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Date: 12 Jul, 2010
Source: Invest Barbados

The Government of Barbados will convene the Inaugural Barbados Diaspora Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, from August 5th – 7th, 2010. This initiative was conceptualised by Prime Minister, the Honourable David Thompson, Q.C., M.P.

Themed “Strengthening the Bonds that Unite Us” the conference and consultation will explore ways to realise national objectives pertaining to the diaspora, which are under the remit of the Council for Investment, Exports, Foreign Exchange and the Diaspora (CIEX). It will also give Barbadians and Friends of Barbados residents abroad the opportunity to discuss ways in which they can make tangible contributions to the development of our island and will catalyse efforts to have a pool of resources at the country’s disposal.

An integral part of government’s outreach to the Diaspora, the Barbados Network Consultation will be held biennially. It is a must attend event for Barbadians keen to learn of government’s plans for nationals in the Diaspora, and for those keen to get involved in its future development.

Strategically scheduled to take place after Crop Over 2010, the Consultation will commence on Thursday, August 5th with a Reception. The Opening Reception will feature traditional Barbadian delicacies and will be held at Ilaro Court – the official residence of the Prime Minister.

The Business Sessions will take place on Friday and Saturday. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 6th at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre at 9:00 a.m. and will feature Remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. The Prime Minister will deliver the Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony.

One of the highlights of the Consultation will be a Town Hall styled meeting, at which Barbadians will have the opportunity to present and discuss matters of importance to them. Other sessions will address topics such as Tourism Development and the Role of Overseas Barbadians; Philanthropy; Investment Opportunities; Cultural Industries; and Returning to the Rock.

To download the Conference Registration form, click here. Registration and payment can also be done weekdays at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The conference programme including sessions and times can be viewed here.

For further information on this important consultation, send an email to Mr. John Blackman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade at barbados@foreign.gov.bb.