Sunday, February 18, 2018

PNM to target diaspora


Whipping up support: People’s National Movement chairman Franklin Khan, right, speaks to the media following the party’s general council meeting yesterday at Balisier House. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

Mark Fraser

People’s National Movement (PNM)  party chairman Franklin Khan has said an international liaison officer will be chosen from New York, USA, by December to assist in consolidating the PNM’s supporters in the North American diaspora.

 He made the comment yesterday during a General Council news conference at Balisier House, Port of Spain.

Among those present were PNM general secretary Ashton Ford.

 Khan said he was also giving a synopsis on political leader Dr Keith Rowley’s recent trip to New York, which he described “as fruitful, productive and enterprising”.

 The PNM is hoping to gain support in North America, including Miami and Toronto, Canada. 

Rowley  is expected to visit London, England,  in August. 

Khan said: “We looked at changing in the constitution like the veto power of political leaders, one man/one vote and full autonomy for Tobago. But a fourth issue was the implementation of an international liaison officer... ex-oficio, who will pull in the PNM diaspora. We have diaspora in New York, Toronto,  Miami, London, and even as far as Ghana. Under the party’s constitution, it was to set the basic infrastructure as to how it was done.” 

Apart from whipping up support in the North American diaspora, Khan said Rowley visited Medgar Evers College in New York, where he delivered a well-received lecture on  the economic/political situation here. He met  privately with individuals, groups and members of the business community. 

Asked if Rowley was seeking funding, Khan said: “He spoke to business people. And there are people in the international diaspora and we welcome (fearless, robust funding.) We have a Web-based payments scenario. We would prefer 100,000 people to give $10 than for one person to give $1 million.”