The Diaspora is coming!

Barbadians and Barbadian descendents residing in the USA, Canada, Europe, Cuba and Latin America will be converging in Barbados in August for the second biennial Diaspora Conference, officially known as The Barbados Network Consultation 2012.

The conference presents a significant opportunity for those keen to grow and expand their businesses beyond these shores. Open to all Barbadians, Barbadian descendents and friends of Barbados overseas and in Barbados, it will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre from August 2-10, 2012. It will feature an attractive package of seminars, workshops, social and cultural activities and will culminate with an awards gala where outstanding Barbadians from the Diaspora will be honoured.

The event is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in collaboration with a number of stakeholder agencies and Ministries including; the Barbados Tourism Association (BTA), BIDC, BHTA, NCF and the ministries of Culture, Industry and Tourism.


BNC 2012


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator the Hon. Maxine McClean has stressed that the BNC 2012 will provide the ‘market space’ for the sharing of information and ideas, for creative initiatives to be discussed and for networking, all in support of Barbados’ development. It will feature an Innovation Room for showcasing novel Barbadians inventions and a speed networking segment which will serve to put local producers in contact with potential buyers.

And the scheduled exhibition affords an excellent opportunity to promote locally made products and/or services to the Barbadian Diaspora community and to establish linkages with them that will serve long term market interests. Persons interested in advertising products and services to hundreds of Barbadians from all walks of life and from all over the world in just four short days - August 7-10th, 2012 are being urged to contact Shennel Richards on (246) 431 2286 or

The conference theme this year is “Linking Generations – Embracing Our Youth”. This is in keeping with a recommendation from the BNC 2010 that in 2012 the conference be youth centred and that it aims to maintain and increase the interest of first, second and third generation youth of Barbadian descent in things Barbadian and to connect Barbadian youth at home and abroad.

Implicit in the theme is a clear statement that the BNC 2012 is for all age groups – those passing the baton and those receiving the baton.

Members of the Young Barbadian Professional Society based in New York, will assume a key role in coordinating a career showcase, putting the spotlight on high potential career options Barbadian youth may not be aware of.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012