Floyd Green takes charge of G2K

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 11, 2012

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AN extraordinary meeting of Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professionals wing of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has confirmed the appointment of attorneyat-law Floyd Green as its new president.

Green was elected to succeed Delano Seiveright, who had been president since 2009.

The extraordinary G2K meeting was held at the JLP headquarters on Belmont Road, Kingston on Saturday.

Party sources expect the new president, who was one of the founding members of G2K on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in 2001, to bring a different leadership style, which will serve the party’s regrouping after its dismal showing in the 2011 General Elections.

He succeeds the very colourful Seiveright, who some persons felt was too outspoken. But despite this, Seiveright served three terms as head of the organisation and had announced last year that he had no intention of serving a fourth term.

Green, who grew up in St Elizabeth and went to Munro College before obtaining a law degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI), currently works with the law firm established by Wentworth Charles.

His presidency is expected to be guided by the recommendations of a recent strategic review of the organisation, released in May, which recommended wider public appearances by other members of the executive to reflect the views of the organisation, as well as the need for specialists to research and speak on the policies of the various ministries of Government.

The internal review committee, chaired by Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, also suggested that G2K resume robust analysis of Government policies. However, the committee said that despite the criticisms, it had no doubt that G2K remains an important player in Jamaica’s political landscape.

In his inaugural speech, Green criticised the current PNP Government for making pre-election promises it knew it could not fulfil, for misleading the public about the need for strong, effective economic measures and for its inability to properly manage the economy.

He said that G2K would have an important role to play in getting the JLP back in Government and the Jamaican economy back on track.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness welcomed the new G2K leader at a press briefing which followed the meeting, and expressed full confidence in his ability to expand the organisation and assist the party’s return to power.

Both Holness and Green paid tribute to Seiveright for his "strong and fearless" leadership over the past three years. Holness said Seiveright would continue to serve the party at another level.

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