The United Progressive Party (UPP) is embarking on a Diaspora Connect Roadshow under the theme “Partnership for Investment and Nation Building.”
This initiative will be spearheaded by Political Leader Harold Lovell and Leader of the Opposition Jamale Pringle, who will participate in a series of town hall and private meetings between September 28 and October 3, 2022.
A release from the Party says these events will be held in the New York Tri-State, Southern Florida and Atlanta Metro areas – the three places where most Antiguans and Barbudans in the United States reside.
The UPP recognizes the Diaspora as a stakeholder constituency with tremendous potential, and it wishes to build partnerships with persons and entities with roots, or a vested interest, in this country.
Accordingly, the Party intends to offer reputable investment opportunities to these nationals abroad.
The objectives are to inspire their optimism and interest; have them contribute to nation building; and have them help revive Antigua and Barbuda’s struggling economy.
“There is a large appetite for investment opportunities in the Diaspora,” Lovell says. “We want to … [simplify] the process for them to invest or contribute to national development.”
He says the UPP will create avenues to tap into the Diaspora’s resources and incentives that will persuade them to contribute “more than just remittances.”