By Consulate Connector | September 23, 2023
The issuance of the new Trident ID card, the Immigration Department, staff of the Consulate General of New York. the recent Q in the Community in New York and BTMI’s Taste of Oistins were singled out for praise by Barbadians who came out in their numbers, as usual, to engage with Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the town hall meeting held at St. Francis College, (SFC), in Brooklyn.
A range of domestic issues, from road plans, banking matters, aspects of education and developments at the QEH were discussed with the PM giving detailed responses in the three hour meeting.
The session, held before the start of United Nations General Assembly, (UNGA), which the Prime Minister and her team were in New York to attend, was also the first time Senior Minister Kerrie Symmonds addressed a New York audience as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Chaired by Consul General Mackie Holder, it was attended by association members and persons from various states. The audience included Mayor of Plainfield Adrian Mapp and First Lady Amelia, Assembly member, Monique Chandler–Waterman, former Consul General George Griffith and Professor Sam Taitt.
President of SFC, Tim Cecere welcomed Mottley and her team, which included senior civil servants and CEO of Invest Barbados Kaye Greenidge.
Cecere, along with Dr. Gale Gibson- Gayle, Vice President, of Academic Affairs for Partnerships and Enrollment and Dean of Graduate, Online and Professional Programs, Office of Academic Affairs, presented the Prime Minister with a gift basket of SFC paraphernalia.
SFC is currently building a relationship with Barbados to facilitate scholarships to students and for continuing education to attend the more than 100–year old institution. The first scholarship winners are expected to start their stints at SFC soon.
The Prime Minister took time to greet Barbados gymnast Olivia Kelly. who attended the town hall with her father Tori, as well as students of SFC.