Barbadians and persons interested in the economy and investing in Barbados got a thorough overview of the country’s situation, insights into several areas for business development and even heard two pitches for new business investment from two young persons.
All of this was delivered at Summit 2: Barbadians Working Together – Let’s Do Business, held recently in Plainfield, New Jersey.
It was the second in a series of interactions between Barbadians and government officials initiated by Barbados’ Consul General at NY., Mackie Holder.
A joint event with the Mayor of Plainfield, Barbadian Adrian Mapp, Barbadians Working Together – Let’s Do Business was aimed at giving attendees a comprehensive view of the current economic state of the island, point out business opportunities and answer questions ranging from taxes to ease of doing business.
Barbados’ Chief Economic Advisor, Ambassador Dr. Clyde Mascoll was the featured presenter, engaging the audience at Washington Community School for more than two hours.
Consul General Holder outlined various options available at all levels and in a range of areas for possible investment and urged Barbadians to take full advantage of the opportunities.
The Summit, also attended by the Barbados’ Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Elizabeth Thompson, also included presentations from the other Team Barbados members – from Senior Business Development Officer of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., (BTMI), Eusi Skeete and Manager of Invest Barbados NY, Leslie Gittens.
The audience also received updates on the Care Buddy Project assisting the Pediatric Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from Project Director Treva Holder and an overview of the Barbados Network Programme, which benefits Barbadians returning home to live, from Consul John Blackman.
Additionally, Mrs. Keiva Niver, an American married to a Barbadian, pitched her concept for a boutique green hotel aimed at the surfing community and Dwayne Bishop, a Barbadian resident in NY, pitched a booking app for the tourism sector.
The summit, which ran from 10 AM – 5 PM attracted participants from as far away as Chicago, who also viewed videos of aspects of Barbados and received packages including visa application information and promotional material on Crop Over, Barbados biggest annual festival, and Vision 2020, We Gatherin’, the initiative of Prime Minister Mia Mottley aimed at encouraging Barbadians to return home throughout next year for a range of experiences and interactions.