This morning I met up with Maureen McGonigle, the founder and chair of Scottish Women in Sport. We were informally introduced by Tasmina Sheikh and spoke about the importance of empowering women irrespective of where they came from or their backgrounds. Maureen spoke at length about a project she is currently involved in and wanted our input, the Global Diaspora Village.
I was fascinated – due to a hectic schedule, I hadn’t had the mental space to acknowledge more than that the Commonwealth Games were occurring in Glasgow and taking time out to listen to the vast amount of resource that it had taken to be on schedule was good to hear.
Besides being a great sporting event which hosts hundreds of countries and shares talents with people across the Globe, the international sporting event has become a great opportunity for networking, creating global publicity, branding and introducing new business and investment opportunity to the millions of delegates who represent their countries in this very diverse event.
The Global Diaspora Village will host a festival of events starting with pre-highlights of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the Largest Gospel Choir. This will be followed by an Award Ceremony night where different achievers will be honoured. A big cultural day will be the official opening of the Village and this will be filled with fun and excitement in form of carnival of cultural groups from different countries and communities.
This has been identified as a great opportunity to promote various countries that seek to promote their products, market their countries and attract skills and investors. To effectively do this DCSS (Diaspora Community Support Services) is setting up a state of the art Global Diaspora Village with each country having its own pavilion space depending on the needs of the country. The Village will offer visitors very high quality ‘corporate’ hospitality and the chance to promote their own countries’ tourism & business investment initiatives.
When complete the Global Diaspora Village will have a public theatre for evening entertainment, a religious Centre for Faith groups, A music center for various artists and Musical groups. An Exhibition pavilion for various brands and products, a food court, a relaxation area, media suites, Investment and business suites will be made available to all countries involved.
We were asked for our thoughts about getting involved on ‘Asia Day’ and we are very pleased to have been given an opportunity to highlight our particular communities and countries on the Asian Subcontinent.
For more information about the Global Diaspora Village, please click here.