On Thursday, 25 March 2021, the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission (LONDON) hosted the Virtual Diaspora Meeting (UK). Presenters include The Honourable E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, and Trade; H.E. Karen-Mae Hill, High Commissioner (Chair); Ambassador H.E. Daven Joseph, Willoughby Bay Project; Colin James, CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority; Eleston Adams, Officer for Diaspora Affairs; Petley Knight, Director, Festivals Commission; and Annette Aflak, Director, CARIFESTA along with diaspora leaders across the UK.
Minister Greene relayed greetings to the diaspora community on behalf go the Prime Minister and the Government and expressed sympathies to those who lost loved ones during the course of the pandemic. Thereafter, Greene expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to engage with diaspora, relay critical updates, and listen to concerns raised to be in a better position to address the concerns raised. Minister Greene then provided updates and further information on current diaspora-focused policies, COVID-19-related updates and guidances, the economic impact on the economy, and potential opportunities for investment and economic growth. He closed his remarks by encouraging members of the diaspora to return and get involved in the development of the twin-island state.
Other special invited presenters provided updates on their respective portfolios and answered questions posed by attendees.
If you missed the Virtual Diaspora Meeting (UK), you can watch below.