York College, The City University of New York (www.york.cuny.edu) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Government Heads and Consular Corps of New York City will present “The Diaspora Forum,” Friday, June 20, 2008, 6:30 — 9:00 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY. The prestigious summit will feature Heads of State and Government from 14 Member States and Overseas Territories of CARICOM, policy makers, members of International Organizations and Financial Agencies, the academic community and the private sector. York College Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, internationally-renowned political scientist and specialist on Caribbean and Inter-American security, will serve as moderator.
The event will provide a medium for open dialogue between Heads of CARICOM and Caribbean nationals living in the New York area. During this forum, CARICOM Heads of Government will discuss the importance of increasing the Diaspora participation in the development of the CARICOM region, as well as investment opportunities available to Caribbean nationals abroad under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). There will also be an interactive Q & A session.
“The CARICOM Government Heads and Consular Corps of New York are delighted to bring this unprecedented conference to New York to reinforce and capitalize on the relations between the Caribbean and New York, which serves as the financial center of the world and residence to a large group of the Caribbean Diaspora,” Consul General of Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of the New Conference on the Caribbean Community, McChesney Emanuel said. “Through this conference, we hope to once again direct the attention of the people of the United States–one of the Caribbean’s major trading partners and the home of the largest number of migrants from the region–to the future of the Caribbean and its peoples.”