Highlights from the recently concluded RICS (ROYAL INSTITUTE of CHARTERED SURVEYORS) & IPTI (INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY TAX INSTITUTE) Conference in association with the Institute of Surveyors (St. Lucia) Inc. (ISSLU), held at the Bay Gardens Hotel from November 9 – 10, 2016.

November 21st, 2016

The Conference, attended by 160 professionals, was titled “Recent Developments and Experiences Sharing in Valuation and Construction in the Caribbean Public and Private Sector Perspectives”.

It was opened by Minister Senator Jimmy Henry, Minster for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives. Also addressing the delegates were representatives from RICS Americas, IPTI as well as Mr. Celsus Baptiste, Coordinator and presenter, and Mr. Lynn Holstein, both members of ISSLU.

Participants were drawn from the OECS and the Americas, renowned experts and presenters from Europe and England, as well as from Africa and the Caribbean.

The Conference focused on trends and procedures in valuation, assessments, property tax, project management, arbitration, expert witnessing and land surveying to name a few. There were other topics covered which saw participants from other OECS islands presenting on development strategies as to relates to land investment and property management.

In addition, the event allowed various companies to showcase their products and services, among them was HARRIS, and MASSY UNITED INSURANCE, both of whom were among 10 sponsors for the event.

Overall, the Conference was a considerable success as many issues were highlighted and dealt with. Participants expressed satisfaction with the overall running of the Conference and also stated the goals and objectives were attained throughout the two-day Conference.