PM Urges Barbadians Living Overseas To `Get Involved`

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CaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues. Aug. 10, 2010: Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson wants all Barbadians in the Diaspora to get more involved in national activities wherever they live.

This message was delivered Monday on his behalf by Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister`s Office, Keith Franklin, during the opening ceremony for the Barbados Network Consultation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Franklin told the participants that Thompson feels the Diaspora policy of the government is a dream come true.

`For too long our policy has been diffuse, complicated, unfocussed and resource-starved,` he was quoted as saying. `In my 2008 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals I said then that this government … viewed the Diaspora as an integral part of the economic, social and cultural development of Barbados and is determined to create a comprehensive strategy for engaging them.` 

`I anticipate that this relationship will continue and that in the near future there will exist a seamless connection between Barbadians on the `rock` and Barbadians in the Diaspora,` he added in the statement.

Prime Minister Thompson is on two months leave due to illness.

 

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