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Empowering Economic Progress: Highlights from the CNMI Economic Development Summit

26 March 2024

Matrix had the honor to host and facilitate the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Economic Development Summit on March 21, 2024. The Charting Our Future Summit commenced with inspiring opening remarks from the Honorable Governor Arnold I. Palacios and the Honorable Lieutenant Governor David M. Apatang, resonating a spirit of unity and purpose.

With over 100 participants — including officials from the Government of the CNMI and the Legislature, along with mayors, community organization representatives, and business leaders — the summit proved to be a vital platform for engagement. We presented an in-depth analysis of the CNMI's current economic landscape and identified development opportunities crucial for future prosperity. The afternoon saw dynamic group breakout sessions, where stakeholders from diverse sectors collaborated to outline a roadmap for economic development. These sessions became hubs of innovation, fostering the exchange of ideas and strategies.

The summit transcended mere discussions; it paved actionable paths forward for the CNMI. Moving forward, there's palpable excitement to continue this journey together. The community's active participation and the evident collaborative spirit reinforced the summit’s foundations, and the focus remains on fostering sustainable development and economic prosperity for all in the CNMI.

Several news outlets provided coverage of the summit, highlighting its significance for the region's future. Reports from publications such as KUAM CNMI, The Marianas Variety, and Saipan Tribune underscored the collaborative efforts of government officials, community leaders, and businesses in charting a path toward economic prosperity. The coverage emphasized the importance of the summit as a platform for dialogue and action, reflecting the shared commitment to fostering sustainable development in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For further reading, below are the links to access the aforementioned coverage:


KUAM CNMI News Article

The Marianas Variety News Article  

Saipan Tribune News Article