The Barbados Network Consultation (BNC) 2014, which is slated to be held in Barbados from August 3 to 8, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, was officially launched by Barbados’ Senator Dr. the Hon. Esther Byer Suckoo, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, recently.
The BNC is the premier conference for Barbadians, Barbadian descendants and friends of Barbados abroad and at home. The BNC, a biennial conference, provides a forum for Barbadians who live abroad to “liaise, interact, network and form alliances with Barbadians at home.”
With a chosen theme of ‘One Nation, One Family – Building Pathways to Prosperity and Development’, Senator Byer Suckoo noted that, “… the Barbados Network Consultation provides an opportune occasion for discussions on how existing pathways of interaction between Barbadians overseas and at home may be improved further or developed.”
This year, the theme has been incorporated in the BNC logo, as part of the branding strategy. Describing the significance of the logo, the Senator indicated that it depicted “Barbados as its centre surrounded by the rest of the world, with arrows or pathways pointing inward and outward.”
A tentative programme of the BNC will include sessions on Pathways to Trade and Investment; Status Recognition; Philanthropy and related assistance; Finance; and Resettlement. Special sessions will also be held on the Barbados-Panama connection, as well as by the Barbados-American Cancer Association, which is seeking to set up a hospice in Barbados.