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C’bean, African Chamber launched in Ireland

Vincentian Yolande Robertson-Greene and Dr Christopher Stange.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland: Vincentian Yolande Robertson-Greene of Prospect was among ministers of government, business leaders and representatives of civil society organisations attending the recent launch of the Caribbean and African Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise in at Stormont Parliament.

Robertson-Greene is reading for a master’s degree in sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Queen’s University Belfast.

According to a press statement, the Chamber was launched by Dr. Christopher Stange, Honorary Consul for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland and Vice-Chair of the African Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland.

“Different nationalities bring fresh and exciting skills, cultures, and attitudes that enrich society,” Stange said in his remarks, according to a press statement.

“Today is about highlighting Northern Ireland in an international context, strengthening international opportunities and recognising the barriers that exist for marginalised developing countries and their citizens. This initiative provides economic empowerment and is a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realise the Caribbean and African community into the economic mainstream,” he further stated.

From left: Alfred Abolarin - African Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI) Manager; Steven Agnew MLA - Leader of the Green Party and Member of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment; Dr Christopher Stange - Hon. Consul for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland and Vice-Chair of ACSONI

The event was hosted by Steven Agnew, Leader of the Green Party and Member of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

This initiative will offer Caribbean and African leaders, businesses and entrepreneurs a platform to network, share ideas and stimulate local, regional and international opportunities by promoting the Caribbean and Africa from within Northern Ireland.

Attendees were entertained with Caribbean and African gospel choir music provided by Watershed with hospitality including Fairtrade tea and coffee, wine and juice.

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