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PJ Patterson to speak in UK on uniting the Caribbean

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:53 PM
Former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson.

The Voice:
Former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson, will be the keynote speaker at two events in the UK starting on June 7 in Great Barr, Birmingham.

His second talk will take place on June 9 in Camden, London.

The events, titled Caribbean Diaspora Borderless Possibilities, is part of a drive across 16 Caribbean countries considering building a united region, so that economically and politically, they can become stronger and less dependant on other countries for support.

The vision is that by helping each of the islands in the region to build positive partnerships, this will stimulate growth and long-term stability.

With support from Grace Kennedy Ltd and Western Union Ltd, the project management team in the Caribbean have organised and delivered five town hall events across the USA in 2015 to engage people who have an interest in the Caribbean.

The response to the meetings in Miami, New York and other states, which attracted an average of 1,500 people per event, were overwhelmingly positive.

The UK leg of the tour will kick off on June 7 at the Badshah Palace Conference Centre, Walsall Road, Great Barr, Birmingham B42 1LR at 7pm. At 6pm will be a Caribbean style welcome reception.

The second leg of the tour will be on June 9 at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE also starting at 7 p.m. A welcome reception will get underway at 6 p.m.

Patterson will supported on the panel by executives from Grace Kennedy Ltd and Western Union and one local speaker from Birmingham and one from London.

The Local Speaker in Birmingham is Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council Councillor Ian Lord and the local speaker in London will be Mr Ansell Wong of the Windrush Foundation and a Carnival Arts pioneer.

The event will be blessed by Bishop Derek Webley in Birmingham and by Mrs Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplin to the Queen in London.

Entrance to the events is free, but early arrival will guarantee the seating, which will be available.

The organisers are keen to ensure people from all sections of the community, including churches, are able to engage with this event and are encouraging the sharing of this information with Caribbean organisations, friends and family who are welcome to attend.