Awards Presentation & Reception
Ambassadors playing Road Tennis
Cooking by Peter Edey
Symposium on Hospice & Palliative Care in Barbados
A newly formed organisation by Barbadians in the diaspora has presented a proposal to assist in the construction of a hospice in Barbados. The Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA presented the proposal to Minister of Health, Hon Donville Inniss and members of the local medical fraternity, during the Barbados Network Consultation (BNC) 2012 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Wednesday August 8. The facility will allow for a user-friendly means of providing care for persons who are terminally ill, allowing them to spend their last days in an environment of dignity, comfort, and peace. The proposed 20-bed facility is estimated to cost under $2 million.
Prime Minister of Barbados visiting booths at Conference
The New York-based Young Barbadian Professional Society hosted over 250 young Barbadians at their inaugural International Career Forum held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, as part of the recently held Barbados Network Consultations. The event allowed Barbadians between ages 15-25 to gain expert guidance on their career options and choices. The event also saw a number of Barbadians being presented with awards for their achievements and service to Barbados by the YBPS. The standing room only event was addressed by Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Maxine McClean.
Creative Economy Showcase
The Barbados Network Consultations featured a dazzling display of the finest of the Barbados creative industry as dancers, singers, fashion designers and musicians showcased their artistry to a highly appreciative audience at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Wednesday August 8.
Among some of the entertainer featured on the two-hour long show were calypsonians Biggie Irie and Blood, singer Ria Borman and dancer from the Israel Lovell Foundation.
The objective was to provide a forum for visiting show-promoters and other creative arts entrepreneurs from the Barbados diaspora to be more fully appraised of the wide range of talents available in Barbados. The Government of Barbados has identified the creative economy sector as a prime area for diversification of the Barbados economy.
BNC Official Opening - Wednesday August 8th
The Barbados Network Consultation (BNC) 2012 opened in spectacular style on Wednesday August 8 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Prime Minister Hon Freundel Stuart delivered the feature address to an audience which included Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Maxine McClean, other Members of Cabinet, a number of Barbados’ Heads of Diplomatic Missions and some 200 representatives of the Barbados diaspora.
Stunning renditions of the Barbados National Anthem and Barbados My Island by Amanda Fields accompanied by Eric Cobham; a violin and flute instrumental by Cuban-Barbadians Jeisyl Martinez Castillo and Jemma Mirtha Rivas Castillo and a dance by Rene Blackman captured the imagination of the 500-strong audience.
Minister McClean used the metaphor of the passing of a baton in a relay race, to stressed the importance of successive generations sharing and passing on their skills, talents and wisdom to oncoming generations.
She stated that the theme Linking Generations- Embracing Our Youth speaks to all generations – those passing the baton and those receiving it: “The baton being passed is in the form of collective wisdom, knowledge and experience; it is being received by highly energized and innovative world citizens. That baton bears the stamp of Barbados.”
Among the outcomes from the BNC which Minister McClean envisaged were:
- The establishment of a number of contacts and linkages which should serve for personal and corporate networking and business development.
- Barbadians resident overseas should have made contacts with local agencies, government departments and organisations through which they can pursue their respective initiatives.
Church Service - Sunday August 5th
Barbadians from throughout the diaspora flocked to Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) to worship and fellowship as one big family, as the second biennial Barbados Network Consultation (BNC 2012) got on the way with a church service on Sunday. Pastor Mark Thompson conducted the service, while the sermon was delivered by Pastor Lennox Boyce. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Hon Maxine McClean, gave the official welcome address.
Among the other dignitaries attending were Minister of Commerce and Trade, Hon. Haynesly Benn and Minister of Industry, Small Business and rural Development, Hon. Dennis Kellman. Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Consuls General and other diplomats from Barbados’ overseas Missions to Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Cuba were also in attendance. Also present were delegations from the Barbadian diaspora in Cuba and Panama.
The diaspora conference, which runs until Friday August 10, will bring together over 200 Barbadians from throughout the diaspora four four days of discussions, networking, seminars and workshops. The aim is to build closer linkages and opportunities for the diaspora community to contribute to the social and economic development of Barbados.
Highlights of BNC 2012 - Report
Download the document here: Highlights of the Barbados Network Consultation 2012