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Sen. Rahaman welcomes invitation extended to Grenadians in the Diaspora

Salim Rahaman – the new private sector representative in the Senate

Newly appointed Senator for the private sector in Grenada, Salim Rahaman has given support to the decision taken by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell to invite Grenadians at home and in the Diaspora to send in their CV’s for consideration to serve on state-owned statutory bodies.

In an interview with THE NEW TODAY, Rahaman who made his debut in Parliament on Wednesday said that the island has been suffering from a brain drain for several years and it was the right approach to identify all those Grenadians living abroad who can make a contribution to the development of the nation.

He said that his family had the option to migrate and live in Canada along with his father but opted to stay on the island.

The new private sector representative in the Upper House of Parliament has just returned home from Canada to take up his Senatorial appointment after assisting his daughter to settle down in her quest to further her education at the college and university level.

According to Rahaman, there is a need for Grenada to build on its intellectual capacity “and we have to attract that back.”

“We might not have a lot of money but we have a lot of brain power out there. We have a lot of qualified people out there and people’s power is a great thing and that is what we have to harness more than we ever did before,” he said.

“When we look at the amount of resumes that were sent in to the government when the Prime Minister announced that he would like people to serve on boards and so on,” he added.

Grenadians living at home and in the Diaspora were asked to express their interest and send in their CV’s for consideration for positions on State-owned boards by Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell.

THE NEW TODAY understands that hundreds of applications were sent in for positions and one of the most high profile appointed to serve on a board is Silicon Valley Engineer, Earl Brathwaite.

According to Sen. Rahaman, the invitation extended by PM Dickon Mitchell for Grenadians to express interest in serving provides “an opportunity for us to start a database of qualified people in the diaspora.”

“We never had that before, we were never able to put a figure, at least know who the professionals are. I might know a few, you might know a few but we never had it on a Registry – now we can have all these resumes.”

“Maybe that was not the intended effect but now we can have something, a pool of Human Resource where we can tap in when we need qualified Grenadians to advise on certain subjects in certain areas be it economics or whatever.”

“We want our own (people) as much as possible – we are not opposed to others but if we have our own why not. We don’t go to somebody else’s yard to pick their fruits if we have our own. We are not supposed to be in somebody’s yard but the point is if we have our own that we can pick from we would like to look at and we never had that opportunity before.”

Rahaman is the 1st Vice-President of the Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce and currently serves as Manager of Spice Isle Automotive Inc.

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