McClean: Let’s tap Africa for business
Barbados will be looking at ways to tap into the African market at the upcoming Barbados Network Consultation 2014 – Third Diaspora Conference.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean said at a Press conference today that one of the key speakers at the conference, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, who is chairman of Premium Telecommunications Holdings, will explore how to do business in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“I think that, as a first session, it is a very good way to open the conference because what it does for us is to take us outwards, so to speak, in terms of the wider aspect of the wider diaspora,” she said.
“Clearly, if we look at the continent of Africa outside of our historic familiar ties from a perspective of business, there are many opportunities to be explored there in terms of services, investment, in manufacturing and so on. We in Barbados, I believe, have a lot to offer, whether it’s in term of private sector opportunities and even public sector development as we look across the continent.”
The issue of creating pathways to trade and investment will also be discussed.
Senator McClean said the Africa connection will also give participants a chance to look at the issue of ancestry.
The theme of the August 5-7 conference which is expected to attract about 250 delegates – including a contingent from Panama – is One Nation, One Family Building Pathways To Prosperity And Development.