Over a year of hard work will finally pay off as the 1st Northern Frontier Summit: Pioneering Re-Development in the Northern Frontier is set to take place today from 7:30am to 4pm at the Azucena I and II at Fiesta Resort & Spa in Garapan.
Jerome Kaipat Aldan of the Northern Islands Development Planning Committee said that the summit is the first ever open forum aimed at discussing the Northern Islands and its various potentials.
Aldan said the summit seeks to provide guidance for business and economic redevelopment in the Commonwealth's northern frontier and to put together short- and long-term plans for these islands, particularly Pagan, which is the most accessible.
“This is an opportunity not only for the residents of the Northern Islands but the community in general,” said Aldan.
The historic summit will involve discussions on various topics, including pioneering investment activities, potential agricultural undertakings, implementation of a fishing community, eco-tourism, exploring alternative energy sources, cruise liner expedition, and filming industry.
Featured speakers will include lawmakers and other government officials, federal partners, and business executives, with Saipan Chamber of Commerce president Douglas Brennan as the keynote speaker.
“We want to have in the Northern Islands the kind of development that supports ecological and sustainable living conditions, giving hope to the frontier residents to return back home with the cooperation of the government and the business community,” Aldan told Saipan Tribune.
All discussions at the summit will be compiled by the Northern Islands Mayor's Office and will be made available for informational and follow up purposes.
The 1st Northern Frontier Summit is open to the public for free.