By Gerald V. Paul
Dedicated to creating opportunities for future leaders, finance and marketing executives met yesterday for breakfast to prepare for the sixth Jamaica Diaspora Conference at Montego Bay in June.
“Education is the future to economic success,” said participant Sean Mason, regional VP and general manager for the Caribbean for Western Union Company.
“It’s about creating opportunities for leaders of the future, creating partnerships,” said Mason who is responsible for Western Union’s business across 29 countries and territories in the English, French and Dutch Caribbean.
He said this year’s Western Union and GraceKennedy presentation of Network Caribbean Borderless Possibilities topics include Corporate Social Responsibility – changing lives, cultivating generations through educational investment and the importance of obtaining Canadian citizenship.
The Biennial Diaspora Conference was launched with Jamaica’s Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown recently in Toronto. The sixth Jamaica Diaspora Conference, Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity is slated for June 13-18.
Mason has served as Western Union representative on the board of Grace Kennedy Money Services, Western Union’s joint venture with GraceKennedy Group, the authorized agent for Western Union.
Wednesday’s Caribbean Borderless Possibilities free town hall event at the CBC atrium was sponsored by Western Union and GraceKennedy Money Services, along with the Caribbean Consular Corp.
GraceKennedy Remittance Service Ltd. senior VP of marketing and operations Noel Greenland said his company “recognizes the importance of engaging the Diaspora in meaningful dialogue to drive development in the Caribbean.
“These meetings are part of a series to strive to formulate ideas on developing the Caribbean.”