The critical role the diaspora continues to play in the development of Barbados has been underscored by Minister of State in the Prime Minister???s Office, Senator Patrick Todd.

And, Senator Todd has stressed that Government is steadfast in its pursuit of continually engaging Barbadians overseas.

He made the comments recently at a meeting of the UK/Barbadian Families and Friends Progressive Association at the Christ Church Parish Church.

The Minister told the gathering that another Barbados Network Consultation (BNC) or Diaspora Conference would be held from August 3 to 8 and noted that it represents a key component of the consultative process.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in the process of coordinating an exciting programme for the BNC and disclosed that for the past three Saturdays, video and teleconferences were held with the overseas Missions, as well as those Barbadian organisations and individuals who wish to be a part of the preparations for the Consultation.

Senator Todd encouraged the members of the UK/Barbadian Families and Friends Progressive Association to participate in the conference.

???As members of our Barbadian family, we are always mindful of the diaspora???s contribution to national development and your willingness to offer support and ideas for promoting our nation???s prosperity???

???We are determined to design a programme which is extremely attractive and relevant to a variety of age groups. I would wish to issue a special challenge to the Barbadian diaspora in the UK to mobilise its resources and ensure that a sizeable contingent is prepared to participate in the BNC 2014. As one of Barbados??? oldest diaspora communities, we would naturally expect a high level of leadership on your part,??? he stated.

The first Barbados Network Consultation was held in 2010 and some 350 Barbadians from throughout the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean are expected to participate in this year???s conference.

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