Welcome to Saint Lucia with its natural landscape of gorgeous beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest with its drenching waterfalls, and the ever majestic Piton Mountains, friendly St. Lucians are sure to indulge every taste a perfect location for the 2016 annual conference of the Caribbean College.

I have to commend Charlie Greenidge, our secretary, who stepped up to the plate in coming forward to organize the conference at short notice. It was unfortunate that the original location of Turks & Caicos was changed due to extraordinary hotel rates. It is a testimony to the challenges that the College can overcome. Last year, we had a very successful conference in Barbados with a record number of delegates as well as great support from the sponsors who have been instrumental in making these meetings successful.

Sixteen years after the incorporation of the College, we are stronger and the time has come for us to move forward. As mentioned in my vision for the College in 2015 when I took over as President, we need to start thinking of establishing a headquarters, web site, fund raising and . The college has made strides in establishing a team of volunteers to assist with our surgical expertise to our isolated territories and also in austere environment during natural or man made disaster situations in the Caribbean. It is fitting that this year we invited as our feature speaker Dr.David Nott, a renowned surgeons who has worked in virtually most parts of the world where disasters due to war or natural calamities have occurred.

The programme produced by our Scientific Committee, chaired by our most efficient Shamir Cawich, is interesting and should stimulate the young as well as the senior surgeons . The Social programme, organized by the local organizing secretary is expected to be exciting and relaxing.

Let us enjoy the conference this year, meeting old friends and making new friends.