by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Global Alumni representative, Craig Tuckett, has confirmed his attendance at the Africa-African Diaspora dialogues to be held in Barbados for a period of two days, May 12 and 13 2022.
Tucket shared, “I am the University of the West Indies Global Alumni representative. I am also the former President of the St Kitts- Nevis UWI Alumni Association for the past 6 years and I was selected and invited by the United Nations to attend an international conference that is to be held in Barbados, to address the issue of the decade recognition of persons of African descent. They viewed me as an up and coming regional leader and it was based on that criteria why I was selected.”
Tuckett added, ” I was also endorsed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Hillary Beckles in the present so that I along with him can present the University’s position as it regards to this very important agenda.”
He further shared, “It is important for us to recognize that we here in the CARICOM and also by extension the Western Hemisphere in the diaspora have a role to play to ensure that we always keep the consciousness of the world heightened to the fact that persons of African descent has made an invaluable contribution to world economy, world development and world civilization. We must never let the world forget.”
The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Government of Barbados in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will host the Africa-African Diaspora Dialogues under the theme “Shaping the Present For the Future We Want.”
Tuckett shared with WINN FM athe agenda. Day one of the Dialogue will focus on Achievements, Best Practices and Barriers for the Advancement of the Decade’s Objectives. This will include remarks from Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor at UWI and Mr Harold Robinson Davis, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Region (UNFPA), as well as the Keynote Address by the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Mia Amor Mottley. On day two of the Dialogue, delegates will focus on “Shaping the Future.” Mr David Commissiong, Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM will give a wrap up presentation.
Throughout the course of the two days, delegates will be engaged in roundtable discussions. Rapporteurs will be on site to keep track of main points and then draft a final report, which will include a broad concept, agenda and draft plan of action for the African Diaspora International Summit 2022 to be held in Africa.
According to the University of the West Indies, it played an important role in the organisation of the 2021 CARICOM-Africa Summit; and as such, will be essential in the conceptualization of next steps that will further and strengthen the relationship between Africa and its 6th region.