Presidents and General Secretaries of regional member associations gathered in Suriname this week under the auspices of FIFA to be brought up to speed on FIFA’s new Forward Programme.
The work shop was held for two days and members got a change to answer questions and engage in dialogue on areas which may affect them.
Under the new Forward Programme all other programmes previously offered by FIFA individually were replaced and it now allows member associations to tailor their development projects to their needs. With this comes a significant amount more funding for member associations and at the same time a great deal more scrutiny from the world football governing body.
The workshop was conducted by FIFA’s new Director for Development for the Caribbean and Africa Mr. Veron Mosengo-Omba and his assistant Mr Solomon Mudege.
The FIFA officials also informed the members present that a new regional development office will be opened in Barbados shortly which will allow FIFA to be more personally involved in the region and should a great benefit to member association.
CONCACAF’s director of competitions Mr. Horace Reid attended the workshop on behalf of CONCACAF and delivered the news that CONCACAF will also be opening a regional office in Jamaica. This is expected to happen soon.