Saturday 29 February, 2020

Gather for Vision 2020: Tell Barbados' story

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley wants all Bajans to come home in the year 2020.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley wants all Bajans to come home in the year 2020.

Barbados has a story the World needs to know.

“Our story should be told.”

Using these words, Prime Minister Mia Mottley is encouraging Barbadians – by birth, by marriage, by citizenship, even by choice, to embrace Vision 2020: We Gatherin’ and come home next year.

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Speaking at the launch held on the grounds of the Parliament buildings in the heart of Barbados’ UNESCO World Heritage site – Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, Prime Minister Mottley said, “It [Vision 2020] is about us but it is about us speaking to the world.”

Noting that Barbados has a track record of excellence in numerous spheres throughout history, she said:

“However small we are, we are accustomed to excellence. It isn’t only Mr. [William] Greaves as an astronomer whose name is on the moon. How does a country in the 19th Century cast itself such that its people are the leaders in excellence in cane research and cane breeding globally? How do we reach levels of excellence in so many other fields and fail to tell the story to our young people to inspire them to greater heights and to believe that they too can be pioneers and patriots representing excellence not just in this nation but in this world that we live in?

“So 20:20 is about that conversation, experience, telling our story, sharing passions, experience, coming home.”

She stressed that 20:20 is about Bajans coming back to Barbados and not only gathering on our shores, but she called on them to make a contribution to that old primary school, church in the communities, connect with family, and just get together “cause time is too short; when the day is gone it gone, 20:20 is our time. […] Come together as one to build that best Barbados as one!”

Vision 2020: We Gatherin' was launched on Friday, February 22, 2019.

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