27th August, 2021 – Port-of-Spain.  The Inter-American Development Bank and the Heroes Foundation will host a two-day virtual Future Forum on September 2nd and 3rd to connect youth leaders, industry professionals, and government officials in a conversation about the future we need.

The Forum intends to bring young people, primarily aged 11-17 from across Trinidad and Tobago, into the national development conversation to challenge and collaborate to create a better and more sustainable future.

Speakers include Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Stuart Young, Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, and Minister of Youth Development and National Service, Foster Cummings.

Day one of the Forum will focus on Education, Energy, and Equality, while day two will look at Technology, Agriculture, and Arts and Culture.

IDB Country Representative for Trinidad and Tobago, Carina Cockburn, notes, “This Forum will allow leaders and experts to ensure that our development agenda meets the needs of one of our most important stakeholders – the youth.  Creating a sustainable future requires us to ensure that their voices and views guide our planning and decision making.”

Heroes CEO, Lawrence Arjoon notes, “COVID-19 has profoundly challenged the lives of children and youth around the region.  Future Forum is our way of creating a clear pathway to the possibilities that still exist for youth beyond the pandemic.  This is also their chance to ensure that their voices are heard on issues important to them and to our future.”

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