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Investment, concessions on returning to Barbados, and challenges in making philanthropic contributions, were among the main issues??discussed yesterday, during a meeting with Prime Minister David Thompson and some 50 leaders of Barbadian organisations of the Tri-State area.

The interactive session, which was requested by Mr. Thompson, took place at the Barbados Consulate in New York.

During the consultation, which included Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Delisle Worrell and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, William Layne, a strategy to promote Barbados more effectively overseas was also discussed.

"Over the past two years, several legitimate requests have been made of me and simple questions asked by leaders of Barbadian organisations. Many of them also feel they have not been an integral part of developing our Diaspora Programme or any previous attempts.

"We have to get Barbadians, wherever they live, to be on board in the economic recovery of our country and in terms of their contribution to our continued development and success. I needed to meet with them. The ideas we received at this meeting are more than helpful," the Prime Minister stated.

He further described the meetings as "extremely productive and useful in terms of our overall economic strategy."

The Prime Minister and his delegation are visiting New York to meet with ratings agencies and banking institutions. Yesterday, the team also met with several prominent financial institutions and a luncheon was held in the Prime Minister’s honour.

Tonight, he will receive a Legacy Award from the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies.

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