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Barbados’ newest Consul General, Mackie Holder, has some big projects set for his tenure. The recently appointed diplomat hosted his first big public event of the year at Medgar Evers College on Jan. 26 — a summit introducing himself to the Barbadian Diaspora, and exploring many of his concerns and visions for the year. He said many more similar events will be held and he will tackle and bring on as many issues to the forefront.

Under his leadership, Holder said he is switching a few gears by prioritizing a new action plan.

“We’ve had a number of meetings with many associates, and we’re going to have a more business-like approach and focus more on issues that are affecting Barbadians here and there — whether they are health issues or economic issues,” said Holder.

Holder formerly worked with the island nation’s former prime minister, Owen Arthur, and has extensive experience as a political organiser and strategist.

He wants members of New York’s Barbadian community, and the larger Caribbean community to show an interest in programming the consulate plans on spearheading this year.

“It’s an honor to represent your country and my intention to all Barbadians and individuals who are interested in building and investing in Barbados — I’m really excited about having more dialogue,” he said.

At the top of his agenda list are many issues, but his main concern is ensuring togetherness and collaborative participation.

“We need to become more unified and come together,” he said. “We are a small group and we can really use as much unity as we could and I’m interested in that.”

He added that the country’s economic needs mean that its citizens need to be more familiar with current affairs.

“We need to help Barbados because the country is going through a difficult time right now economically, and I want to rally all Barbadians to support whenever and however they can,” said Holder.

Later this year, the consulate will host health events, immigration seminars, and various other cultural meets.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Updated 1:11 pm, February 11, 2019
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