Students in secondary schools and colleges as well as academics and young professionals from St. Vincent and the Grenadines desirous of participating in the 2017/2018 Essay Writing Competition, hosted by the Department of Foreign Policy and Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, have until tomorrow to submit their entries.

There are two groups for competition: Group 1 (Ages 15 – 20 years) and Group 2 (Ages 21 – 30 years).

In Group 1, the topic is: “The opening of the Argyle International Airport will provide Saint Vincent and the Grenadines air access to new international markets. In what ways can the new international airport facilitate increased foreign investment and aid in diversifying our trade portfolio?”

Participants in group 2 will discuss the topic “As of January 2017, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines began a 3 year term on the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), additionally, this country is bidding for a seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. How is it beneficial for a small country like this to serve on these international committees?”

The top three winners in Group 1 will receive $500, $300 and S250 respectively as well as trophies. In Group 2, the top three participants will receive $500, $400 and $250 respectively as well as trophies. Digicel SVG will provide Samsung smartphones to the first place winners in both categories and to the second place winner in Group 1.

The deadline for applications is today April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm.

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