Unthink”.
The one-day virtual discourse was also witnessed by a small in-studio audience who, together with virtual land were fed a menu on globalization and sustainability.
The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Gale Rigobert, Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development. Dr. Rigobert commended the college on such a timely and bold initiative. Recently appointed President of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr. Hyginus Leon, delivered the keynote address and lauded the contribution of the Nobel Laureate stating that Sir Arthur’s ideas remain relevant today and if applied can propel countries to sustained economic development.
The Bank, not only partnered with the college but also participated in the event through the contribution of its Managing Director Johnathan Johannes who was part of a sterling panel consisting of several experts across the region exploring the topic Caribbean Futures. Mr. Johannes took some time in his brief presentation to introduce the gospel of collaboration as it relates to sharing of best practices, knowledge transfer, as well as investing and sharing of assets. According to the Managing Director of St. Lucia’s first indigenous Bank this can only serve to fuel a stronger more vibrant Caribbean economy.
Several renowned panelists and moderators were engaged in various topics such as Climate Action and Fourth Industrial Revolution throughout the day. However, the evening belonged to the youth as they deliberated and discussed Youth and Social Entrepreneurship.
1st National Bank is proud to be associated with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in the staging of such a distinct and innovative initiative, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the passing of St. Lucia’s Nobel Laureate for Economics.