Off-shore Bank­ing Con­fer­ence graces Lo­cal Shores

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Faye Chantelle Mon­de­sir

The Cal­abash Cove Beach Re­sort was the venue re­cently for the launch of the an­nual So­ci­ety of Trust & Es­tate Prac­ti­tion­ers (STEP) CC16 Caribbean Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence com­mit­tee has for over 16 years now been con­gre­gat­ing to for­mu­late ideas, in or­der – ac­cord­ing to them - to host one of the world’s best trust con­fer­ences. This year the con­fer­ence cel­e­brates its 18th year and has been an an­nual sell-out event and premier pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and net­work­ing re­gional op­por­tu­nity since in­cep­tion.

Part of the STEP World­wide As­so­ci­a­tion is the STEP Caribbean re­gion which is swiftly evolv­ing into one of the most in­flu­en­tial and broad­est re­gions within the STEP world. For­mer STEP world­wide chair­per­son, He­lene Lewis, came from the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands which marked a turn­ing point for the global as­so­ci­a­tion.

Lewis re­marked, “Not only has STEP World­wide rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of the re­gion in the global trust sec­tor but this con­fer­ence has be­come one of the “must at­tend” events of the year.” She went on to say, “Ev­ery year, for the past fif­teen years, we wel­come the world to one of our mem­ber ju­ris­dic­tions and, ev­ery year, they come in droves to the con­fer­ence.”

While the STEP Saint Lu­cia Branch is rel­a­tively small, it is cer­tainly not minis­cule in terms of its re­gional pres­ence and is far from over­looked around in­ter­na­tional dis­cus­sion ta­bles. STEP St. Lu­cia has man­aged to suc­cess­fully win the bid to host the con­fer­ence here on Lu­cian shores.

The dis­tin­guish­ing fac­tor for this off­shore fi­nan­cial ser­vices con­fer­ence is its ex­clu­sive abil­ity of com­mit­tee mem­bers to work seam­lessly for the ben­e­fit of the re­gion and their in­di­vid­ual port­fo­lios si­mul­ta­ne­ously. With the STEP St. Lu­cia branch con­sist­ing of fif­teen mem­bers, sev­eral are com­mu­nity lead­ers and sub­ject mat­ter ex­perts. Th­ese prac­ti­tion­ers’ role is to ad­vise their clients on how best to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity of their gen­er­a­tional le­ga­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers, “Un­like other ini­tia­tives in the re­gion that at­tempt to bring to­gether dis­parate and dis­tinct coun­tries, the STEP Caribbean Con­fer­ence not only man­ages to put aside in­di­vid­ual coun­try and branch agen­das, but also man­ages to at­tract in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates and spon­sors and, most im­por­tantly, speak­ers to the ta­ble each and ev­ery year.”

2016’s St. Lu­cian con­fer­ence is ex­pected to be a suc­cess. Con­fer­ence chair­per­son Natalie Au­gustin says that she is “con­fi­dent that del­e­gates will leave the con­fer­ence ready to deal with the on-go­ing tur­bu­lence of the sec­tor on a macro scale.” She re­marked, “Our del­e­gates know that they are go­ing to be con­nected with se­nior col­leagues, speak­ers who are clearly thought lead­ers in their ar­eas of ex­per­tise, and a host of new busi­ness con­nec­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Pro­fes­sor Rose-Marie Belle An­toine and at­tor­ney Thad­deus An­toine are among sched­uled speak­ers who wel­come lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als to reg­is­ter as del­e­gates, par­tic­i­pate in the di­a­logue and con­trib­ute to this on­go­ing re­gional dis­cus­sion. The con­fer­ence is sched­uled for April 25th – 27th, 2016.

Con­fer­ence chair­per­son Natalie Au­gustin.

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