Youth forum chair selected to attend IMF fellowship

Amaya Athill
Amaya Athill

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Chairperson of the Organising Committee National Youth Forum, Amaya Athill, has accomplished yet another milestone.

She is one of only two people selected from the Caribbean to attend the Spring Meetings of the IMF-sponsored Civil Society Fellowship Programme in Washington DC.

The Civil Society (CSO) Fellowship Programme is jointly organised with the World Bank and has been in existence for 11 years.

The purpose of the fellowship programme is to increase the participation of country-level civil society, youth, and academic representatives, in particular from low- and middle-income countries at the IMF-World Bank Spring Annual Meetings, to discuss global economic and development issues.

Only twenty- five persons globally are selected each year to attend this Fellowship programme and the selection process is highly competitive.

This is the first time Antigua & Barbuda will be represented at the event.

According to Sabina Bhatia, chief of the Communications Department in the Public Affairs Division of the IMF, Athill was selected based on her work in organising the National Youth Forum in Antigua &Barbuda.

The forum was the first youth – focused political debate in Antigua & Barbuda’s history, the significance of which caught the attention of representatives from the international community.

Athill said this achievement represents international recognition of the hard work of the youth forum committee and the contribution it made to bolstering civil society.

“I am humbled that a prestigious international body like the IMF would have held in such high regard the work that the NYF did, such that it would feel like we are an important part of civil society in Antigua and the promotion of civil society in Antigua.

“I am excited to attend and I will represent Antigua and Antiguan youth to the best of my ability.”

Athill will leave for Washington on Saturday. The programme runs from April 5 -12.